Tips to aid digestion

It came as a revelation to me: the fact that lack of sleep or sleep deprivation can lead to indigestion. And I am sure indigestion can ruin a perfect day for anyone. Anyway, there are other reasons too for indigestion so best to take care and avoid them. How? Best not to chew with mouth open, especially happens when one talks while chewing leading to swallow too much air while gulping down food. Some people advocate not having liquids during a meal simply because they tend to wash down needed enzymes needed for digestion. Experts also say that having any sort of food allergy causes fermentation of food in the colon that produces hydrogen and carbon dioxide. So better to get checked up.

In fact there are simple steps that can help one feel better. So why not help yourself? If you smoke, stop smoking. If some foods bother your stomach, try to avoid eating them. Carbohydrates are the main food source responsible for gas because of the bacteria they contain. It is important to find out which foods your body cannot digest and thereby stay away from those foods that cause this allergic reaction. Try to reduce the stress in your life. If you have acid reflux, do not eat just before bedtime. Raising the head of your bed with blocks under two legs may also help. Unless your doctor tells you, do not take a lot of anti-inflammatory medicines.

Consume well-balanced meals with plenty of fibre-rich foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grain cereal products. Avoid refined carbohydrates (sugar), bakery products, macaroni, dairy products, caffeine, citrus juices, tomatoes, pepper, carbonated beverages, potato chips, junk foods, fried and fatty foods, spicy foods, red meat, beans, snacks and colas. Decrease salt consumption. Processed foods and all dairy products cause excess mucus formation, which results in inadequate digestion of proteins. Limit your intake of peanuts, lentils and soybeans as they contain an enzyme inhibitor which hinders absorption and thereby causes indigestion.

Exercise such as brisk walking and stretching enhance the digestive process.

And sleep? The topic that started it all! Anything between seven to eight hours.

Some light foods for you.

Asparagus and pears salad in honey mustard dressing
Crunchy Chicken Salad

Till I write again
Sanjeev Kapoor.

2 thoughts on “Tips to aid digestion

  1. Neha

    thats a really nice and helpful posts…I get indigestion almost every week and wonder which foods cause it..I like to take garlic and onions and I think they are the ones that cause the problem..keep posting such informative posts

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