It’s easy to open the floodgates when it comes to an indulgent weeklong getaway or a celebratory occasion, but it’s much more difficult to close them and get back on track, even after just one day. Think about how you—and your body— feel after consuming a sodium-or sugar-rich meal, if you’re like us, it’s sluggish, bloated, and foggy. And while it’s important to treat yourself from time-to-time (everything in moderation), the key to sustaining a healthy lifestyle is taking a balanced approach towards your diet.
The best way to achieve this balance when it comes to controlling your diet is by boosting and promoting digestion, as we rely on this natural process to break down our food into nutrients necessary for growth, cell repair, energy, and more. When you think about digestion from this perspective, it’s easy to understand the emphasis on it’s importance for our overall bodily health.
With that in mind, we’re sharing three tips that naturally improve and aid digestion, which will help you both get back on track and maintain an optimal balance when it comes to your diet.
Make More Good Decisions Than Bad
This may seem like common sense but when you really focus on your decision-making when it comes to what your putting into your body, you’ll likely choose the good over the bad. When it comes to food, let your decisions hold weight rather than become afterthought. Start by choosing foods that are ant-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich like leafy greens, blueberries, broccoli, beets, and salmon, which are both satiating and filling, to prevent sugar cravings and over-eating. It’s also important to try to incorporate probiotic-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut, which promote healthy digestion by stimulating the growth of enzymes and necessary digestive juices. Keeping a food journal (i.e. logging everything you eat), will help you hold yourself accountable for your decisions and allow you to reflect on how you feel after consuming certain foods on specific days. It’s an extremely motivational tool when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet.
Fiber Is Your Friend
Load your plate with veggies, greens, and lean proteins, leaving little room for empty calories. Choosing fiber-rich, plant-based foods like lentils, black beans, nuts and seeds, berries, healthy grains, fruits, and vegetables promotes digestion by helping control hunger, boosting good bacteria, and promoting natural elimination. In this case, mindful eating is a great way to help use fiber-rich foods to your advantage as they are typically very satiating, which leaves you feeling full for longer. Eating mindfully is as simple as slowing down, chewing your food, and waiting a few seconds before your next bite to avoid overeating. You’ll likely realize you only have room for half of the portion on your plate.
Keeping up with a regular exercise routine can be extremely effective for promoting digestion. One important digestive benefit you and your body receive from exercise and physical activity is increased blood flow, which boosts your circulatory system and promotes the health of your organs and overall digestive system. It’s especially important to incorporate some form of cardio, even a long walk or hike, to help improve regular elimination and boost your overall health.
Will you try any of these digestion-boosting these tips? Tell us in the comments below.