Tips for a healthy stomach

Gastrointestinal tract - Function & Keeping it healthy

Be aware of your posture

Poor posture can put pressure on the spine, and may cause deeper supporting muscles to weaken from lack of use. If muscles in the abdomen weaken, this may affect digestion. Listen to your body, make minor adjustments while standing and sitting to find a posture that feels effortless. Effortless posture means less effort for digestion.

Mini-meditation to reduce stress

Stand straight, spread your arms, and consciously breathe deeply in and out for three minutes. Try to go within yourself and "breathe out" inner tensions with every breath. Reducing stress may help ease stomach symptoms as the stomach can be sensitive to stress. For some people stress slows digestion, causing bloating, pain and constipation while others may need to frequently empty their bowels.

Exercise regularly

Regular exercise helps to strengthen muscles in your abdomen, which assists them in pushing digestive contents through your system. If you are time poor, consider opportunities for short workouts, like standing on one leg or circling your upper body while you brush your teeth. If possible, avoid driving and taking public transport and get on your bike or walk to your destination. You can also take the stairs instead of the escalator. Your stomach will thank you.

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Chew your food well

It pays to pay attention to how you eat.  How often do you chew your food before you swallow it? Digestion starts with the act of chewing your food. Take time and eat slowly as food that is well chewed is easier to digest than larger pieces. If food isn’t digested properly, you can suffer from digestive symptoms such as indigestion, heartburn and constipation.

Ensure you drink enough water 

Drinking enough water helps keeps things moving in your digestive tract and helps to prevent constipation.

Switch to whole grain products

High-fibre foods like whole grain products can help to maintain a healthy stomach. Dietary fibre helps material pass through the digestive system with the ideal consistency and bulk. In many cases, high-fibre foods have a low glycaemic index (GI), which means these carbohydrates release glucose gradually into the bloodstream. As a result you stay full for longer plus it helps with digestion. 

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