5 Non-Food Ways To Boost Digestion
Did you know that stress is one of the main causes of poor digestion? Of course food matters, but optimal digestion involves more factors than what’s on your plate. To improve digestion I recommend my clients integrate these 5 non-food related activities.
- Spend time in nature. Interact with animals. Return to Mother Earth. It’s time for you to remember who you are. Deepening your connection to the divine source will uplift and de-stress you.
- Instead of looking at what you’re eating, look at how you’re eating. Resist eating fast. Panicked eating is stressful eating. Slow down. Savor. Stress chemistry is a major reason for poor digestion. It’s crucial to reverse that and give the body “happy chemistry.”
- Hang out with healthy, happy people. Being around strong positive energy will greatly improve your own “happiness chemistry.” Improving your happiness chemistry will make your belly happy too. Again, when the body is under stress, peristalsis is slowed and digestion is down-regulated, causing stomach aches & constipation. Happy brain, happy colon.
- Chill in the tub. Next time you’re at the drug store pick up a few boxes of epsom salt to use for your next bath. Epsom salts are high in magnesium. Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer. When the GI system is knotted up and tight from stress, magnesium helps to relax those muscles to support proper GI function.
- Put a warm castor oil pack on your belly. Castor oil packs have been used as a traditional healing modality for a long time. Putting a castor oil pack on the belly for about 20 minutes every day to support you in calming inflammation in the GI track as well as offer additional stress relief.
Remember, healthy digestion is not just about food. It’s about HOW TO EAT and how you live your life. I challenge you to look at what is causing you stress and do your best to eliminate or lesson the stressor as much as possible. It’s also important to actively participate in activities that will down-regulate the effects of stress.
Hope this quick post servers you well. And here’s to a healthy, happy belly.