A bad bout of IBS is enough to ruin any plan, a more than understandable reason to avoid public events where there's a real risk of not having access to a bathroom. If you're finding yourself dealing with digestion issues such as constipation or diarrhea more frequently than you'd like to admit, this may be a sign your gut health needs improving. It may not necessarily be something you're doing wrong to make your digestive operations malfunction, but there are plenty of daily rituals you can adopt in order to improve the situation greatly. Here are our favorite options.
The first group of hacks is a bunch of foods and drinks that will get your stomach on track to digest food effectively. Before any meal, make yourself a glass of warm water with lemon. While the water will work to relax your stomach, the lemon's acid will increase your gastric acid secretion before the food. Because of the digestion-boosting and nutrient assimilating enzyme it contains, papaya is the perfect snack. Lastly, after a meal, drink soda water and bitters. The latter will ensure the stomach is properly prepared to efficiently absorb the nutrients.
Rather than the food itself, you may also need to change how you are eating. For example, experts recommend we focus on our chewing while we eat. The longer we chew, the less we eat and the more time we have to notice if we are full or not. Bonus, the more we break up the food, the easier it is for the body to digest. Additionally, it is not a good idea to starve yourself and binge later, as this can put too much pressure on your digestive system. Eat small meals throughout the day to ensure your metabolism is constantly active. It's also recommended to leave a three-hour gap between eating and sleeping so the body can adequately cleanse and sleep without disruption.
The last category involves digestion-improving exercises. After a big meal, take a short break and then head out for a walk. This will help to reduce glucose levels and keep things flowing around the body effectively. This will help to avoid later issues of gas, bloating, or indigestion. Yoga spinal twists can also work wonders as they detoxify the body, and 'massage' the gut organs and lymphatic glands around the stomach.