It’s no secret that poor digestion can ruin your day, so why not implement a few ways to improve your digestion overnight? By tomorrow morning you’ll feel better, look better, and will probably even sleep better too! Plus, these ways to improve digestion don’t require a lot of time, money, or skills. They’re simple things you can do all within your meals and throughout the day. Remember, you can only benefit from what you digest and it's important to care for your digestion to obtain the most nutrients from your food. Here's a few of my favorite ways to eat for your digestion, not against it!.
1. Eat Fruit in the Morning Only
One of the best ways to improve your digestion is to eat your fruit first thing in the morning, preferably 30 minutes before your morning meal. Fruit digests quicker than any other food. When eaten with other foods it sits in your stomach longer, which causes it to ferment and leads to gas, bloating, and indigestion.
2. Avoid Beans
Beans are a healthy food, there's no doubt. However, if you want less bloat and better digestion, it’s best to avoid them, especially with other hard-to-digest foods such as grains and meat.
3. Eat Protein with Veggies, Not Starch
It’s best to eat your protein sources with veggies, or alone, but not with starch. Protein takes longer to digest than starch, which is quickly digested and converted to sugar in your body. When you eat starch with protein, the extreme differences of digestion times cause gas and bloating quickly.
4. Avoid Too Much Fat at One Time
Avoid eating too much fat at one time and spread it out through your day instead. Fat is necessary for good digestion, but in excess might cause food to sit in your stomach longer. This can cause gastrointestinal discomfort, especially if you have IBS.
5. Eat Starch with Veggies
Just like you should eat your protein with veggies, you should also eat your starches with veggies. This slows down the rate of their impact on your blood sugar during digestion, which can help prevent sugar cravings, overeating, and hypoglycemia issues.
6. Avoid Carbs at Night
Carbs are best eaten earlier in the day and will also digest better when you’re more active. Right before you go to bed is not the time to put your digestive energy to work. It will cause bloating and gas in the morning from the excess sugars and starches.
7. Eat Your Diuretics
Diuretic veggies like asparagus, celery, onion, and fennel, along with fruits like cucumber, tomato, and avocado, can all help you shed more water weight than other veggies like broccoli. They can also help your regularity and improve your blood flow.
8. Take Digestive Enzymes
I can’t stress enough how much digestive enzymes can aid in digestion and prevent bloating at all times of the day. Enzymes help break down your food better, so your body isn’t overwhelmed with all the work.
9. Follow up with Probiotics
To further enhance your digestive health, it’s also a good idea to take a probiotic after dinner. This will improve your regularity and your overall digestion. You can also take them before meals to get the same benefits.
With these tips, I feel sure you’ll feel better by tomorrow morning. It’s also a good idea to avoid processed foods, most dairy, sugar, and any excess snacking at night. Remember, the less work your body has to do overnight, the less bloat and digestive issues you’ll have the next morning. Do you have a tip to improve your digestion?