Blog Author: Kristen Kennedy Smith
What if I told you simple routines and habits can improve your digestion without even changing what you are eating? Would you try it?
As an Ayurvedic Wellness coach, I help busy people find practical solutions for their health and stress management.
It is my mission to improve your daily life with suggestions for routines and habits that can make a MASSIVE difference in how you feel and with how much energy you have throughout the day.
I am here today to share 5 ways you can improve your digestion RIGHT NOW without even changing the food you eat.
#1: Drink Room Temperature or Warm Beverages
In Ayurveda, we think about digestion like a camp fire. We call this digestive fire "Agni" in sanskrit. When you have a fire and you toss ice or cold water on it, what happens? It distinguishes the flame. The same thing happens when you consume frozen or cold foods and beverages. Reducing or eliminating frozen or cold beverages will give your stomach a chance to stay warm, which will help you digest your food.
#2: Eat your largest meal at lunch
Just as the digestion is fueled by fire, it is best to eat your largest meal when the sun is highest in the sky. This will help you remember to eat the most food between 10am-2pm. This is when the digestion is the strongest and you will have the most time to process and utilize the energy you receive from eating a large meal. Eating a smaller meal at night will help you process the food so that you can digest before going to sleep.
#3: Consume meat, poultry, & fish at lunch
Because the digestion is strongest during lunch time, it is easier to digest meat and fish during this meal, as well! Meat takes about 24 hours or so to digest. Eating this midday will help your body process the food more effectively so that your body is not working extra hard right before bed.
#4: Don't skip breakfast
I know, I know...intermittent fasting is tempting. HOWEVER, the best way to kick start your digestion is coff....just kidding...breakfast! Drink some warm water first thing in the morning and then try to eat breakfast before starting your work day. This will help you start the day off right and will provide energy to do all of the things.
#5: Wait 3 hours after eating to have a snack
Snacks are the best. They're exciting, fun, and tasty! Do you want to digest your snack so that it leaves you feeling energized instead of sluggish? Wait 3 hours after eating your breakfast or lunch. This will give your body a chance to fully process your last meal so that you can easily process the new food entering your belly.
I hope that these tips and tricks will help you out and make you feel better throughout your day!
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