Improve Your Digestion for Weight Loss – 5 Easy Steps

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If you feel like your digestive system is not quite doing it’s job then it could be affecting your body’s ability to stay nourished and to shed unwanted weight. So it might be time for a bit of a revamp.

Here are 6 simple steps to help improve your digestion:

Hydrate

Woman drinking waterDepending on your age and your gender, your body is 65% to 90% water. That is a lot of water!

So when we are dehydrated, all sorts of things can start to go wrong. Digestion being one of them.

When our digestive system becomes affected our whole body is affected and our body’s ability to eliminate waste and release fat is affected. So make sure that drinking water is a priority when you’re trying to lose weight.

You may have heard the recommendation to drink 2 litres of water a day. Well this is not entirely true. It varies from person to person, obviously. But one way of making sure you stay hydrated is by sipping water at regular intervals throughout the day rather than trying to drink a glass or two in one siting.

Probiotics

SauerkrautThe good bugs in your gut are essential for a healthy, functioning digestive tract which, in turn, allows your body to stay nourished and release fat.

To keep your gut bugs in balance, aim to add try more probiotic foods into your diet. These ‘live’ foods include kefir, tempeh, sauerkraut, kimchi, and miso. You can also buy probiotic capsules from your heath food store, however these foods with live bacteria are a quick and easy way to replenish your gut.

Eat {good} fats 

Coconut OilWhat are good fats? Virgin coconut oil, avocados, nuts and seeds have essential fatty acids that your body needs to function optimally as well as promoting a heathy gut. The bad gut bacteria seem to hate these fats so it helps to restore the balance of good bacteria.

 

Move

Women WalkingJust as movement helps your lymph flow, it is important for your digestive processes.

Body movement helps food make its way through your system. Gentle prolonged walking, stretching, or yoga is great to keep your digestive system functioning well.

 

Eat more slowly

Eat SlowlyNo more mindless eating. Your digestive system needs time to prepare for and process the food your sending its way.

It takes twenty minutes for the stomach to signal the body that it is full. Chewing your food thoroughly to keep the food in your mouth allows the receptors on your tongue to signal to the stomach what type of food is on its way so that it can prepare.

So if you suspect your digestion is not functioning as well as it could be then, try these simple steps to ensure you are absorbing the proper nutrients  you need for your weight loss efforts.

 

 

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