Heartburn, gas, indigestion, bloating, and burping are never fun to deal with and usually occur when digestion isn’t working the way it should. The good news is that there are 5 easy steps you can take to support digestion naturally and get things working properly again so you’ll be feeling better in no time!
1.) Cut Out The Crap
The first and easiest way to get your digestion back on track is to cut out the crap and start eating real food! This means cutting out items that are processed and packaged. While it can be challenging to cut out certain foods that we’ve become used to eating or turning to when on the go, this step is crucial for supporting digestion, especially when dealing with IBS, heartburn and acid reflux. Avoiding unhealthy oils, toxins, chemicals, inflammatory additives, dyes, GMOs, and preservatives found in most industrial foods will really make a difference and will also make you feel better in general.
2.) Chew Your Food
While it may seem like common sense, the truth of the matter is that everybody is always in such a hurry nowadays, but if you remember back to when you were a kid and your mother was nagging you to “chew your food” she actually had a good point. It is vital that our teeth help the rest of the digestive system along so it can mechanically break down the food before we swallow. Chewing your food well also gives enzymes such as salivary amylase, a chance to start breaking down food in our mouths. So take your time and chew, chew, chew, because Mommy dear had it right.
3.) Add Apple Cider Vinegar To Your Diet
Adding raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to your diet is another great way to support digestion naturally and help get things back on track! Just add a teaspoon to a cup of water and drink before meals. Be sure that you are using real, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar like Braggs and not some type of apple flavored white vinegar. While apple cider vinegar may not taste the best, just try to keep in mind the health benefits you’ll reap. Drink up.
4.) Try Gluten Free
If you have cut processed foods out of your diet and you’re still exhibiting digestive issues like gas and bloating then you might want to consider going gluten free or at least giving it a try for awhile to see if it helps. Chances are you could have a food allergy or sensitivity to gluten. Try going gluten free for a few weeks and see if your symptoms improve at all. After 3 to 4 weeks you can try adding a bit of gluten back into your diet and see how you feel. If inflammation, bloating and other similar symptoms flare up again then that’s most likely your body’s way of telling you you are allergic or sensitive to gluten.
5.) Incorporate More Fermented Foods Into Your Diet
Fermented foods are great because they give us lots of beneficial bacteria and microorganisms and also aid in digestion. Including cultured foods and beverages into your diet on a regular basis and adding more fermented based foods like cabbage and/or sauerkraut to your meals can soothe the stomach and aid in proper digestion. Many organic fermented foods can be purchased online or at organic health/food stores, or there is also always the option of making your own fermented foods.