The Do’s and Don’ts of Healthy Digestion - Lakeside Natural Medicine

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Healthy Digestion

ByJoanne Aponte, ND May 16, 2024

Eat in a calm, relaxed stateEat on the run, mindlessly
Be mindful – Turn off the TV, put down the book, focus on eatingBe distracted or overstimulated
Sit at the dining tableEat in your bed or your car
3 meals per day with space in-betweenAlways snacking and eating
Have a pleasant conversationDiscuss upsetting things or fight
Smell  and Look at your foodIgnore your food
SLOW DOWN – Take at least 20 minutes to eatBe rushed
Be thankful for your food and enjoy itBe rushed
Chew every bite – at least 20 timesBe Rushed
Take small sips of water to wash down your foodDrink more than 8 ounces of liquid during your meal
Eat enough so you are satisfiedEat until you are stuffed
Eat at least 2 hours before bedEat late or before bed
Take a gentle 15 minute walk after your mealGo to bed after eating

Digestive Aids Before Meals

To improve digestion, 10-15 minutes before a meal –  take 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in a small amount of water OR eat 2 tbsp of fermented veggies (Sauerkraut, kimchi, pickle)

Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health practitioners with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.

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