Ways To Naturally Improve Digestion Part 1

    digestionIf you’re struggling with digestive issues, you’re definitely not alone.

    Digestive disorders affect an estimated 60 – 70 million people.

    A recent survey also showed that 74% of all Americans are living with gastrointestinal discomfort.

    That number is shocking and incredibly concerning!

    Please don’t assume that digestive issues and poor digestion are normal because they definitely aren’t.

    There are myriads of over-the-counter drugs to help with indigestion and various GI problems.

    However, often times these drugs have bad side effects and just treat the symptom and not the overall problem.

    Let’s look at some ways that we can naturally improve digestion and help with issues such as gas, bloating, indigestion, heartburn, and more…

    1. Add Bone Broth To Your Diet 

    Bone broth can do wonders for your body.

    Homemade bone broth is packed with nutrients and is quite inexpensive to make (that’s a plus!).

    What makes broth so special is that it contains gut-soothing gelatin, minerals and amino acids glycine, and proline.

    The gelatin aids in increased nutrient absorption and helps sooth the digestive track.

    If you can’t make bone broth, another option is to supplement with natural gelatin powder.

    This will help give some of the same health benefits, but not as many as the bone broth.

    2. Improve Bathroom Posture

    This sounds ridiculous, right?

    How on earth are you supposed to improve your bathroom posture when you have one job, and it’s to sit down?

    It looks like we may have gotten it wrong when we invented toilets.

    Based on collective research and age-old evidence, squatting is much more natural and efficient than our modern day toilets.

    Not only is squatting more efficient but it also helps circumvent digestive disturbances and even problems such as hemorrhoids.

    Instead of ripping out all of your toilets or having to jet to Japan every time duty calls, there are some easy alternatives to help with this.

    The idea is to basically get your knees higher up.

    They have special products just for this such as the Squatty Potty.

    One Squatty Potty will cost you about $29.

    However, you can definitely mimic this product with household items.

    A step stool, upturned wastebaskets, or even a simple box are easy ways to get your feet off the ground and knees higher up in a squatting position.

    3. Get Enough Magnesium In Your Diet

    Magnesium is incredibly important and vital to your health.

    I think of magnesium as the unsung hero in the mineral world.

    Magnesium happens to be the 8th most abundant mineral in the world, 3rd most prevalent in the ocean, and the 4th most abundant mineral in the human body.

    This magnificent little mineral is necessary in over 300 reactions within the body!

    Magnesium is needed for strong teeth and bones, a healthy nervous system, balanced hormone levels, a strong cardiovascular system, proper digestion, and much more.

    There are a few ways to make sure you’re getting magnesium into your diet.

    First, eat magnesium rich foods such as dark leafy greens, bananas, figs, nuts, seeds, low-fat dairy, avocados, and beans.

    Sometimes diet alone isn’t enough, so taking magnesium supplements will help you reach your adequate levels.

    A third way is to topically apply magnesium.

    This is actually really neat and beneficial because your body only absorbs the amount it needs.

    In Conclusion… 

    If you’re suffering from poor digestion, keep these tips in mind and try getting bone broth and magnesium into your diet along with using the squatting method for personal business.

    Taking probiotic supplements is also a fantastic way to improve digestion and overall digestive health.

    For the best probiotic to take, check out our 10 best probiotic supplements!

    Also, stay tuned for part 2 of naturally improving your digestion.

     

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    About the Author

    About the Author: Kate Watson is the Lead Researcher and Founder of ProbioticsGuide.com. Kate started this site after successfully using probiotics to treat some digestive issues she'd had since childhood. In her free time Kate loves nothing more than a good book (and a good glass of wine).
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