Permanent Cure for Bloating and other Stomach Issues
Think of any good food in front of you. If you feel like having that food, you’ll notice that you start salivating. The hungrier you are, the more you will salivate. That’s because the process of digestion actually starts in the brain. This is also called the cephalic phase of digestion, which is stimulated by the nervous system. When you see and smell food and even start to think about food, the brain readies the digestive tract for nourishment. This anticipation stimulates the secretion of saliva in the mouth and gastric juices in the stomach.
This shows how important a part your brain plays in digestion of food and how important it is to concentrate on the food that you eat. Ask yourself the following questions.
- Do you eat while watching the television?
- Do you eat while on the move?
- Do you eat while working on the computer / phone or your I pad?
- Do you eat while reading a book / newpaper / or something else?
- Do you eat on your work station or office desk?
- Do you talk continuously while eating?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you’ve just found out what ails your stomach
Let’s discuss some of the very common mistakes that all of us make while eating
1. Not using your mind / brain while eating
- Avoid distractions while eating. Don’t sit in front on the tv, talk on the phone while eating
- Try and use all your senses while you eat. (Touch, Smell, Seeing, Taste and Sound)
- Eat in a stress free environment and with a stress free mind
2. Eating while you’re stressed or in a stressful environment
- Take a few deep breaths before you start having your meal
- Move away from your work station
- Take a complete break from whatever you’re doing
3. Not chewing our food properly
- Take small bites, don’t try and gulp food down
- Eat slowly and steadily
- Chew food till it liquefies
- Be as comfortable as possible while eating. Use your hands to eat whenever possible
Benefits of chewing food properly
- Gives signal to your stomach to get ready for digestion
- Absorbs more nutrients and energy from food
- Helps maintain a healthy weight
- Food gets exposed to more saliva
- Digestion is easier
- Your teeth get much needed exercise
- Lesser bacteria remains in your intestine when you chew
- You savour all the goodness and taste in the food
4. Not supporting your system with a healthy diet
- Healthy diet is extremely important for your body
- Add more probiotics in your food
- Eat fibre rich food
- Eat more natural food and food with artificial ingredients
- Always stay hydrated
- Eat food which alkalines the body
- Control your portion size
- Your mind takes some time to register when you’re full. Eat slowly
- Try and eat while sitting on the floor
5. Eating too much of processed food
- Eat as much natural food as possible
- Eat more home cooked, local, seasonal and traditional food
- Eat more whole foods
6. Not realising when you’re full
- Avoid distractions while you eat
- Pay attentions. Your mind will tell you when you’re full
- You don’t need to eat till the brim. Stop before your stomach feels full
- You can even train your brain to understand the signals better
7. Look out for food allergies and sensitivities
- Pay attention to which food causes indigestion, gas and bloating
- Find out food which causes allergies and sensitivities and avoid that food
- Include ayurvedic herbs and spices in your diet
Reducing the amount of processed, high sugar and high fat food will help you achieve better stomach health. Eat plenty of plant based food and lea protein. Eating high fibre diet can also contribute to good stomach health. Most importantly, pay attention to your food. Do not get distracted while you eat. Keeping these simple things in mind will go a long way in improving your stomach health and avoiding complications like bloating.
Eat Healthy Stay Healthy Stay Fit !!