1. Proper Food combining
The idea behind proper food combining is that different foods require different enzymes to break them down. These enzymes work at different pH levels in your gut. Therefore, if two foods require different pH levels, the body cannot properly digest both at the same time. This can lead to indigestion, gas, bloating, etc.
Some common principles of proper food combining are:
1. Eat fruit on an empty stomach and on its own
2. Don’t combine fruits and vegetables
3. Don’t combine protein and carbohydrates
4. Don’t combine different types of proteins
2. Avoid Drinking Water With Your Meals
Drinking water with your meals can dilute the action of digestive juices, making complete digestion difficult. Try to drink water at least 30 minutes before or 1 hour after your meal.
There are certain foods that can help improve your digestion, such as those rich in fibre. For example, apples, pears, or dark green vegetables. Read more here.
Also, it’s imperative to drink adequate amounts of water throughout the day to aid the digestive process and ensure the proper absorption of nutrients.
4. Eat When You’re Relaxed
When you are stressed, how you eat is just as important as what you eat. It can severely disturb your digestion if you are eating whilst stressed. Therefore, choose foods that are easily digested and try to spend at least 10 minutes in some quiet, soothing activity before meals.
When the stress is prolonged, i.e. when you are constantly stressed, your digestion becomes poor. Try to find a form of stress management that works for you so that it doesn’t impact your digestive system.
5. Chew Your Food Properly
The gut struggles to break down the food that has not been properly chewed, which can lead to discomfort as the body is struggling to digest the meal. Eating too fast is one of the major causes of indigestion. The more you chew your food, the less work your gut will have to do.
The digestive process begins when your saliva comes into contact with your food, as it’s being chewed. The chewed food will then pass easily through your digestive system with maximum nutrient uptake.