Coming into the cooler months, it can feel like viruses are ever looming around us, especially those of us with small children. Here are our 8 simple tips that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine to improve digestion, immunity, and overall well-being. As 75% of our immune system lives in the gut, it is important to support digestion for a strong immune system.
1. Drink more water
Hydration is one of the most important factors for optimal health. Not only does it help flush out toxins from the body, but it also keeps us hydrated which is essential for maintaining a healthy digestive system. Aim for 8 to 10 glasses of filtered water a day!
2. Prioritize sleep
It’s no secret that getting enough rest is crucial for our physical and mental health, but did you know that lack of proper sleep can lead to digestion problems? Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night.
3, Manage stress levels
Stress has been linked with a number of digestive issues such as bloating or nausea, so it’s important to take steps to manage your stress levels on a daily basis. Try some calming activities like yoga or meditation which can help lower cortisol levels in the body and promote better digestion in turn.
Incorporate our Ease or Harmony blend to support the adrenals, and therefore support your body during times of stress.
4. Include probiotics in your diet
Probiotics are “good bacteria” that play an important role in promoting digestion by breaking down food more efficiently and absorbing more nutrients from what we eat. Incorporate fermented foods like sauerkraut or kimchi into your meals as these are rich sources of probiotics!
5. Eat smaller meals, when hungry, & chew mindfully
Eating small meals frequently helps regulate blood sugar levels and prevents fatigue caused by large spikes in glucose after eating big meals all at once. Chewing slowly and mindfully assists in absorbing the nutrients from your meal.
6. Exercise regularly
Exercise is known to encourage movement in our digestive tract, which helps move digested food to be excreted more effectively. Aim for 30 minutes of light activity like walking or swimming each day.
7. Reduce caffeine intake
If consuming coffee, counteract this with alkalizing foods & drinks, increase water intake, and always avoid coffee on an empty stomach.
8. Eat less processed foods
Processed foods interfere with normal digestion processes and cause inflammation. Opt for natural options like fruit or nuts which provide essential vitamins without putting excess strain on our digestion.