Eating Practices for Optimal Digestion
These are simple everyday practices that prime your body’s digestive system and optimize your ability to absorb all the nutrients from the food you eat. The following are basic suggestions for all people but especially for those with chronic digestive conditions or symptoms. Always consult your doctor to help you identify the cause of your symptoms and determine the appropriate treatments.
Eat while seated. Do not eat on-the-go; in the car, while walking, etc…
Eat in a relaxed, non-stressful environment.
- This includes abstaining from stressful conversations or watching stressful movies/TV shows during meals.
Take some time look at and smell the food before starting to eat.
- This initiates the digestive process by stimulating salivation and digestive enzyme production.
- This naturally occurs while cooking but may be skipped when eating out or when eating leftovers or pre-made meals.
Chew food thoroughly; try to turn each bite of solid food into a liquid.
- See if you can chew each bite 33 times before swallowing.
- This allows the digestive properties of your saliva to take full effect.
Avoid drinking large amounts of water during meals.
- Frequent small sips is okay. Room temperature water is preferred, avoid ice water.
Avoid laying down within 1 hour of eating.