(Lauren Roxburgh) Efficient digestion is the key to radiant health. Unfortunately, many of us experience bloating, constipation, and belly discomfort — all signs of a sluggish or stressed digestive track. When digestion is slow and imbalanced, we have problems with elimination — which is a key way our bodies flush out toxins — and disease thrives. Even common colds and skin issues can be traced back to imbalances in the gut.
Luckily, foam rolling offers an amazing tool for improving digestive function by helping the body move food through the intestines and improving circulation to the belly area. Foam rolling can also regulate and enhance digestion by decreasing stress and calming the sympathetic nervous system.
Check out the following foam roller video sequence, which will help stimulate the abdominal organs while also increasing the efficiency of elimination, thus relieving constipation and helping to minimize bloating, tension and stress in the belly.
Foam rolling will help bring a deeper sense of awareness to your belly and its needs — namely, real food! Through foam rolling, we will find ourselves making better nourishment choices, craving less sugar, and choosing foods that truly give us life force (or chi), and bring a deeper sense of balance, harmony, and well being. Here are a few eating tips to enhance digestion:
Probiotics are the “good” gut bacteria. Studies show they can help alleviate digestive problems and boost immunity. These natural microbes can be found as supplements and in cultured foods.
Take a Digestive Enzyme With Every Meal
Digestive enzymes can help you absorb more nutrients in the food you eat.
Sip Ginger Tea
The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties in ginger can relax the belly and calm relieve gas, nausea, indigestion, and even bloating. Chop and peel a few slices of ginger and simmer them in boiling water to make ginger tea.
Chew Fennel Seeds
Fennel helps promote the secretion of digestive enzymes and does an amazing job of relaxing the colon. This remedy has been used in ayurvedic healing for centuries — in India, fennel seeds are routinely chewed after meals to promote digestion. Try snacking on fennel seeds — or making fennel tea — to prevent and treat bloating, constipation, and gas.
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