winter | how to improve digestion

winter | how to improve digestion

 if winter has your favourite jeans feeling too snug and you feel like you need to take a little digestive holiday then stop by for a few tips on how to improve your digestion through how you eat, drink and live.

simple things that are easy to find around you. I don't know what reishi, ashwatanga, cordyceps or lions mane is so none of that kind of thing. sorry.

Drinking hot/warm water

Famously easy way to improve digestive flow. More easily absorbed by the body which means faster hydration. There is no scientific evidence to suggest drinking lemon water in the morning improves digestion but it does create an appetite to contintue a fresh approach during the day.

I use the 750ml size Swell bottle. Keeps hot in winter for 12 hours and chill in summer for 24 hours. Sprig of mint is nice and also a digestion ally. 

Vegetables

A fact rather than a shameless promotion! Fibrous, full of magnesium and ridiculously easier to digest than meat plus they taste better. Cooked beetroot, butternut pumpkin and zucchini are especially good for digestion, as are root vegetables.
 
Vegetables take between 30-50 mintutes to digest, pulse and grains about 2 hours. Too many pulses will not help you though. Meat takes about 12 hours (^&#!). Add leafy greens, herbs and evoo for extra goodness. Try splitting your meals half and half over a few hours.
 
Dark greens, rocket and herbs

Eat more. Especially rocket mint, coriander, parsley and dill. Cooked kale is better than raw if you’re feeling the bloat.

Healthy oils

Especially good quality extra virgin olive oil & avocados. Reasons are obvious.  

Ripe Bananas

Packed with potassium which is awesome for smashing water retention and moving things along. High in fiber. Tasty with Coyo yoghurt and prunes.

Oats 

Replacing a few evening meals with plain oats, raw honey & probiotic
yoghurt. I prefer Coyo because it has nothing added, just straight up coconut plus ABC probiotic cultures and tastes the best.
 
Oats are packed with melatonin and potassium, two things that help increase relaxation. Oats also cleanse the palate too and are easy on the digestive tract.

Fermented things, sauerkraut, kimchi, proper pickles, coffee. 


Yoga, Movement & Meditation - Everyday

Movement melts the tension stuck in your muscles and practised meditation and breathwork improves oxygen to the heart increasing blood flow thus improving digestion. Less stress is the best.
 
Asanas work to twist your torso, build strength in your core and encourage over all flow in the body. Yoga flow. 

I am a member of One Hot Yoga in Potts Point. The studio is set at 37 degrees and the flow is slow, with longer held poses and definitely combines a mind and body workout. If you are keen to try a hot yoga practise be well hydrated beforehand and remember to breath! The heat is just a sensation and a deep calm breath will help overcome this. 
 
Sweat it out!

Every Saturday when you pickup your whole foods there is an amazing opportunity to take your effort to the next level. The Locals Market is the only market in Australia that is located within a space that can improve your well-being in more ways than one. Paramount Recreation Club offers something for everyone.

Movement
Workout
Yoga

They also run a 30 day trial for $30

Meditation

The Broadplace is a great place to start for approachable and relatable introduction to meditation with online workshops and e-books. 

Herbalist & Nutritionist

If you would like to incorporate plants as medicine in your life I would only recommend connecting with Erin. 

Erin Lovell Verinder

tbc..