Exercise can help support digestive health and function in many ways:
The good news is that almost any exercise you enjoy can help your digestion. The Resilient Movement Plans are great a place to start if you don't have an exercise routine. There are also more targeted activities designed specifically to help your gut, wind relieving pose and abdominal self massage.
1. Wind Relieving Pose: This yoga posture can increase blood flow to the digestive system and facilitate colonic activity. Here's how to do it:
2. Abdominal Self-Massage for Digestion
Abdominal self-massage is an effective and accessible practice to help your digestive system. We recommend downloading and printing the practice instructions if possible so that you have it handy when you need it. It works well if practiced immediately after the wind relieving pose.
Aromatherapy is an underutilized tool to support digestion. It is fast-acting, safe, and can be surprisingly effective. Essential oils used in aromatherapy, like other integrative therapies, aim to unify physiological, psychological, and spiritual processes to enhance the mind and body’s inborn, natural healing processes. If you're ready to add aromatherapy to your GI support, try our Soothing blend.
The Soothing Blend is designed to calm agitation in mind and body and settle the GI tract. This healing blend includes lemon, spearmint, and ginger. Try it as an inhaler for convenient and travel-friendly relief or as an oil blend for custom applications. You can find it at the NMH store.
When you practice mindful eating, you avoid distractions (like your phone) so you can fully notice and appreciate the colors, smells, flavors, and textures of your food. You'll chew more slowly with this practice, which benefits your digestion and satisfaction while eating. Learn more.>>>
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