6 Natural Ways To Kick Start Your Digestion & Get A Flat Belly

Gut could be the most important organ in your body – after the heart! Poor digestion can be a major bump on your way to your best, most radiant you, while great digestion leads to healthy weight, glowing skin, high energy levels and of course a side effect of a flat belly.

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It’s super important to remember that great digestion is a 2-step process: while it’s important to get your nutrients from healthy food, it’s just as important to detoxify, so that your body has the capacity to absorb the goodness. The tips below, which have become my personal formula afters years of trial and error, will help you achieve a great balance between the two.

1.Lemon Elixir

Start your day with lemon elixir. Not only it hydrates the body, but also works as a fabulous detoxifier. The most simple version is a glass of warm filtered water with juice of 1/2 lemon, but my favorite (and super effective!) cocktail consists of water, juice of 1/2 lemon, 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon turmeric, a dash of cayenne pepper and a dash of raw honey. There’s no better way to awake your system and boost your digestive tract! 

Morning lemon elixir

Morning lemon elixir

2. Fiber up!

Increase your intake of Fiber-rich foods to avoid bloating. An easy way to do it is to make a fiber-rich smoothie with fruit and vegetables. Green veggies are also amazing for detoxification and weight management. They strengthen the blood and respiratory system and are nutritionally very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, and vitamins A,C, E, and K. Here are my three favorite green smoothie recipes (they’re vegan, gluten free and soy free – as clean as it gets).

 

3. Remember to chew

Chew your food! Chewing breaks your food, making it easier to digest and helping your intestines to absorb nutrients and energy from the food. Slow down at next meal time and watch the results. Experts suggest to chew each mouthful 30-50 times.

4. Herbal power

Turn to nature. There are many herbs and spices that you can add to your daily cooking for better digestion, such as cinnamon, ginger (try Healthy Mango Lassi Smoothie Bowl with Ginger), turmeric (like in this Oatmeal Cookie Dough Smoothie Bowl) cumin, cayenne pepper, caraway. If you don’t go to the bathroom daily (that’s the very minimum for a healthy digestive tract), I also recommend trying out herbal supplements that combine herbs that have been used for better digestion for thousands of years.

digestic

My favorite one is Digestic (they’re organic and made in small batches by a family business in Israel). Not only it boosts your metabolism in the most natural way possible, but it also detoxifies your body and helps it be more receptive to the vitamins it receives from nutrient rich foods (such as green smoothies mentioned above!)

I personally know the founders of the brand, and know that every single ingredient in this magical supplement is hand picked with care and is 100% wholesome. It’s a must when you’re traveling and digestion tends to slow down! 

digestic

5. Probiotic

Take a probiotic in the morning. Probiotics are the healthy bacteria naturally present in your digestive tract. Most of us are lacking the bacteria, and it’s always beneficial to give our system a boost by taking a probiotic daily to enhance nutrient absorption. I’m really keen on Sunbiotics organic powdered probiotic (with added superfoods like mesquite and vanilla) – it’s the most delicious and healthy way to take your probiotics.

Probiotic strawberry smoothie

6. Disconnect

Put your phone down (and laptop away) at meal time – it will improve your digestion! Focus on your food, and nothing else. It’s much easier than you think – just give it a try. As a food blogger, my personal rule is that food pictures are allowed (obviously), but once they’re taken, focus on the meal and your beautiful company. The world won’t end if you post your photo later.

So, what’s for digestion boosting breakfast? If you need inspiration and over 100 wholesome recipes to feel your best, get your copy of the Breakfast Criminals eBook!