So since it's been a tad hotter, there have been a lot of bloated stomachs walking into the clinic.
So why is this so...
Well we have all started to enjoy a yummy cold salad or adding ice cubes to our drinks and smoothies because of the warmer weather, but our stomachs are still in warming food mode along with soups and cooked meals. This cold kills our stomach fire and your digestion is affected, hence the bloating and gas. So in Chinese Medicine cold raw foods take a lot of energy from the kidney yang and stomach qi to break down the food and digest it properly. Kidney Yang is our fire and energy that helps the stomach break down the food, so when we put cold, raw and not very well chewed food into the stomach it will just sit there and not be digested properly. Bloated tummies are telling us that digestion is not efficient, so how can you help?
Here are a few simple tips to improve digestion...
1. Chew really well, when you're about to swallow think again, chew two more times. Digestion starts in the mouth and good mastication (love that word) is something you can do to make a big difference to your digestion.
2. One tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before a major meals helps the digestive enzymes digest your food easier which decreases bloating, burning and gas.
3. Don't add ice to your drinks and smoothies or minimize it at least.
4. Leave your salads out on the bench to let that chill disperse before it hits your tummy.
5. Acupuncture is just the best at getting that tummy working and back digesting your food.
6. Chinese herbs also help build stomach qi and improve the digestion process.
7. A simple stomach and large intestine rub that you can do in minutes will kick start the digestive process manually. (click here for video link)
8. Smile, laugh and find a way to de-stress also helps the digestive process.
9. The Yoga pose Half Hero or Ardvha Visana is great to do morning and night as this helps move the stomach qi, especially if your stomach is bloated, in pain or feeling nauseous.
Give these a go and watch your digestion change before your eyes.
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