Good digestion is the basis of good health as proper digestion enables the nutrients in our food to be available for absorption and use in the body. This is even more important when you have Crohn's Disease. But quite often sufferers of Crohn's Disease struggle with this absorption. We then exhibit all the signs of poor digestion ranging from bloating, gas, indigestion, constipation or diarrhea, and reflux.
So what should you do?
Well the first step in ensuring that the food you eat is well broken down is to slow down and chew!
We all eat in a rush due to stress and our busy lifestyles. We don't pause between bites and we sometimes only chew each mouthful four or five times. The role of the mouth, teeth and tongue is to breakdown food into small pieces so that when the food gets to the stomach it is ready to be broken down by the stomach acid.
The mouth is super important as it is the only place in which food can be broken down like this, so it is really important to chew slowly and properly. Large pieces of food are not easily broken down by stomach acid, as the surface area to volume ratio of the food is too small.
So slowing down, and chewing each bite 15-20 times are very simple ways to aid your digestion. Try this tip and let me know how you go.
NOTE: if you struggle to eat slowly try putting your fork down on your plate between each bite.
Also your bloating, gas, indigestion, and reflux can all be caused if the stomach is not acidic enough, or if there is not enough stomach acid to break down food. Either of these could be adding to your digestive issues.
If you are having digestive issues you may want to try increasing the acidity of your stomach acid before meals by consuming apple cider vinegar or lemon juice.
So how do I do this?
Try having the juice of ½ a lemon or 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a few tablespoons of water 20 minutes before eating. Trial this for 4 weeks, and see if it makes a difference to your digestion.
Tip: Avoid drinking water with your meals as this further dilutes your stomach acid.
Remember if you have any questions then please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can visit my Facebook Page at - My Crohn's Doctor
Yours in Health and Wellness
My Crohn's Doctor
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