From exercise to diet, our gut is our most vital organ.
It provides our body with essential nutrients, helps regulate our immune system and is also vital for our health.
But if you’re a dietician, there’s an even more crucial role for the digestive system than just digesting food.
If your gut isn’t doing its job, there are many potential causes for problems like: an infection, a digestive disorder or even an autoimmune disease.
If you’ve got an autoimmune condition like celiac disease or rheumatoid arthritis, you’re at increased risk for digestive issues and a lack of digestive health.
And even if your condition is under control, there may still be a genetic predisposition to develop digestive issues.
So how can we make the most of the digestive tract?
It’s a big part of what makes us human, says Dr Kate Wilson, from the University of Queensland.
“If you’re not getting the nutrients and nutrients you need, the body will not digest it properly and your body won’t make its own hormones and other nutrients,” she says.
“It’s a very complex relationship, and the gut plays a very important role in maintaining our health and wellbeing.”
When your gut is functioning optimally, you can use the movement in stomach exercises as an opportunity to make sure you’re getting the right amount of nutrients and energy.
“There’s a lot of research that shows that people who have an easier time digesting foods can have better digestive health and their energy levels,” says Dr Wilson.
“And the same goes for people who are able to move in their stomach and get more nutrients.”
So how do you get the best out of your digestive tract exercises?
Dr Wilson recommends a combination of a gentle stretch, stretching and breathing.
“We’re looking for a balance between movement and the digestive function,” she explains.
“That means that the muscles of the abdomen and the abdominal wall are not moving too much, but rather the muscles and the muscles in the muscles are contracting, so that your body is being fed the correct amount of calories.”
The key to improving digestion is getting the correct balance between the muscles’ movement and digestion.
“The movement of the stomach is not the sole purpose of the exercise,” Dr Wilson says.
“So if you stretch the muscles too much or too little, they may contract too much and not get enough nutrients.”
What we want is to allow the muscles to get enough energy from the blood to use it to make energy and get nutrients.
“If you want to get the most out of a movement in the stomach, you may want to start with a warm up, Dr Wilson advises.”
If you start with your stomach muscles moving a bit harder than the other muscles, the muscles will relax and it’s going to feel much better for your body.”