Food & Digestion
Any substance consumed that fulfills nutrient requirement of the body is known as food. Digestive foods are rich in calcium, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals and fats. If our list of food lacks required nutrient, then our body suffer from various deficiency and chronic disease.
Types of digestive food
- Vegetarian – green vegetable, fruit, grain, pulses, legumes, seed, herbs, spices etc.
- Non vegetarian – meat, seafood, egg, dairy product etc.
As in Twenty first Century, life is very fast. Everyone is looking for near food places. No one has time for their healthy diet. In this fast moving lifestyle due to irregular food time and incompatible food causes indigestion.
What is Indigestion?
When food is not completely breakdown into small water soluble food molecules and it doesn’t absorbed completely into blood plasma is called indigestion.
Indigestion/dyspepsia leads to acidity, hyperacidity leads to constipation, chronic constipation leads to piles. If you have regular indigestion, consult to your doctor before it is too late.
Causes of Indigestion:
- Due to consumption of contaminated water and food.
- Incompatible food like oily, spicy food.
- Climatic change.
- Depression and hypertension.
- Excessive consumption of alcohol, caffeine and smoking.
- Painkiller and antibiotic drugs.
We all love to eat packaged and fried food. But it contains food additives like preservatives, antioxidants, emulsifiers and flavour enhancers. Due to high fatty substance, irregular oil quantity and unhygienic (sometime) causes indigestion. Even fast food like pizza, burgers, noodles and other drinking and dairy product takes larger time (more than normal) to digest because of high protein substance, oil and fat.
Packaged and fast food make you feel lazy and sleepy, it is because it takes more time in digestion process. I suggest you to eat such type of food in limited quantity so that chances of having its adverse effect will be minimised.
Remedies for indigestion
Doctor suggest patients to boil food before eating. Boiling digestive food items kills all harmful bacteria and contaminants present in it. It is suggested to boil water before drinking. It is well known fact that boiled food and water is easy to digest.
As we all know, life expectancy at birth in Japan is 84 years which is four years higher than OECD average of 80 years. Life expectancy of woman in Japan is 87 years, compared with 81 years for men, it is all because of good life standard and boiled food menus. So, you think that how boiled food affect life expectancy.
Apart from boiled food, salad also do great for digestion. Eating salad along with digestive food helps in digestion and also enhance your beauty. Salad like radish, tomato, carrot, cabbage, onion, lemon etc are very good for health. Antioxidant present in it helps our body to fight against diseases.
Curd is best natural medicine for indigestion. Good bacteria present in curd is good for health and stomach.
Fasting once a week is also a good method to improve digestion. Take fruit and water for the whole day and at night do the little dinner, it will improve your digestive capacity. Never eat too much after fasting, otherwise your fasting will become your greatest mistake.
Fruits and vegetables like yoghurt, apple, chea seed, papaya, beet, ginger, dark green vegetable, pepper mint is also good for your digestion.
Routine for healthy life
For healthy life, I suggest you a routine that I personally follow, it really works.
NEVER SLEEP AT NOON. TAKE A SNAP OF 20 TO 30 MINUTES IF REQUIRED.
Start your day with the walk at least 500 meter and after that do some warm up exercise. Take a heavy breakfast (Include milk, sprouts and fruits) that gives you energy for hard work till noon. At noon, your menu must have pulses, cereals and green vegetable that fulfills your protein, fibre and carbohydrate requirement. In dinner, take a light food which is not oily or not a fast food. Finish your dinner with sweet.
Maintain time interval between breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lunch is about four hours after breakfast and dinner is about eight hours after lunch. One thing that you have to keep in mind is that whatever food we consume, never drink water instantly. Drink water at least after one hour. Chew food well before swallow. Instead of eating too much at a time, eat in every four hours interval.