I’d be willing to bet that most people want some level of improvement in their digestion. Between talking to my friends, hearing enough standup comedians riff about it, and reading enough research, it seems like almost everybody experiences digestive discomfort—to some degree—every day. Maybe it’s unexplained and intolerable gas that causes your partner to evacuate the apartment until you’ve opened the windows. Maybe it’s unexplained bloat that makes you want to hide out so people don’t mistake you for being four months pregnant. Or, perhaps it’s frustrating, uncomfortable constipation that has you practically living in the bathroom for half the day, trying to fix the problem. Whatever your issue, digestive problems are a pain—literally and figuratively. You don’t have to live with them, though. Here are habits for better digestion.
Keep a regular schedule
Eating at the same time each day—or at least roughly the same time—will help keep your digestion on track. Each time you eat, you trigger a series of events in your stomach and intestines. If you wait too long between meals, those systems can become sluggish. If you eat earlier than usual, you may overwork these systems, as they’re still digesting your last meal. Keeping to a regular schedule will help all parts of your body involved in digesting food work better.