There’s something about digestive difficulties that makes them hard to discuss in polite company—which leaves many of us suffering one problem or another in silence. What’s more, digestive disorders are placing a “growing burden”, causing an unprecedented number of clinic visits and hospitalizations. Yet fixes can be as simple as making informed lifestyle changes or taking over-the-counter remedies.
You might be surprise to find out what is the most effective way to help your digestion. All you need to do is to take a quick walk either around the block you live in or around the house.
Over the years, researchers have found that a post-meal walk, as short as 15 minutes, can in fact help with digestion and improve blood sugar levels. In one study in 2008, German researchers looked at what happened when people ate a large meal and then consumed either an espresso or an alcoholic digestif — like brandy or flavored liqueur — or walked at a slow pace on a treadmill. Walking, they found, sped the rate at which food moved through the stomach. The beverages had no effect.
In other studies, researchers have found that walking has a significant effect on blood sugar after meals. Blood sugar typically rises and then falls after eating, but large spikes and variations can raise cardiovascular risk and potentially signal diabetes.
Studies have also shown that taking a walk shortly after a meal supports healthy weight loss compared to not walking or waiting an hour after the meal. Having to walk to and from your lunch break may make all the difference!
According to medical experts, if you take just 100 steps after you eat dinner or any other meal during the day you will notice a huge improvement in your overall wellbeing. It doesn’t cost anything and sounds like worth of trying.