The idea of your digestive system playing a role in your ability to lose weight makes sense when you take a moment to think it through. When you overeat or consume foods that are hard for your body to break down, your digestion slows and rather than being eliminated quickly, the waste gets compacted within your body. If you’ve ever felt bloated, constipated, gassy, or suffered from heartburn or diarrhea, chances are you’re feeling the impact of poor digestive health.
What you may not notice is that over time, a sluggish digestive system and waste buildup leads to weight gain. To beat off an expanding waistline you’ll need to make efforts to keep your digestion running smoothly and quickly so that the food you eat today isn’t sitting around inside your body tomorrow night.
1. Get enough digestive enzymes
By sticking to a diet high in digestive enzymes and fermented foods, you can keep your system running smoothly. Raw fermented veggies like sauerkraut or kimchi are high in these enzymes, as is miso soup and yogurt. Herbs like peppermint and ginger can be boiled in water to make a tea that will also help move things along.