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Mind-Gut Connection: Improving Digestion

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Multiple studies have shown a connection between gut health and mental health. To help improve digestion, try out these simple routines. 


Thunderbolt Pose (Vajrasana)

Unlike many other yoga poses, this one is great to practice after eating a meal. Kneel down onto a yoga mat or soft surface and sit on your heels for 5-10 minutes. Watch some tv if it helps pass the time. Here's a great article on how to do the pose and its benefits.


Short walk

Get some steps in! Go on a short ‘digestion walk’ after you eat. If you can’t go outside, do a chore like vacuuming, wiping down counters or putting things away. The point is to not lie down or sit in a slouching position right after a meal.


Add ginger to your meals

In Ayurveda, there’s a concept called ‘agni’ or ‘digestive fire’. When we add certain spices like ginger in our meals, our digestive strength is stimulated.


These are small changes but they can have a huge impact on our digestion and in turn may also improve mental well-being.


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