How posture affects digestive health
Do you know that hunching can leads to indigestion? A good posture will not only allow muscles to work more efficiently in preventing muscle fatigue, but also improve your mood, stress levels, even your digestion. Seven scientific studies looked at digestion and bowel function (in spinal cord injured [SCI] or elderly participants) reported up to 53% improvement in the regularity and time spent in bowel clearance, which means passing motion. By comparison, only 4 studies looked at bladder function in SCI participants, again with up to half of participants reporting either improvements in urination (peeing) or reduction in urinary infections.
How bad posture causes poor digestion (bloating, acid reflux etc)
A good posture of a living body links together how muscle, bones, tendon, ligaments & joint work together to produce movement effectively. Postural stress is a kind of hidden ticking time bomb on our bodies that comes from repetitive, prolonged inefficient posture.
In human digestive system, those functional organs like stomach and intestines rely on movements known as peristaltic movements will work together to push food through your intestines and proceed to nutrient absorption process (very much like how a worm moves on ground!). Now try to imagine, what happens if a person hunches after meal? As a predictable result, this person will put extra stress on compressing the abdominal organs, which in turn cause our intestines to function poorly in peristaltic movement, resulting in ineffective digestion. If YOU have issues like gassy, constipation and acid reflux, scroll down to know how YOU can improve it within seconds!
3 EASY Body Hacks to digest healthier that most doctors won’t tell you!
- Standing after you have your meal
- Study in 2003 showed that being upright standing was better for the transit of gas through the intestines than lying down
- Strengthen your core muscles through exercises
- Weak abs muscles (yes, the six packs!) mean weaker stomach to move foods efficiently.
For example, people who suffer with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) will get bloating often as the diaphragm unable to relax when their stomach is full, which creates smaller space in the stomach.
- Biomechanics training
- Knowing that a problem exists is the first step of solving it. Unfortunately, many people don’t even know if their posture have problems or not. Biomechanics use state-of-the-art technology to identify the problem in how your body moves, but also the details of how your blood flows, how your kidney works, and other body functions. The American Society of Biomechanics reckons that biomechanics represents the bridge between mechanics and biological systems.