Vitality

Walking Helps Improve Digestion, Study Finds

At the moment, there are around 70 million people currently living in the United States that are suffering from some sort of digestive issue. To put that in another context, that’s about 1 in every 5 people. While the numbers are high, however, it’s not that surprising since an increasing number of people are also suffering from obesity, while some lead an unintended sedentary lifestyle.

Then there’s also the fact that a lot of people still follow the American standard diet, which has proven to be not as healthy as we think it is. Another statistic also states that around 95 percent of these people are fiber deficient, and you have yourself the perfect vinaigrette for stomach issues like bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, leaky gut and acid reflux.

So how do we stop this digestive epidemic?

Simple, by walking.

It almost sounds too good to be true, after all, exercise (which is well-documented to help improve our digestion) is supposed to be hard, sweaty and tiresome. No pain, no gain, as they say. Yet, walking actually still counts as proper exercise, and is actually one of the best you can do to help you bid goodbye to your stomach sufferings.

It doesn’t even have to be a brisk jog, just simple walking, which is that basic form of human transportation that you do every day.

"Walking is a great way to improve overall health, including digestion," Jaime Schehr, N.D., R.D., said. "Regular exercise can actually help strengthen your digestive tract. The amount of blood diverted from your digestive system decreases because your muscles are more efficient when you exercise."

And according to Marvin Singh, M.D., walking is also a good way to help the good bacteria in your microbiome flourish so they can contribute to your body in a variety of ways, beyond improving your digestion and motility of your GI tract.

Per experts, when to walk is also a personal decision, and you may decide for your own. At the end of the day, walking is good, and doing it is better than not, period.

walking Walking is a simple activity that could help improve heart and lung conditions and reduce the risk of having a heart disease or a stroke. Pixabay

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