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Exercise to Promote Good Digestion

You probably know that eating fruits, vegetables, and foods that are high in fiber can help your digestion. But exercise can also help optimize your digestive process. Exercise improves blood flow throughout the body – including your digestive tract.  

The Importance of Exercise

A consistent exercise routine will help keep your digestive process moving and can alleviate constipation, gas, and bloating. Different types of exercise have different effects on the body. For example, riding a bike or breathing exercises can help reduce heartburn. Certain yoga poses like gentle twists can stimulate your abdominal organs. But the best kind of exercise is the exercise you enjoy because you will be more motivated to get moving. National recommendations for physical activity say that adults should exercise about 150 minutes per week. That is less than ½ hour per day – and enough for your digestive health.

Alternatively, some types of extreme exercise can have negative effects on digestion. Endurance athletes often report gastrointestinal issues such as is nausea, vomiting, cramps and diarrhea. It’s important to talk with a doctor before implementing a new exercise regimen, especially if you have health issues.  

MN Digestion Doctors

Eating right, exercising and staying hydrated are all important parts of general health that impact your digestion. Please contact us at Bhatti GI anytime you have questions or concerns about your digestive health. Our primary clinics are located in Chaska and Edina, but we help patients throughout the Twin Cities metro area: 952-368-3800


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