With the summer heatwave blasting through, some individuals can experience digestive health problems. The relationship between the temperature outside and the temperature in the body translates to the digestive system. As the heat rises, it can make the digestive system slow down and become weakened feeling bloated, nauseated, and tired. The body’s balance may feel off because the body lowers its internal temperature to protect itself. Individuals must be careful not to overload themselves with the wrong foods. One way to avoid problems and maintain digestion working smoothly is to eat lighter, eat smaller portions for each meal, and eat easily digestible foods. Doing this will allow the body will feel cooler, and maintain alertness and energy throughout the hot day.
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Heat-related health issues can include:
The objective is not to skip meals but to eat regular meals, just smaller and easily digestible ones. Foods low in fiber tend to be easy to digest and can help the body feel better.
Other recommendations that could help stimulate digestion include drinking more water, getting more sleep, reducing stress levels, and exercising.
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