Top 5 stretches & exercises for digestion health
More people each day are waking up to the fact that our gut is our second brain.
It’s called the enteric nervous system. The enteric nervous system’s network of nerves, neurons and neurotransmitters extends along the entire digestive tract – from the esophagus, through the stomach and intestines, and down to the anus.
Because the enteric nervous system relies on the same type of neurons and neurotransmitters that are found in the central nervous system, some medical experts call it our “second brain.” The “second brain” in our gut, in communication with the brain in our head, plays a key role in certain diseases in our bodies and in our overall mental health.
We can all always use a little more positive stimulation to our belly and organs.
Today you're going to learn about 5 different Stretches and Exercises for digestion health.
We want you to remember as you are doing these movements and poses to always breathe deeply into the desired areas of the body that you are seeking to release tension from.
First we have,
This pose is excellent for bringing blood flow to the digestive process while also giving the body space to relax as you lye on your back, lift each leg slowly as you breathe bringing one knee to the chest or both at once. Bellow pose can be done one leg at a time or both.
Holding here for a few moments and relaxing the body.
Repeat as many times as necessary.
Next we have,
A seated spinal twist is a restorative yoga pose that promotes good digestion and encourages spinal mobility. Twisting postures help tone the belly, massage internal organs and can help relieve lower back pain. The twisting motion of this move is thought to promote bowel regularity by aiding the small and large intestine in peristalsis (the involuntary constriction and relaxation of the muscles of the intestine or another canal, creating wave-like movements that push the contents of the canal forward. This is the movement that propels food and waste through the GI tract. This position may also help alleviate bloating.
Now time for some gentle squats.