They say summer bodies are made in the winter. Well that’s great, but what happens when all the hard work turns into staying out later, drinking more alcohol, and being lenient with our meals? Our digestion slows down.
A few nights ago, I ate my fair share of chips and salsa. I paid the price in water retention; I woke up with a bloated belly, and when I looked down at my fingers, they were not fingers—they were sausage links.
After a few days of wolfing down sodium-filled foods, I looked in the mirror and saw Will Smith from his movie Hitch after his allergic reaction to some food he ate. POOF. Yep, salt face.
These are my top three yoga poses to stimulate digestion that I use to get back on track (along with drinking 3 to 4 liters of water), to flush out the bad foods, and make room for the salads, lean meats and water-filled veggies.
1. Spinal Twist
This pose will get your digestive juices back on track. The correct way to start the Spinal Twist is bringing your right knee to your chest and then your left. It’s the same direction the digestion system uses to eliminate toxins. Tip: Hold for 10 breaths or longer.
2. Seated Forward Bend
I love leaning forward and stretching into Seated Forward Bend. It helps strengthen the digestive process and aids in releasing gas. Try this paired with a Spinal Twist and within a few minutes, you will feel better.
3. Lunging Twist
Stretching in this pose will help your body process and eliminate food. Additionally, twisting massages your internal organs to get things moving.
If these poses aren’t doing the trick, try walking or running up and down a couple flights of stairs. That will be a lot of up and down action in the belly, which will knock things into gear. If exercise isn’t helping, take a look at your diet or contact a health coach.