How can I speed up digestion before bed?

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asked Nov 14, 2020 in Other- Health by dontmolestthebears (810 points)
How can I speed up digestion before bed?

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answered Nov 14, 2020 by Gracy (132,100 points)
To speed up digestion before bed you can drink some ginger tea.

The ginger tea can help your digestion speed up and work more quickly and so you can sleep much better after eating.

It's also best to not eat any food within 30 minutes of going to sleep.

Your digestion does slow down at night while you sleep but you still digest food when sleeping.

Also consider taking probiotics or eating foods with probiotics such sauerkraut.

Kombucha can help with digestion since Kombucha contains probiotics which help improve digestion and digestive health.

Probiotics are good live bacteria that helps with gut health so you can have improved digestion.

Yes digestion of food is slower at night than during the day.

At night your digestion slows down because your Gastric Emptying is slowed down during REM sleep.

Full digestion of food after eating takes between 6 hours to 8 hours for the food to be digested and then be pooped out through your bowels.

The stomach digests the food and then sends the waste through your intestines and bowels where the waste product of the food is then pooped out eventually.

Your stomach acid digests the food.

Food does still digest when laying down but the food when lying down doesn't digest as good or fast as it does when sitting up or standing up.

Our bodies were made to digest the food we eat while we are in an upright position and laying down right after eating can lead to digestion issues and indigestion.

So it's best to wait 30 minutes to an hour after eating before laying down to allow your body to digest food properly.

If you lay down too soon after eating then you can have heartburn and indigestion issues.

But your body still does digest some food while you're laying down but your body should be in the upright position to get most of the food digested before laying down.
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answered Sep 27, 2022 by 302timease (5,180 points)
Some things you can do to speed up digestion are chewing your food thoroughly, exercising after eating, taking a walk, drinking plenty of water or other drinks that contain electrolytes and glucose.

Also eat foods low in fiber and fat which are easier to digest and eat five or six small meals through the day instead of larger meals.

And consider eating soft and well cooked foods.

Water stays in your stomach for up to 20 minutes.

Liquids such as water leaves your stomach faster than food as water is easier for your stomach to process and break down so it does not stay in your stomach as long.

After drinking water you might need to pee within 20 to 30 minutes although you may also sweat out the water and not pee as much.

Drinks such as clear juices, soda and tea can stay in your stomach for 30 to 40 minutes.

The amount of hours without food that is considered an empty stomach is around 4 hours although it can take as long as 8 hours without food before your stomach is completely empty depending on how much you ate and what you ate.

Some foods digest faster than others but after 8 hours without food your stomach should be empty.

It is harder to digest food as you get older because as you age the process of digestion slows down and more water is absorbed from the food into the body.

Aging also comes with the lower ability to move as much as you use to which also results in less efficient blood flow through the body and bowels which lowers the ability of your bowels to work and digest food properly and as fast as it used too.

The unhealthiest thing you can eat is processed meats and super sweet cereals.

Other unhealthiest things you can eat are Ice Cream, French Fries, bacon, canned soups and Margarine bars.

Meats that are anti inflammatory are fish, chicken, turkey, lean red meats such as bison, lamb and grass fed beef.

Other foods that are anti inflammatory are nuts, vegetables and fruits and eggs.

The three worst foods for digestion are spicy foods, cabbage and Citrus Fruits.

Foods that irritate the stomach are fatty foods, red meat, pickled foods, acidic foods such as tomatoes and some types of fruits including oranges as well as processed meats.

Coffee, soda, carbonated drinks and some fruit juices can also irritate the stomach.

The number one food that causes inflammation is bread and pastries or refined carbohydrates.

Foods such as French Fries, sugar sweetened beverages, soda, fried foods, sausage, burgers, hot dogs, processed meats, steaks and red meat also cause inflammation.

The 5 signs of inflammation are redness, joints that don't work as well, joint stiffness, joint pain and a swollen joint that can be warm to the touch.

You can tell if your intestines are inflamed through a blood test and stool test.

Also the signs and symptoms of inflamed intestines can tell you if your intestines are inflamed.

The signs and symptoms of inflamed intestines are unexplained weight loss, fever, having more frequent bowel movements or feeling the need to poop more, fatigue, bloody poop, diarrhea, loss of appetite and abdominal pain and cramps.

To know if you have inflammation in your gut a complete blood count test can be done as well as a stool test which looks for signs of intestinal inflammation.

The signs and symptoms of inflammation in your gut include.

Unexplained weight loss.
Blood in your poop.
Reduced appetite.
Abdominal cramping and pain.
Diarrhea and Fatigue.

Some ways to fix your gut health are to get plenty of exercise, eat healthy, get enough sleep, avoid too much sugar and sweeteners, eat prebiotic fiber, reduce stress, eat fermented foods and take probiotics.

Foods that cleanse the gut are.



Spinach, Kale, Chard and other leafy greens.


And Milk are all good for cleansing your gut.

Some ways to heal your gut are to consume probiotics.

Get plenty of sleep.

Lower your stress levels.

Stay hydrated.

Eat slowly.

Exercise daily.

And eat foods that help heal your gut and promote gut health which include.

Fermented Foods.
Fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, and tempeh are gut-health superstars.
Wild Caught Seafood.
Bone Broth.
Coconut Products.
Apple Cider Vinegar.
Soups & Stews.

Some of the foods that are considered superfoods for your gut health are.

Fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products.
Fruits, vegetables, unsalted nuts and seeds, and whole grains.
Lean meats, poultry, seafood, beans and peas, soy products, and eggs.

While the signs your leaky gut is healing will depend on your initial symptoms, if you find your bowel movements have regulated, you no longer experience constant bouts of constipation and/or diarrhea, your skin is healthy and glowing and you feel full of energy—it's a good sign your leaky gut is repairing.

Signs and symptoms of poor gut health include.

Autoimmune problems, such as thyroid issues, rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes.
Digestive issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn or bloating.
Sleep issues.
Skin rashes and allergies.
Sugar cravings.
Unexplained fatigue or sluggishness.

Other foods that clean the gut include.

Broccoli. There are so many different ways to add broccoli to your diet.
Dark, leafy greens. Eating dark, leafy greens like spinach, kale, and chard is a great way to cleanse your colon.
Milk. You can use milk for more than just your morning cereal.

You can also cleanse your gut and colon by taking some colon cleanse supplements which help to cleanse the gut and colon and may prevent colon cancer and keep your gut and colon healthy.

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