Many of the people I work with who have digestive issues are looking for a holistic approach to support themselves and their guts. Eating foods that are healing to the gut is important, as is testing to determine the root cause of gut issues so that they can be naturally healed.
Movement practices and those that help calm the nervous system also contribute to a well functioning gut. That's why I love yoga as a supportive practice to balance the gut and reduce or eliminate symptoms.
Research suggests that regular yoga practice may help alleviate digestive issues; decrease irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) severity, bowel symptoms, and anxiety; as well as improve physical functioning and quality of life in individuals who have been diagnosed with IBS or have digestive and elimination challenges.
I share some of the top yoga poses for digestion in the table below.
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2. Taneja, I., Deepak, K. K., Poojary, G., Acharya, I. N., Pandey, R. M., & Sharma, M. P. (2004). Yogic versus conventional treatment in diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome: a randomized control study. Applied psychophysiology and biofeedback, 29(1), 19–33.