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Combatting Indigestion in Cold Weather: Using Posture and Stretching

When the weather gets cold, physical activity decreases and intestinal movement slows down, making it easy to suffer from indigestion. In addition, the cold acts as stress on our bodies and interferes with digestion. When you are under a lot of stress, the sympathetic nervous system becomes hyperactive, which reduces blood flow to the stomach and reduces stomach activity. It is important to have healthy eating habits to improve indigestion, but your daily posture also plays a very important role.

When the weather gets cold, it is easy to suffer from indigestion | Source: Getty Image Bank
Slouching posture that hinders digestion
Slouching posture has a negative effect not only on the musculoskeletal system but also on the digestive system. When your back is bent, the stomach area responsible for digestion is pressed, which reduces blood circulation and interferes with gastrointestinal motility. It becomes difficult for food to pass out of the stomach. If there are no abnormalities in an examination such as a gastroscopy, but you suffer from chronic indigestion, you should check your posture.

Stretching for digestion
To aid digestion, it is helpful to increase physical activity. In particular, stretching the back and abdominal muscles that surround the stomach and intestines is very helpful. If you stretch your digestive system frequently, just as you stretch your arms and stretch your upper body as much as possible when stretching, gastrointestinal movement becomes active and intestinal gas is discharged smoothly. Below are some stretching positions that are good for digestion.

cat pose

Cat postureㅣSource: Getty Image Bank
Cat pose helps expel gas.

① Lie face down on the floor with your hands and knees shoulder-width apart.
② Inhale and at the same time lower your lower back to the floor as if pulling in your abdomen and tilt your head up.
③ Exhale, round your waist and lower your head as if pulling from above.

twist pose

Twist postureㅣSource: Getty Image Bank
The twisting pose massages the organs and revitalizes the digestive system.

① While sitting, bend your right heel so that it touches your left hip.
② Raise your left knee, then cross your legs so that your left foot is on the outside of your right knee.
③ Turn your upper body to the left and twist your waist, as if inserting your knee between your right armpits.
④ Change direction and repeat the posture.

archery stance

Archery postureㅣSource: Getty Image Bank
Archery posture has the effect of strengthening the activity of the digestive system. It is also good for correcting hunched posture.

① Lie face down with your forehead on the floor.
② Fold your knees, bend your legs back, and hold your ankles with both hands.
③ Open your knees hip-width apart and slowly raise your legs and upper body upward while exhaling.

plow posture

Plow postureㅣSource: Getty Image Bank
Plow posture stretches the back muscles and stimulates the abdominal muscles, helping with bowel movements and expelling gas.

① Place your hands on the floor in a lying position.
② Inhale and slowly raise your legs to 90 degrees.
③ As you exhale, place your legs behind your head so that your toes touch the floor.
④ Take a deep breath, then exhale and slowly lower it to the floor in that order: back, waist, and legs.

knee hug posture

Knee-hugging postureㅣSource: Getty Image Bank
Hugging your knees is a good posture to do when you feel bloated. Internal massage is good for relieving bloating and constipation.

① Lie down on your back, bend your knees and pull them toward your upper body.
② Breathe slowly while hugging the shin area and pulling it toward the body.

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2023-11-09 08:00:00

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