How does walking help with digestion

Digestion: from the plate to the body

The more we know about the processes in our body, the better we can support them. This also and especially applies to digestion. Good digestion ensures general well-being - day after day.

How does our digestion work?

Everything we eat and drink has to be processed by our body. He is busy digesting around the clock. The first step takes place in the mouth. The tongue, teeth and roof of the mouth chop up the food. Enzymes in saliva break the starch down into shorter molecules. When swallowed, the pulp moves through the esophagus into the stomach.

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Always smaller in the stomach and intestines

Essentially, hydrochloric acid and enzymes ensure that the food pulp is processed in the stomach - for up to nine hours. After the passage through the stomach, the food components are broken down further in the duodenum. In the subsequent small intestine, they are small enough to enter our body through the intestinal wall. Waste materials travel through the colon and are excreted through the rectum.

The stomach - mixing, acidifying and storing food

You don't feel a healthy digestion

The less we worry about something, the better it works. This also applies to our digestion. The less you think about going to the toilet, the less problem you are likely to have with it. And if, as an exception, you sit a little longer than on other days, that's completely normal. Because our digestion is subject to fluctuations - depending on the diet and the course of the day.

Stomach (gastrum)

The acidic gastric juice creates easily transportable, pre-digested chyme. The digestion of the proteins in the food begins in the stomach (breakdown of the proteins into peptides by the enzyme pepsin).


transports the food that has been chopped up in the mouth and mixed with saliva and enzymes into the stomach.

Small intestine (intestinum tenue)


Duodenum (duodenum): Enzymes from the gall bladder and pancreas are fed in and break down carbohydrates, proteins (proteins / peptides) and fats into their components sugar, amino acids and fatty acids.

Upper (jejunum) and lower small intestine (ileum): Water, nutritional components and micronutrients are absorbed and transferred into the blood, pathogens are prevented from entering.

Large intestine (intestinum crassum)


Colon: further removes water and electrolytes from non-absorbable food residues. The intestinal flora, our intestinal microbiome, is primarily to be found here. The microorganisms occurring here can break down food components that are indigestible for us and thus make them accessible.

Rectum: stores remaining food that is excreted through the anus.

Do I have digestive problems?

If you repeatedly suffer from constipation, stomach ache or mild diarrhea, the level of suffering increases quickly. Diet and digestion are becoming an important issue that can determine everyday life. The fear of unpleasant, long sessions in the restaurant toilet diminishes the desire to go out. You start coordinating food, appointments, and appointments and may worry long in advance. Then at the latest it is time to take action.

A self-test can help identify and interpret situations and symptoms.

Here is the self-test

Tips for good digestion

Many factors play a role in healthy digestion. Most people know that thorough chewing helps in processing the food. Drink enough! Non-alcoholic drinks such as water or juice spritzers promote digestion. What many do not know: exercise is a very important factor. Going for a walk stimulates bowel activity because the legs also move the stomach. Take a long lap after dinner instead of going straight back to your desk or going to bed in the evening.

Grandma's kitchen has quite a few Home remedies and good tricks in stock. Some spices help digestion. Therefore z. B. Cabbage or sauerkraut cooked with caraway seeds. The contained oil helps against Flatulence. Mustard, anise, fennel or Asian cumin (= cumin) are also digestive. The much-cited schnapps, on the other hand, is bad when the stomach is full: alcohol slows down digestion and tends to make the symptoms worse.

This helps with digestion

  • A quarter of an hour of light exercise after eating (e.g. walking, cycling)
  • Drink at least one to two liters a day
  • Prefer low-sugar drinks (water, juice spritzers)
  • Use digestive spices (caraway, mustard, anise, fennel)
  • Eat high in fiber, prefer whole grain products

You should avoid that

  • Alcohol or digestive liquor
  • Long breaks after eating
  • Flatulent dishes like cabbage or legumes
  • Food rich in sugar and only white flour
  • Onions and garlic, as both can cause digestive problems

Cause unknown: functional intestinal complaints *

Recurring gastrointestinal complaints such as flatulence, bloating, abdominal pain or cramps, but also diarrhea or constipation can have organic or allergic causes. But in about half of the cases, medical professionals cannot find the reasons. Then doctors speak of functional complaints. Patients still suffer and seek solutions to their digestive problems.

* For dyspeptic complaints

Taboo subject intestines: Talking is gold

If the stomach and intestines do not work properly, it is embarrassing for many. It starts with an audible rumbling stomach or bowel noises - especially in public. Excessive gas, abdominal pain, frequent diarrhea or constipation can be really tormenting. But trying to bypass it is usually not possible and may put you under additional pressure. Realize that many other people feel the same way. Try to talk about the topic and benefit from the experience of others.

Clarify the causes

The first point of contact for digestive problems is the family doctor. He can determine if there is a serious illness. In every second case, however, no organic causes can be identified. A common cause of stomach and intestinal discomfort is stress.

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