The Role of Exercise in Digestive Health

by lydia on September 15, 2015

Exercise has an important role to play for our digestion. Every cell of the body produces waste that must be metabolized and removed or the cell will die. Exercise, or movement,  is key in this process, as it stimulates blood circulation and lymphatic drainage.


Exercise that targets your lymph system helps to stop toxins from overrunning your body. You enjoy a sense of well-being and aren’t prone to weight gain. Consequently, your liver can operate optimally doing what it does best: burning fat. Exercise also helps blood, nutrients, and fresh oxygen reach each body cell to keep your body humming along. It also aids digestion, absorption, metabolism, and food assimilation and improves enzyme stores.

Exercise could be a preventative measure for gallstones. (Read more here and here). Exercise also helps to normalize bowel function, its’ a great way to help that train keep on rollin.’ It helps by essentially ‘massaging’ the intestines. You may find that regular movement/exercise will help to keep you regular. It is also a wonderful stress relief, helping the body to move out of sympathetic mode more readily. Stress relief in turn promotes healthy digestion, remember when we are too stressed we can’t adequately digest our food.

Rebounding for Detoxification & Lymphatic Drainage

One goal of exercise is to exercise your lymphatic system, and one of my favorite ways to do this is through rebounding. Rebounding is something most anyone can do. Read more about rebounding here and consider picking up a mini trampoline. It’s a great item to have in your home gym. I take mini breaks throughout my work day (I work at home) and jump on my trampoline for 5 minutes at a time just to keep my mood from slipping and to help with my energy levels, namely my mental energy. Longer sessions of rebounding can be extremely helpful for peristalsis and help those who struggle with constipation.

Articles to Read on Rebounding and Detoxification:


Yoga masters believe that certain yoga positions and breathing exercises aid digestion and strengthen stomach muscles, thus helping to relieve constipation.

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Be Sure To Eat Properly Before & After Exercising

After any lifting/resistance training make sure to consume some protein/fat and a tiny bit of carbs within 45 minutes. Eat something at least 1 hour before your workout to prevent your blood sugar from crashing and to give you enough energy to sustain your workout -this is only if you are doing more intense interval training or lifting. Cardio can be done on an empty stomach -as long as you are keeping it minimal. Drink water only during workouts!

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