Can Standing Desks Aid in Digestion?

January 14, 2015

Have you experienced digestive issues and are wondering where they are stemming from? There can be many causes, from diet, to illness, to lifestyle. However, diet is of course one of the most impactful factors to a healthy environment in the digestive tract.  However, a sedentary lifestyle, or allowing yourself to get too stressed, can also create stomach issues.  What’s sort of startling is that almost everyone in this day and age is creating a poor situation for their stomach…

If you are sitting all day at a stressful job, eating low fiber foods and drinking coffee, then you may be setting yourself up for problems in the future. How can you make changes to improve digestion?

Standing Desks Aid in Digestion

An active lifestyle is one great way to keep your stomach happy and healthy.  People who sit all day are creating a very dangerous condition for their heart, their metabolism and for their digestion.  You should make it a point to take breaks and move throughout the day. Having a standing desk allows for that to be done simply and easily.

Moreover, standing desks allow you to keep good posture which opens up the internal organs and allows food to pass through the intestines more easily. Sitting all day forces your gut and all of your organs into a cramped position, which is very detrimental to stomach health.  This will lead to less stomach aches and cramps, as well as a smaller waistline and more calories burned throughout the day.

Other Recommendations for Better Digestive Health

  • Drink plenty of water.  Drinking water is probably the single most important thing you can do for your overall health and wellness. It will help your digestive tract to run smoothly and, when issues do arise, will keep you hydrated.
  • Manage Stress.  Just as drinking water is one of the best ways to improve health, getting stressed and allowing anxiety to rule your life is of the worst possible things you can do for your health.  You will absolutely get sick if you get too stressed.  This may surface as stomach issues, headaches, back problems, muscle or joint problems or hormonal issues.  Whatever the case may be, you will pay the price.  That said, stress will arise.  There is no way to create a stress-free life.  The only thing that you can do is learn to manage your stress.  Some ways to do that are meditation, yoga, therapy, exercise, sleep and finding hobbies that interest you.
  • Practice yoga. Yoga has a wide array of benefits.  It decreases stress, increases flexibility, opens up the internal organs and relaxes the body.  It also burns calories and gives the practitioner a sense of peace and relaxation.  All of these things can aid in digestion and create a better life, in general.
  • Avoid smoking, drinking alcohol and coffee.  If you are a coffee addict, or a regular smoker or drinker, then quitting cold turkey may not be practical or possible.  However, if you can limit your intake and learn to use in moderation, then you may see great results in all aspects of your health.  Your digestion can be greatly affected by alcohol, coffee and smoking, as can your heart, lungs, weight and mental health.    An alternative for coffee might be green tea, and you may want to replace your daily cocktail with a “mocktail” of fruit juice or some other tasty treat.

Boosted Metabolism Equals Weight Loss

Better digestion results in weight loss, a faster metabolism and a general sense of well-being.  The result is desirable for most of us, so even if you aren’t as interested in your health as you possibly should be, you are probably intrigued by the idea of weight loss. Try out a standing desk, along with these other tips, to improve digestion and overall health.


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