How to Increase Digestive Motility

Updated April 17, 2017

The term "gut motility" or "digestive motility" refers to the movement of food through the digestive system. Having poor gut motility can lead to digestive problems, such as abdominal bloating and flatulence and increases chances of stomach pains and indigestion. Luckily, it is fairly easy to increase your gut motility, which will prevent these symptoms from reoccurring.

Increase your water intake. You need to drink at least two litres per day and preferably more. This will ensure your bowel is hydrated and soften stools.

Add more fibre to your diet. Fibre is frequently found in cereals, beans, lentils, fruits and vegetables. Try to ensure you eat at least two high-fibre snacks per day.

Reduce foods that are known to slow gut motility. The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders recommends cutting down on cheese, pasta, bread, rice and bananas.

Snack on magnesium-rich foods, which have been proven to help boost digestion. "The Food Doctor" recommends leafy vegetables, nuts and sunflower seeds.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Fibre
  • Leafy vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Sunflower seeds
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Elle Blake has been writing since 2006. Her articles regularly appear in "All Women Stalk," "Parenting," "Education Plus" and "Glamour." She has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in early childhood studies and primary education and a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in animal welfare and behavior, both from the University of Warwick. She is currently studying towards NCTJ Certificate in Magazine and Journalism.