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Tips to Improve Your Digestive System

Slow digestive systems can leave you feeling lethargic, bloated and possibly even like you have gained weight. Your digestive system is an essential part of your metabolism, and along with eliminating waste, it is through this system that you absorb the vitamins and other nutrients that are in your food. A well-functioning digestive system requires that you eat healthy, fresh, whole foods; drink plenty of water; and exercise regularly.

Here are 10 healthy tips to improve your digestive system :

  • Keep Chewing – Chewing is crucial for proper digestion. The more you break down food in your mouth, the less work has to be done later. Your brain also needs some time to receive the signal that you are full, so take your time and chew eat time 20-30 times before swallowing.
  • Eat Plenty of Fibre – It’s important that you eat enough fibre soluble and insoluble to keep your food moving through your intestines easily. Soluble fibre, like veggies and whole grains, draws in water and helps to prevent stool from being too watery. Insoluble fibre helps to add bulk to stool. Also, because fatty foods are hard to digest, pair such food with fibre.
  • Drink Water – Adding plenty of water to your diet will help digestion by dissolving fats and soluble fibre, this allows food to pass through your intestines more easily.
  • Exercise – Moving your body, taking walks or jogs, lifting weights or doing yoga, keeps food moving through your digestive system. Exercise increases blood flow to your organs and engages muscle in the GI tract.
  • Reduce Stress – Feelings of stress or anxiety can mess with your digestive system because your brain and digestive system are connected. Stress can lead to digestive problems like IBS and ulcers. Try stress relieving exercises, getting more sleep and/or relaxation techniques.
  • Eat Warm Foods – The spleen works best with the warmth and dislikes the cold, and our digestive enzymes require warmth to break down food properly. Try incorporating soups, cooked vegetables or teas into your diet.
  • Quit Smoking – Smoking can have a serious negative impact on your digestive system because it weakens the value at the end of the oesophagus, and this leads to acid reflux and heartburn, it also increases the risk of gastrointestinal cancers.
  • Drink Less Alcohol – Ever notice how your digestion is a little off after a night of drinking? Alcohol interferes with acid secretion, stomach muscles and nutrient absorption, so be careful not to drink to much.
  • Lose Weight – Being even a few pounds overweight can cause digestive issues, for instance, the value between the stomach and oesophagus sometimes won’t close completely, which allows stomach acid back into the oesophagus.
  • Try Probiotics – Probiotics compete for space with bad bacteria, promote the release of natural antibodies in the digestive tract and can even attack unhealthy bacteria directly in some cases.

So which steps do you use to keep your digestive system on track?

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    • You are doing all the right things for your digestive system. Take adequate fluid as well. Insufficient fluid intake is a common cause of constipation. Increase your water intake by drinking non-caffeinated beverages and eating fruits and vegetables that have a high water content.

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    • Glad you liked it. Diets high in processed foods have been linked to a higher risk of digestive disorders. Eating a diet low in food additives, trans fats and artificial sweeteners may improve your digestion and protect against digestive diseases. A high-fiber diet promotes regular bowel movements and may protect against many digestive disorders. Three common types of fiber are soluble and insoluble fiber, as well as prebiotics.

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    • I am glad you liked it. Some medications or medical problems can interfere with smooth digestion. If you’ve ruled out other problems but still have symptoms, tell your doctor whatโ€™s been going on. Bring a list of any medicines you take. This might help spot the source of your problem.

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  1. Love your article, I have not been a big ‘google’ fan recently…but probiotics had caused intense painful diarrhea for weeks. The dr. suggest discontinuation (of course). I continue my plight on the actual benefits of our foods (nothing processed that includes the PUSHED VITAMINS you buy in a bottle) as the tools/medicine to help the body run smoothly. We are all so very different in how our food is processed. Too bad in western culture what is considered “food” much should NOT be CONSUMED!! okay, my two cents! Great getting this post out here!!! WTG!

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    • Thank you Linda. I am glad you liked this post. Low fluid intake is a common cause of constipation. Experts recommend drinking 50โ€“66 ounces (1.5โ€“2 liters) of non-caffeinated fluids per day to prevent constipation. However, you may need more if you live in a warm climate or exercise strenuously. In addition to water, you can also meet your fluid intake with herbal teas and other non-caffeinated beverages such as seltzer water.
      Another way to help meet your fluid intake needs is to include fruits and vegetables that are high in water, such as cucumber, zucchini, celery, tomatoes, melons, strawberries, grapefruit and peaches.

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    • You are most welcome. I am glad you liked my post. It may seem like digestion only happens in your stomach, but itโ€™s a long process that involves many organs. Together they form the digestive tract.

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