How to keep your digestive system healthy
Your lifestyle and the food you eat have a direct impact on the health of your digestive system. That’s why it’s so important to consider what you eat and how you treat your body every day. When you’ve got a functioning digestive system, it has a positive impact on your sense of well-being and overall health.
Here are 6 easy ways you can keep your digestive system healthy. From making sure you eat those greens to staying hydrated, you can ensure your body smiles from the inside out. Always.
1. Make sure you get enough fibre
It’s no secret that fibre is good for the digestive system. And different types of fibre work different types of magic. For example, insoluble fibre helps the digestive tract to move things along, and soluble fibre absorbs water to make stools more solid.
You can find insoluble fibre in veggies, whole grains and wheat brans. Soluble fibre can be found in oats, seeds, and citrus fruit. High fibre diets have also been known to lower the risk of many digestive conditions like reflux, ulcers, IBS, and hemorrhoids.
Plus, another type of fibre, called prebiotics, is essential for a healthy digestive system. Prebiotics feed your gut healthy bacteria. It can be found in many grains, fruits, and vegetables. People with diets high in prebiotics have a reduced risk of inflammatory bowel conditions.
2. Stay hydrated
Low fluid is one of the most common causes of constipation, so it’s important to always stay hydrated. Experts recommend consuming 6 to 8 cups of water (non-caffeinated liquids) a day to prevent constipation. If you live in a warm climate, you may need to up this intake a little more.
While water is probably the most important fluid, you can meet your fluid intake by adding herbal teas and (again) other non-caffeinated drinks to the mix. You should also regularly eat fruit and veggies that have a high water content, like cucumbers, celery, courgettes, tomatoes, peaches, etc. This way, you’re doubling the goodness for your body.
3. Get regular exercise
We all know that regular exercise is a must if we want to be kind to our bodies. As well as improving muscle strength and the cardiovascular system, it also stimulates the gut and increases intestinal activity. And what does that mean? Better digestion.
Exercise increases blood flow to your muscles, which keeps the digestive system muscles moving, too. This means food can pass through your body more easily, even when you’re resting.
Plus, because exercise has been found to reduce stress symptoms, it can potentially be beneficial for those who suffer from IBS. The American Journal of Gastroenterology conducted a study which found that physical activity can improve symptoms of the condition.
4. Eat on schedule
Having a predictable eating routine helps keep your digestive system healthy. That’s opposed to eating erratically at varying times of the day.
Obviously, the food you eat needs to be good for you – i.e high in fibre, protein, vitamins, minerals etc. but consuming it roughly on schedule creates a routine for your gut.
So, if you can, aim to sit down at the same time each day for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacks.
While a balanced diet and exercise are paramount to achieving a healthy gut and digestive system, you can enhance these results even further by adding supplements. For example, our Purification supplement is high in Vitamin B12, iron, and milk thistle.
Milk thistle aids digestion by reducing gas and bloating. It can also protect our cells and tissues against oxidative damage due to stress, alcohol, UV exposure or pollution. And vitamin B12 is responsible for gut health. It helps to prevent diarrhea, cramping and nausea. It also enhances metabolism and produces energy in our cells.
6. Keep your diet in check
We all know it’s a fact that drinking alcohol, smoking, and consuming excessive caffeine are no good for our bodies. While each activity can harm our insides and outsides in different ways, all have the potential to compromise our digestive system and cause some pretty unpleasant conditions.
So, for the sake of your long-term health it’s recommended that you keep these habits in check as much as possible. That doesn’t mean giving up the things you love – after all a bit of what you fancy does you good, so they say – but it does mean taking a balanced and sensible approach.
Look after your insides
We hope our 6 tips help you to keep your digestive system healthy for a very long time.
If you are kind to your gut, you’ll soon notice how much healthier you feel, both mentally, and physically.