Our digestive system has a very important function in our body. It breaks down the food we intake so that we can absorb all of the healthy nutrients from it. If we don’t take care of it properly, we may end up destroying our overall health.
Here are 10 tips we’re offering you that will help you have a healthier digestive system. You’ll see that your overall health will be improved.
Fiber is your friend
A diet which is high in fiber should contain fruits, whole grains, legumes and vegetables. Fiber can also help us prevent constipation and prevent or treat health problems like diverticulitis, hemorrhoids and irritable bowel syndrome. Fiber is also important if we want to have a healthy weight.
Two types of fiber
There are 2 types of fiber and they’re both very important: insoluble and soluble. The fiber that is insoluble can’t be processed or digested. It fills our stool with bulk. Whole grains, wheat bran and vegetables are an excellent source. Soluble fiber has the ability to draw water, so they’re good for people who have problems with watery stools. Such sources are: nuts, seeds, legumes, oat bran etc. We need to have both types balanced in our diet because they both have important roles.
Limit the fat
Fatty foods are the ones that cause constipation or even slow digestive processes. You don’t have to eliminate all the fats. You just have to intake the healthy ones. Intake foods rich in fiber and high fat foods together as your organism will be able to process them better.
Our bodies need protein from meat. Fatty cuts are bad for our digestion. Try to choose skinless poultry or pork loin. Red meats, like for example steaks are filled with fat and they’re extremely hard to digest. That can lead to an increased risk of colon cancer later in life.
Probiotics are filled with friendly bacteria that’s already present in our gut. We need them so that we can process our food effectively. Antibiotics, stress and poor diet are the once which can decrease the levels of our gut flora to decrease. Probiotics are very important since they can strengthen our whole immune system, break down lactose, help us treat various gastrointestinal problems etc.
Schedule your meals
We need to have a routine for our digestive system since it helps us process foods. Make sure you have a schedule when you eat. Make sure you eat your meals at the same time every day. Your snacks should also be in equal intervals between the meals. The most ideal timing is to let your stomach digest every meal for 3 or 4 hours. Your last meal should be at least 3 hours before you go to bed.
Hydration is essential
We need to intake plenty of fiber and hydrate our organism every day so that we can have good digestive processes. Dehydration is something which can cause constipation. When we lack water, our stomach loses its acidity and it disturbs the digestive process. Drink at least 2 liters of water every day.
Quit the bad habits
Some habits are really bad for our body like alcohol, too much caffeine and smoking. They can disturb our digestive processes causing heartburn and stomach ulcers.
If we exercise regularly, we’ll decrease constipation. We’ll also have a healthier weight and good digestive health. Make sure you have a schedule like for example 3 times a week. Your body will be definitely grateful and you’ll feel healthier and full of energy!
Article and image source: alternativemedicine.com