The Essentials of Good Digestive Health

Good digestive health is more than simply breaking down the food you eat; it is a process and inner working of your body that may literally be the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle.

Think about the engine of your car. It is essential to the entire cars operation to have a smooth running and reliable engine. Likewise, a properly functioning digestive system is a necessity for the human body to work properly.

Without proper digestive health, the organs and cells throughout your body will not receive the nutrition they require to perform effectively, much less performing optimally. It can derail everything. Your sleep, mood, memory, immune system, energy levels, and body weight are all affected directly by poor digestion.

This complex process may seem out of our reach in terms of what you can control. However, there are many things that we can do to keep our digestive system healthy and regular. The following list includes some natural approaches to maintaining your digestive health.

Eat Natural Foods: Only choose fresh organic foods rather than canned or boxed processed foods . Processed foods contain little nutrition and tend to irritate the digestive track. Natural and organic foods are better for you and taste better as well.

Drink More Water: Divide your body weight by 2 and that should equal the total ounces of water you drink each day. Water acts as a detoxifier that helps break down foods and to remove wastes from the body.

Eat More Fiber: Fiber prevents unwanted diarrhea, and helps to prevent constipation by forcing the large intestine to quickly remove waste. This also helps to exercise the muscles of the gastrointestinal tract, allowing them to work normally. Flaxseed meal and oil are a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids, as well as an excellent source of dietary fiber. For those with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) you may need to double your fiber intake versus a more “regular” individual.

Eat Protein with Every Meal: Protein helps digestive juices in the stomach to activate, are good for your muscles, and help you to achieve a nutritional balance.

Exercise Daily: The magic elixir of exercise works to increase movement within your bowels and improve your overall digestive health. Daily activity improves the natural rhythm of your digestive system and assists in moving food through your digestive system.

Supplement with Probiotics Probiotics are a type of healthy bacteria that strongly promote and benefit digestion. These bacteria will line your digestive track and help to break down your foods into the vital nutrients you need. There are few supplements you will find that act as effectively and quickly as a good probiotic.

Avoid Antibiotics If possible, avoid taking antibiotics. They serve to kill the good bacteria in the body that aid in digestion, and may cause a condition called Thrush, where the yeast in your body grows out of control causing you significant discomfort.

So there you have it, some quick and easy tips of benefiting your digestive health. Don’t let another day go by of cramping and discomfort without trying these natural methods and cures. You won’t be sorry.

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