Do you suffer from gastrointestinal challenges? We’re talking about gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation and sometimes even nausea. Maybe you’ve even wondered if you have an inflammatory bowel disease or a digestive disorder.
Stomach problems are common. They’re so common that consumers spend billions of dollars every year on digestion remedies. These remedies often cause more problems than they resolve and the relief is only temporary. The good news is that there are things you can do today to improve your digestion.
1 – Eat Yogurt
Yogurt contains probiotics. These are microorganisms, bacteria, which are helpful for digestion. Your stomach is full of billions of these healthy bacteria. Unfortunately, stress, the environment, and a not-so-healthy diet can kill these good bacteria and make room for the bad guys. This causes stomach upset and digestive issues.
Eating a yogurt every day can help keep the levels of good bacteria high. Other sources of probiotics include fermented foods like kefir, kombucha, miso soup, and fermented food like pickles and sauerkraut.
2 – Drink Water
The digestive process requires water to help digest and absorb foods. If you don’t have enough water in your stomach then your body will pull water from your cells. Of course, there’s a limit to how much it can pull from your cells. If you stay hydrated then your digestive system can effectively move food through your body, absorb nutrients and efficiently eliminate waste. Not enough water and you’ll suffer from constipation and/or diarrhea.
3 – Move Your Body
A sedentary lifestyle sends signals to your body that it doesn’t need much energy. Thus, digestion slows down. Additionally, sitting down just doesn’t facilitate proper movement through your intestines. You don’t have to run a marathon every day to have a healthy system. Simply walk more and try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day.
4 – Eat Better
Try to reduce salt, sugar, and fat from your diet. This is accomplished by replacing junk food and processed foods with whole foods. Replace that cookie with an apple and you have more fiber and less salt, fat, and sugar. Replace your morning cereal with steel-cut oats or a veggie and protein smoothie, and you once again have more fiber and nutrients and fewer empty calories.
The fiber helps your digestive system stay healthy. Processed foods are packed with irritants that cause inflammation in your digestive lining. Reduce them and improve the health of your gut.
Finally, stop smoking and strive to drink no more than two glasses of alcohol a day. Reduce stress and smile more. Sometimes the path to better digestive health is as simple as taking better care of yourself and your body.