Digestive issues are becoming more and more common in the modern society for a variety of reasons – many are related to an increase in processed foods and a busier lifestyle, as well as mental health issues.
Whilst some are related to existing medical conditions, the majority can be alleviated in a natural way through simple habit management.
Here are five ways to improve your digestive system.
Tweak Your Diet
It’s time to kick the processed food and take things back to nature. To improve your digestive tract, you need to eat real food and a lot of fruit & vegetables. You also need to up your fibre to get things moving in the right direction, so to speak. Your body needs natural forms of both soluble fibre, found in foods like oat bran, barley, nuts, seeds, and beans, and insoluble fibre such as wheat bran, whole grains and again, vegetables.
Another excellent way to improve your digestive system is to add healthy fats, such as olive oil, nuts, seeds, avocados and salmon, to your diet. Supplements can also help in many cases. For good digestion, take a daily probiotic to encourage good bacteria in the stomach. You can also find this in foods such as fermented foods, like sauerkraut, and yoghurt.
Boost your Stomach Acid
There are very simple things that you can do to boost your stomach acid naturally. One is to add lemon to your water between meals. Another is to drink a spoonful of apple cider vinegar in water before each meal. Finally, chew your food. When you chew your food thoroughly, then your gut has less work to do to break down your food.
You are also less likely to take in extra air when swallowing quickly, which causes bloating. Very few people actually take 15-20 chews per bite, but it can make a huge difference to your digestive system. Chew each mouthful until it is nearly impossible to discern what was in the bite you took. This may mean upwards of 15-20 chews per bite. Take your time, eat mindfully and reap the rewards.
Water helps everything in your body operate properly. It’s like oiling a machine. One of the biggest benefits to staying hydrated is that your digestive system functions much more smoothly and effectively than when you aren’t drinking enough water. The amount that you need actually varies by your body type and size, as well as many other external factors. The best advice is to start your day with a large glass of water and then sip water constantly throughout the day in order to stay hydrated.
Manage Your Stress and Anxiety Levels
Stress and anxiety can cause your digestive system to over-function, making you feel uncomfortable. There are many ways to lower your stress levels to improve your digestive system – and a huge number of other health benefits to boot. Read our recent article on reducing your anxiety for more detailed tips.
Listen to Your Body & Move it Too
It’s important to exercise regularly. Moving regularly helps keep things moving regularly. Exercising increases your metabolism and blood flow which aids digestion.
An active lifestyle also contributes to weight maintenance, which also helps to regulate the digestive system as well as provide numerous other health benefits.