If you’re having digestive problems, you may be missing out on a lot of the fun. Whether those digestive disorders cause stomach pain or upset your colon creating bathroom problems, you don’t have to just live with the problem. You can improve digestive health by making changes to your lifestyle and reap the rewards of feeling good again.
Exercise can improve digestion.
Exercise improves all bodily functions by improving circulation and increasing oxygen and nutrients to the all areas of the body, including the digestive system. Something as simple as walking, strengthens abdominal muscles and helps push the food through the process. Other types of exercise help improve the nervous system that improve digestive functioning. Some may also cause the muscles to massage the abdomen and help digestion take place. Regular exercise strengthens the digestive system over time.
Eat a high fiber diet that contains both soluble and insoluble fiber.
Fiber provides bulk that keeps food moving through the digestive tract and prevents constipation. It can help prevent IBS, hemorrhoids, diverticulitis and other digestive problems. It also fills you up, helping you lose weight. When the fiber is insoluble, it doesn’t digest and that is where you get the bulk. Soluble fiber draws in water to create a softer stools that are easier to pass and prevent watery loose ones.
Add probiotics to your diet.
Probiotics are good bacteria that are normally found in your colon. They help break down the food and aid in your digestion. If you’ve taken an antibiotic, which kills both bad and good bacteria, eat a bad diet that won’t support healthy bacteria or have stress, it can cut the number of bacteria available. Adding these to your diet enhances absorption, aid in breaking down nutrients, including lactose and boost your immune system. Good sources include live culture yogurt and kefir.
- Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated helps your digestive system in a number of ways. One of which is to keep stools softer, avoiding constipation.
- Cut out alcohol, coffee and smoking. They interfere with digestion and can cause of problems like acid reflux, heartburn and stomach ulcers.
- Learn how to cope with stress. You can manage stress with meditation and other relaxation techniques, as well as with regular exercise.
- Limit fat in your diet. Eat lean meats and avoid fatty foods that can slow the digestive process.