If you’re one of the 70 million people affected by digestive problems you probably know that diet plays a role in how you feel.
While optimizing your digestive health typically takes trial and error—and the guidance of a health-care provider—there are some helpful changes you can make to your diet that often improve your digestive health.
Here are seven expert tips.
These foods help keep things running smoothly by providing essential vitamins and minerals along with fibre to push things along.
Also cut back on white sugar, white flour, and fried foods.
If you find that certain foods create more discomfort than others consider asking a naturopath about food allergies.
Support your body with Glutamine
Glutamine is one of the most important nutrients that you can give your body as it supports the repair and regeneration of the intestinal lining in your body and also soothes inflammation.
Check with a health care professional before taking any supplements.
Add probiotics to your diet
They keep the body healthy by combating the effects of poor diet, antibiotics and stress.
Probiotics also help enhance nutrient absorption, strengthen the immune system and possibly even help treat irritable bowel syndrome.
While they are naturally present in our body, it helps to consume foods that are probiotic in nature.
Avoid foods that irritate your digestive tract
Some people can tolerate a large amount of spices and others cannot.
Understand what works for you and eat accordingly.
Other substances that irritate the digestive tract are nicotine and certain types of medication. While spicy food can irritate the stomach lining in some people, it does not lead to ulcers.
It can however exacerbate existing ulceration in the intestines or stomach.
The secret to a healthy digestive system is to either avoid or balance your intake of substances that cause irritation to your system.
Lower Your Stress Levels
Much like the spinal cord, neurons cover your intestinal wall where they send information throughout your body.
The existence of the brain/gut connection makes it clear that stress can be linked to gut health.When stressed, your brain sends messages to your gut in the form of chemicals.
These chemicals affect how well your gut works.
5 Tactics to Reduce Stress and Support Gut Health
It’s amazing how much better you can feel about things if you just take some time to stop, breathe, and concentrate. If you need to use a mantra, go for it!
Aromatherapy harnesses the power of plant-sourced essential oils. Many people attest that this ancient, traditional practice helps them manage stress.
Physical activity affects stress and mood. If you’re feeling stressed, being active can help you overcome it!
What you eat can have a significant impact on your gut health. Stress-relieving foods can help.
Laughter can relieve stress by producing endorphins and lowering the stress hormone cortisol. Find a funny friend or turn on a comedy to produce a relieving chuckle.
Incorporate Fermented Foods Into Your Diet
Fermented foods can introduce good bacteria to your gut but know that it’s better to make your own.
Store-bought options are usually pasteurized, which kills good bacteria. Some of the best fermented foods for promoting gut health include:
- Soy Sauce
- Fermented Tofu
Drink plenty of water
Dehydration is known to wreak havoc on our digestive system.
We need to drink at least 3 litres of water a day to keep our system well hydrated.
Our intestines use water to push the digested waste through the system and convert it into a form that can be easily eliminated.
Continuous low water intake leads to constipation and the build-up of toxins in the body, and this in turn increases your risk of developing more complicated digestive issues.
So make sure you consciously take the time to drink the amount of water you need every day, at regular intervals.
Don’t wait to be thirsty.