Having amazing digestive health can be very challenging to everyone. Instances of bloating, gas, nausea, constipation and even diarrhea can sometimes be unavoidable. Many things can affect your digestive health negatively. Some of the leading causes of digestive problems include; allergic reactions, infection, poor eating habits (diet) or living an unhealthy lifestyle. Digestive problems can affect everyone, from the young to the old, and the most embarrassing thing is that you can suffer from digestive issues at any time and in any given place. Therefore, the best way would be to prevent yourself and to keep your digestive health in check.
Below are five natural ways in which you can improve your digestive health and hence protect yourself from embarrassing digestive problems.
1. Drinking Plenty of Water
The importance of water when talking about good health can never be ignored. Water is needed to help in the digestion process, and that’s why after every meal you should take a glass of water. Water helps the body in digesting the solid foods and also in absorbing the nutrients from the food we eat. Keeping your body constantly dehydrated means your blood pressure will be in check and hence zero chances of constipation. Its recommended that the average human being needs to take approximately 80 ounces of pure water daily. This amount of water should be taken in between in between meals and never during meal time. The information found on the Digestive Center website is useful to help you gain a better understanding.
Adding probiotics into your diet will definitely improve your digestive system. What exactly are probiotics? These bacteria that live in the digestive system of human beings, and are beneficial when it comes to having a healthy digestive system. The probiotics produce vitamins and fatty acids (the short chain type) which are used to nurture other useful bacteria in the digestive system that are non-disease causing. This leads to a healthier gut. In addition to that, the probiotics help in breaking down the food we eat, reduce any form of chronic inflammation and prevent digestive infections. The best way to get probiotics is by eating fermented foods. There are also recommended probiotics supplements.
3. Timely Eating Schedule
You need to have a set timetable that clearly states your eating time. Make sure your body is accustomed to a specific eating routine of both the main meals and snacks. Avoid taking meals randomly. Make sure your eating times are not interrupted, and you have a chance to enjoy your meal when seated down comfortably. Make sure your eating environment is very comfortable with zero distractions. Make sure you have your meals when you are in a relaxed mood.
4. Keeping Fit by Working Out
Having a physically fit body means you will have an improved digestive system. Whenever your body is involved in any physical workout sessions, the food in the digestive system is set in motion. This reduces instances of constipation. In addition to that working out will make sure you have the ideal healthy weight hence improved digestive system. Everyone needs to include working out sessions into their weekly routines.
5. Acid Level in Your Stomach
One of the major causes of digestive problems is low or very high levels of acid in the stomach. The stomach acid helps in breaking down the food into a liquid state before the food is released into the small intestine. When the food is not broken down properly, especially when chewing, your digestive system will have a longer mechanical digestion process. This is, in turn, will cause the food to stay longer in your stomach which leads to bloating. You can improve the stomach acid level by chewing your foods properly (15-20 chews), taking apple cider vinegar before every meal (1 to 2 tablespoons) and taking water with freshly squeezed lemon before eating.