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Digestive Health Maintenance

Mikkie Mills Mar 12, 2020
More research have been done showing that the gut is connected to the brain and is vital to our immune system and also mental health. It has been found that an unhealthy gut, sometimes called leaky gut, can be the root cause that leads to many common diseases and health concerns. Through nutrition, you can improve your digestive health.

Food Choices

Try to focus on eating mostly whole foods instead of those that are heavily processed. Yogurt is a good choice since it naturally contains probiotics, which are good bacteria that live in the gut and keep it healthy. Ginger is another food that can improve digestion and alleviate mild discomfort from nausea or heartburn. Ginger is great as a tea.

Fiber

Fiber is an important part of digestive health. It’s found naturally in foods such as vegetables, especially beans, fruits, and grains. Fiber keeps your digestive system running smoothly and prevents constipation. You can find some plant paradox recipes to make sure you get enough fiber while being a delicious recipe.

Probiotics

While probiotics can be found in yogurt and fermented foods such as sauerkraut, we don’t always get enough of them from diet alone. A probiotic supplement will help by providing enough good bacteria in your gut to help with the digestive process and keep the harmful bacteria at bay. These live bacteria and naturally occurring yeast keep your system balanced.

Hydration

Being adequately hydrated by getting enough water and eating foods with high water content, can help to prevent uncomfortable bloating and eliminate excess water weight. Proper hydration is necessary for your digestive system to function and continue to move food along the digestive tract.

Stress Management

Too much stress can have a very powerful negative effect on digestive health. It’s important to try and limit stress, or at least take measures to control it, since it can lead to unpleasant symptoms like diarrhea, nausea, and heartburn. Stress can also exacerbate symptoms of diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome.

Mindfulness

Pay attention to your body and take note of your reaction to various foods. Being mindful of how foods affect you will help you to keep track of what you can and cannot eat. Keep a food journal for an easy way to record this. Other ways to be mindful are to eat your meals slowly and chew your food thoroughly.