6 Tips for a Happy & Healthy Digestive System
A healthy digestive system can prevent a lot of common ailments we experience on daily basis. Ailments like indigestion, acid reflux, nausea, constipation, diarrhea and abdominal pain can be prevented if we maintain a better digestive health.
Our digestive health is a result of the diet and the lifestyle we follow. A bad diet or an unhealthy lifestyle can impact the digestive health. Few changes in diet and lifestyle can work a magic on the digestive health. As fortunate as it gets, most of the changes in diet and lifestyle for better digestive health are simple & easy to follow. Most people start noticing improvement in their energy levels, bowel movements and overall health. The trick lies in sticking with these dietary & lifestyle changes for a long time.
Try these 5 tips for a better digestive health
Tip 1: Eat a High Fiber Diet
Consuming a fiber rich diet helps you to have better bowel movements, making you less likely to get constipated. Not just the constipation consuming a fiber rich diet helps in preventing or treating various digestive disorders, such as Hemorrhoids (Piles), and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Apart from this a fiber rich diet helps in maintaining healthy weight. Oats, vegetables, nuts, oranges are good sources of fiber.
It is necessary to consume both insoluble and soluble fiber proportionately. Insoluble fiber can make the stools bulky and soluble fiber can draw the water, making the stools less watery. This makes way for healthy bowel movements.
Tip 2: Avoid Foods High in Fat
Consuming fatty foods can significantly slow down the digestive system and can cause constipation. Consume foods with moderate fat levels like lean meat etc.… Consuming fatty foods with high fiber will make it easier for digestion.
Tip 3: Eat on Schedule
Consuming food on a regular schedule helps keeping the digestive system in good shape. You should aim at having breakfast, Lunch & Dinner at the same time every day.
Tip 4: Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking plenty of water helps in dissolving the fats and soluble fibers. It improves the bowel movements. Dehydration may lead to constipation. Aim at having a full glass of water right after you wake up and before meals. Apart from drinking water you can also opt for fluids with low sugar to stay hydrated.
Tip 5: Avoid Bad Habits
Alcohol abuse, Smoking and excessive caffeine intake interferes with the normal functioning of digestive system. These bad habits can lead to liver disorders, ulcers, Acid reflux etc.… Aim at avoiding these bad habits to keep your digestive system in shape.
Tip 6: Manage Stress
According to new findings “Stress can affect every part of Digestive System”. Stress affects nervous system which controls the digestive process. This in turn affects the digestion process. The affects may range from slowing down to stalling of digestion. Even though Stress doesn’t cause ulcers or IBD, it can make the symptoms worse. We recommend therapies like relaxation therapy, yoga and meditation for managing stress.