Avoid tummy troubles with these tips to improve your digestive health.
It’s that familiar yet uncomfortable gurgling from your gut. The gas, bloating, acid reflux…your stomach and digestive tract is wreaking havoc.
Digestion is the process by which your body breaks down the food you eat into the nutrients your body uses. Poor digestive health can disrupt this process and have a negative effect on overall health.
Try these tips to improve your digestive system:
- Amp up the fiber. On average, Americans consume 10 to 15 grams of fiber each day. However, the recommended intake is 20 to 35 grams per day. Consuming adequate amounts of fiber promotes regular bowel movements and helps balance the pH levels in the intestines.
- Just add water. If you are experiencing problems with constipation, dehydration could be the culprit. Water in the digestive tract aids in the dissolving of fats and soluble fiber. Additionally, insoluble fiber, like that found in cereal, can soak up water. By consuming water with these fibers, waste is softened and easier to pass.
- Try some yogurt. The live cultures in yogurt may sound unappetizing, but they are good for your gut. Yogurt provides good bacteria for your body and digestive tract. Also, yogurt is easier to digest than milk, giving lactose intolerant people a dairy option.
- Cut out the fat. High fat foods can take longer to digest and lead to acid reflux and heartburn.
- Exercise. In addition to promoting weight loss, exercise promotes good digestion. Regular exercise can help improve the efficiency of the digestive process.
If your adverse digestive symptoms do not subside with lifestyle changes, diet or over-the-counter medications, Regional Medical Center can help you find a physician and answer any of your questions. Give our free Consult-A-Nurse® service a call at 1-888-741-5119.