Everyone experiences occasional digestive symptoms such as upset stomach, gas, heartburn, nausea, constipation or diarrhoea.
However, when these symptoms occur frequently, they can cause major disruptions to your life
Your digestive health is directly impacted by the foods you eat and the lifestyle you live. This World Digestive Tract Day, take steps to improve your digestive health which will help your digestive system to function more efficiently, improving your overall health and sense of well-being.
- Eating when stressed is a common cause of bloating, which many of our clients think is normal because it happens day in, day out. But it’s not, and you can reduce it if you calm your system before eating.
- Eating a diet based on whole foods and limiting the intake of processed foods may be best for optimal digestion.
- Go for high-fibre foods, such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans and lentils. Always Start slowly and gradually add fibre to your diet.
- Water is fibre’s best friend. Fibre soaks it up, and this will help you avoid cramping or gas. So, increase the amount of water you drink
- Limit fat intake. Fats tend to stay in your system the longest, making them harder to digest.
- Aim to sit down for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks around the same time each day.
- Not getting enough sleep is linked to a higher prevalence of obesity, which sets you up for digestive system disorders.
- As with other aspects of health, exercise is the best way to lose weight and maintain a healthy body weight to ward off digestive system problems.
- Incorporate Probiotics or healthy bacteria into your diet.
- Skip or try to avoid caffeine, alcohol and cigarettes in your diet.