Four Effective Methods for Improving Your Digestion
Today’s nutrition market is saturated with digestive upset medications designed to alleviate symptoms after digestive problems have already occurred. If you are tired of dealing with digestive problems after they have already set in, there are several changes that you can begin making that will offer a preventative approach.
1. Chew Your Food
Your parents probably told you to chew your food when you were little. This is great advice that everyone should follow throughout life. Digestion begins the moment you put food in your mouth. Chewing and digestive enzymes in the saliva are an essential first stage in the digestive process.
2. Increase Dietary Fibre
Fibre is the component in some forms of food that cannot be absorbed by your body. Fibre plays an important role in preventing heart disease and assisting in weight management. It is also essential for moving food through the digestive tract. Including high-fiber foods such as fruit, vegetables, beans and legumes in your diet is essential for proper digestion.
3. Increase Healthy Bacteria
“Good” bacteria in your diet is important for proper digestion, and can be found in yoghurt—be sure to look for yoghurt that adds active cultures to the yoghurt after it has been pasteurized—and probiotics supplements that contain acidophilus and bifidobacteria.
4. Be Aware of Food Sensitivities
Food allergies and food intolerances are more common than most people realise. An allergy or intolerance to dairy or wheat, for example, can cause gas, bloating, diarrhoea or constipation, stomach pain, and a number of additional symptoms. If you notice digestive upset or other problems after eating, talk with your doctor and dietitian about methods for identifying food sensitivities. Once a food allergy or intolerance has been confirmed, you will be able to maintain a diet that eliminates these foods and allows healthy digestion.
If you have questions about digestive problems and are interested in improving your digestion, contact your local doctor who will arrange for you to see a dietitian and nutritionist.