A diet rich in fibre can help digestion and prevent constipation. Good sources can be found in foods such as whole grains and cereals, but you can also find it in fruits, raw vegetables, nuts and beans.
‘Healthy bacteria’ found in probiotics are naturally present in your digestive system. They are good at helping the body to enhance nutrient absorption, break down lactose, strengthen the immune system, and ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Live yoghurt is a good natural source, but you can also find supplements at most health food shops. Other natural sources that nourish the natural growth of probiotics can be found in bananas, garlic, honey, leeks and onions.
Drink plenty of water
Water in your digestive system helps dissolve fats and soluble fiber, allowing these substances to pass through more easily. Try drinking herbal teas and sugar-free cordials to give yourself more of a variety of beverage options.
Fish are definitely your digestive system’s friend. Try to opt for meals containing fish between three to five days in the week, and in particular try to find options rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, herring and mackerel, as these will promote a good balance of probiotics in the gut and help to break down harmful toxins.
Don’t rush your food. Eat small mouthfuls and learn to chew mouthfuls to break it down significantly before swallowing. This will put less pressure on your digestive system.
Choose lean meal
Leaner meats such as chicken, turkey and certain cuts of pork are less fatty than red meat, which means they’re easier for your digestive system to cope with.
Try incorporating ingredients such as cinnamon, cumin, fennel, ginger, peppermint and nutmeg to food and beverages. These can help the digestive system to prevent or relieve flatulence (gas), by strengthening the gastrointestinal tract, ie., your gut.
Green is good
When choosing vegetables, take time to look for options that will aid your digestive system. Light and dark green vegetables, such as courgette, chard, kale and spinach provide antioxidants that will help to strengthen the gut. Try adding portions to every meal and note the difference it makes!
Many organic products can be advantageous to the health of your digestive system. Although going organic can often be a pricier option, in many cases the health benefits of organic products, such as milk, can go some way towards. For a start, research has shown that organic milk contains significantly higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids (helpful for maintaining a healthy gut) than regular milk.
Don’t binge drink
The negative effects of alcohol are well known, but where your digestive system is concerned it’s important to acknowledge that excessive drinking often leads to ailments such as painful stomach ulcers and heartburn.