When it comes to overall wellness, maintaining your digestive health is just as important as maintaining your heart health, bone health and the health of the rest of your body. Your digestive system is where it all begins. You won’t produce energy, have a balanced mood, or fight illness if you can’t digest, break down, and absorb nutrients. The digestive process means that the food we eat has quite an amazing journey through the body. From the mouth it travels down the thorax, abdomen, and pelvis, ending at the rectum – a complete passage known as the alimentary tract or canal, which is about 25 feet (about 7.6 metres) in length. Along the way, food is partly broken down in the mouth with saliva, and continued in the stomach with acids, then through the small and large intestines, all of which help to convert the food into a state ready for the absorption of nutrients into the bloodstream.
All the internal secretions that aid digestion such as saliva, stomach acid, gastric juices, pancreatic juices, enzymes and bile salts are produced in controlled quantities by the body, and their release is regulated according to the amount and types of food needing to be digested.
Here we shall discuss certain tips that will help you to maintain a healthy digestive system.
Eat a high fiber food
A diet that is high in fiber and rich in whole grains, vegetables, legumes, and fruits can improve your digestive health.A high-fiber diet helps to keep food moving through your digestive tract, making you less likely to get constipated.
A probiotic may be helpful for replenishing your body’s supply of beneficial bacteria which your digestive tract actually needs. If you suffer from digestive issues of any kind, an enzyme supplement is designed to help digestive health and the way your body works as a whole.
Consume Adequate protein
Consume adequate protein, especially vegetable protein, as part of a healthy and balanced diet. Try non-animal foods such as beans and soy products. Although animal sources of protein contain many important vitamins and minerals, they also contain saturated fats and cholesterol. Plant proteins, like beans, soy products and nuts, contain more beneficial mono- and polyunsaturated fats but no cholesterol. When you do choose animal protein, choose lean meats, poultry and fish.
Healthy digestion requires adequate fluid intake. Many factors such as exercise, weather, weight and health affect how much water is right for you. The standard recommendation is to consume the equivalent of 8 glasses of water a day. Whichever guideline you use, it is important to make sure you are drinking enough fluids throughout the day, whether it is in the form of simple water, or water-rich food sources such as soup.
Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, doing activities you like, such as walking, aerobic or strength-building activities. If you can’t fit 30 minutes in every day do whatever you can, when you can. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk to work, or take a walk during your lunch break.