Health | How to have a better digestive system

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January is all about re-evaluating your eating habits and lifestyle choices. Make 2016 the year you care more about how your body digests the food you eat.

When we are eating our lovely take away or gourmet lunch, we consciously eradicate any negative thoughts on what such foods are doing to our digestive health.

Having the odd treat or luxurious dish is fine. But when we continually neglect our digestive health, our body is in danger of running into problems when digesting foods and absorbing vital nutrients that our body needs.

A few adjustments to your diet can have a huge positive impact.

A diet that is high in fibre and rich in whole grains, vegetables and fruits is the best approach. This helps to keep food moving through the digestive tract and can help prevent or treat digestive conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome or haemorrhoids. Such a diet can also help you achieve or maintain a healthy weight.

Limit foods that are high in fat. Fatty foods tend to slow down the digestive process, making you more prone to constipation.

As good fats are also important in your diet, you should pair fatty foods with high fibre foods to make it easier on your digestive system. Replace fatty meats with leaner cuts, such as skinless poultry.

Better Digestive System

Aim to incorporate probiotics into your diet. Probiotics are the healthy bacteria naturally present in the digestive tract and help keep the body healthy by combating the effects of a poor diet, antibiotics, and stress. Natural yogurt is one of the best sources of probiotics.

Drinking plenty of water is also good for your digestive system as it helps dissolve fats and soluble fibre, allowing these substances to pass through more easily.

Eating regularly, not skipping meals and exercising are also known to help – it’s the small things that will make a big difference to your health.