“You are what you eat” – has never been more true when it comes to digestive health. The digestive system is integral in taking the food we eat and turning it into energy we need. Hippocrates said “the root of good health lies in the gut” – so look after your gut and we can look after our health!
What are you doing to maintain a healthy digestive system?
Try these easy to follow steps –
- Fibre is key – slows down the movement of food through the intestinal tract and ensures that the maximum amount of nutrients are absorbed. Fiber also helps the elimination process. Excellent food sources of fiber are XXX. Alternatively add psyllium husk to your diet. Psyllium is a form of fibre derived from the husks of the Plantago ovata plant’s seeds. It is commonly used as a natural bulk forming laxative. It soaks up water in your gut and makes bowel movements much easier.
- Drink lots of water – water binds fiber and helps it pass through the digestive tract. Drinking too little water can slow down digestion significantly causing bloating, discomfort or painful waste elimination.
- Stay active – exercise and movement does literally help move food through the digestive system. Exercise can also boost energy and help avoid aggravating digestive issues that are caused by stress.
- Probiotics – literally mean “for life”. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that promote a healthy gut and digestive system. Our bodies are full of bacteria both good and bad. Probiotics are often referred to as the “friendly” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy. Probiotics can help balance the “good” and “bad” bacteria to keep your body working as it should. Probiotics can also help replace the “good” bacteria that you can lose when taking antibiotics and assist to restore balance in the body. Probiotics can be used to help Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Infectious diarrhoea, antibiotic diarrhoea.