Maintaining Good Digestive Health

Every Sunday I like to provide the membership with nutritional and lifestyle info. This week I thought I would write about Maintaining Good Digestive Health because a good gut can really go a long way to maintaining overall health!

1) Eat a High Fiber Diet: Consuming 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.

2) Get Insoluble and Soluble Fiber in Your Diet: It is important to consume both types of fiber, which each help your digestive system in different ways. Insoluble fiber, also known as roughage, can't be digested by the body and therefore helps add bulk to the stools. Soluble fiber draws in water and can help prevent stools that are too watery. Good sources of insoluble fiber include wheat bran, vegetables, and whole grains; get soluble fiber from oat bran, nuts, seeds, and legumes.

3) Limit Foods that are High in Fat: Fatty foods tend to slow down the digestive process, making you more prone to constipation. It is important to get some fat in your diet, however, pairing fatty foods with high-fiber foods can make them easier on your digestive system!

4) Choose Lean Meats: Protein is an essential part of a healthful diet, but fatty cuts of meat can lead to uncomfortable digestion. When you eat meat, select lean cuts, such as pork loin and skinless poultry!

5) Incorporate Probiotics into your Diet: Probiotics are the healthy bacteria naturally present in your digestive tract. They help keep the body healthy by combating the effects of a poor diet, antibiotics, and stress. Probiotics can enhance nutrient absorption, help break down lactose, strengthen your immune system, and possibly even help treat irritable bowel syndrone. Good sources of probiotics,are low-fat yogurt or kefir, on a daily basis.

6) Drink Lots of Water: Drinking plenty of water is good for your digestive health. Water in your digestive system helps dissolve fats and soluble fiber, allowing these substances to pass through more easily.

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