3 Ways to Keep Your Digestive System Happy & Healthy

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ID-100177569A healthy digestive system can cut down on common ailments many people experience, some of which occur on a weekly or even daily basis. An upset stomach, indigestion, acid reflux, nausea, constipation and abdominal pain could all be eased or even relieved with a healthy digestive system.

Fortunately, the majority of tips we advise patients to follow in order to boost their digestive tract are very simple and easy to follow – the trick is actually to stick to them. Most people report it only takes a few days until they start to notice differences in their energy levels, bowel movements and overall health.

Fiber, Fiber, Fiber

When too much processed food, fat and sugar are in a person’s diet, their digestive system has to work overtime. There’s a reason doctors often advise that patient’s actively monitor the amount of processed food they consume and that they pay attention to fiber consumption.  Fiber is found in a large variety of foods – most vegetables and fruits are good sources of fiber, and so are lean meats, fish and nuts.

Foods especially high in fiber include raspberries, bananas, pears, figs, oatmeal, brown rice, whole wheat bread, lentils, artichokes, broccoli, and green peas.  A balanced diet high in fiber and low in overly processed foods will go a long way toward maintaining a healthy, happy digestive system.

Hydrate

Good hydration is always a plus, but hydration also helps keep your digestive system on track. When a person is even slightly dehydrated, his or her digestive system may slow down, which can lead to constipation. Water is the ideal beverage, but other fluids low in sugar are also a solid choice. We advise that patients monitor their fluid intake each day by setting goals for how much water they will drink when they wake up (a full glass is best), before lunch and around dinner time.

Manage Stress

Your stress level can easily complicate an already unbalanced digestive situation. Not all stress causes stomach issues, but anxiety has been known to lead to digestive problems. Some of these problems include indigestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and constipation. Patients are advised to discuss their symptoms with their gastroenterologist so other conditions can be ruled out, particularly if the issues are persistent and not relieved by at-home remedies.

If you believe that stress may be the source of your digestive issues, your doctor will likely suggest a change in diet and exercise, and may suggest additional stress relief-based exercises. We invite you to learn more about stomach issues caused by anxiety.

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