Fast Tips for Healthy Digestion (and Why It’s Important)

Do you suffer from poor digestion? We’re here with tips to help you learn how important healthy digestion is for your well-being.

June 26, 2018 | HF Healthy Living Team

Did you know that each year 32.3 million people are diagnosed with diseases of the digestive system? Digestive issues vary widely, from acid reflux to irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance, and much more.

A healthy digestive system is important to avoid common diseases and disorders and maintain an overall healthy body. You need certain proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals, which get to your body through the digestive process. If you don’t digest properly, it’ll be harder for your body to use those nutrients to create energy and repair cells.

With symptoms like gas, constipation, bloating, or diarrhea, you’re likely to notice if you have digestive issues.

How the Digestive System Works

Food and liquid is moved through each part of your digestive system through the gastrointestinal tract (GI). Digestion starts in your mouth when you begin to chew, then goes through your esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, liver, and large intestine.

Food and liquid are broken down into smaller parts throughout digestion, after which your body is able to absorb and move nutrients to where they’re needed for optimal health. Hormones and nerves also help control digestive health.

What Foods Should You Eat?

There are many foods that can assist digestion and many that can make it much worse. Be careful what you eat throughout the day if you have a digestive issue.

  • Eat Real, Whole Foods:

There are many foods you can eat to support healthy digestion, such as a range of superfoods. Everyone is going to be different with what works for them, but trying out something new (that you’re not allergic to) won’t hurt. Make sure you’re eating enough fiber as well.

  • Try Fermented Foods:

Fermented foods (sauerkraut and fermented vegetables are just two examples) can help digestion as well, as they are high in probiotics, which provide good bacteria for the gut. Around 70 to 80 percent of your immune system is in the digestive tract, so it’s important to keep it as healthy as possible.

Quick Tips for Healthy Digestion

How can you keep your digestive system healthy? There are a number of things you can do to ensure you don’t have any issues.

  • Stay Hydrated:

Make sure you’re staying hydrated, and check out some of these surprising dehydration symptoms to learn more. Getting enough water is important for your whole body, and especially for your digestive health.

  • Learn how to De-stress:

Too much stress can cause problems and affect your digestive system. Try a few different ways to de-stress and figure out what works best for you. Also, take a look at what foods might be causing stress.

  • Chew Your Food Well:

Your digestive system will function better if you take the time to enjoy and chew your food well. It’s harder for your body to process large pieces of food, as they often don’t get digested. Make time to eat each meal, and in the interest of better digestion, try not to rush the process.

Ready to change your diet or lifestyle? Try these simple ways to practice self-care today.

 

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“Digestive Diseases,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. May 3, 2017.
https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/digestive-diseases.htm

“Your Digestive System,” The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Accessed May 18, 2018.
https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/digestive-system-how-it-works

“Allergy and the gastrointestinal system,” National Institutes of Health. September 2008.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2515351/

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