Need help with your digestive health?
Here are some tips to help keep your digestive flow on track this year: 1 Incorporate healthy bacteria in your diet Factors such as stress, lack of sleep, antibiotics, illness, aging and poor diet choices can often lead to an imbalance of your digestive tract bacteria. Certain probiotics, mostly found in dairy products and some fortified cereals, can help to maintain the balance of “good” bacteria in the digestive tract. Try a daily helping of yogurt with probiotics, such as Activia. 2 Keep the fiber on deck Consistently eating the right amount of fiber can help promote bowel function. High-fiber foods such as fruit, vegetables and whole grains also help you feel full, which can help lower your chance of overeating throughout the day. Keeping a running tab on the fiber you consume can help give you more energy.
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Eat smaller, more frequent meals. Smaller meals are easier on the digestive system. Instead of 2 or 3 large meals, try 4 or 5 smaller meals. Eat more slowly. All too often, we eat in a rush and barely take the time to taste and chew our food. But chewing helps make food easier to digest. Try to chew and savour each bite.
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Digestion Foods: The Best And Worst Foods For Your Digestive System
This is a sign that you might want to cut back on the saturated fat. WORST: Alcohol Alcohol also relaxes the esophageal sphincter, which can then trigger acid reflux, King says. Bechtold adds that it can induce inflammation in the stomach. WORST: Dairy Dairy can induce bloating, Bechtold says, as well as abdominal discomfort, particularly for people who are lactose intolerant.
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