Helpful habits in maintaining proper Digestive ( How-Fiber-Helps-Ease…
Helpful habits in maintaining proper
Eat a high-fiber diet.
According to Maria Adams, RD, MPH, a nutrition consultant in Marblehead, Massachusetts, consuming a diet that's high in fiber and rich in whole grains, vegetables, legumes, and fruits can improve your digestive health.
Get both insoluble and soluble fiber.
It's important to consume both types of fiber, since they 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," says Adams.
Limit foods that are high in fat.
"In general, fatty foods tend to slow down the digestive process, making you more prone to constipation," says Adams.
Incorporate probiotics into your diet.
Probiotics are the same kind of healthy bacteria naturally present in your digestive tract.
Eat on schedule.
Adams says that consuming your meals and snacks on a regular schedule can help keep your digestive system in top shape.
Choose lean meats.
Protein is an essential part of a healthful diet, but fatty cuts of meat can lead to uncomfortable digestion.
Skip the bad habits: smoking, excessive caffeine, and alcohol.
Liquor, coffee, and cigarettes can interfere with the functioning of your digestive system, and lead to problems like stomach ulcers and heartburn.
Drinking plenty of water is good for your digestive health, according to Adams.
"Regular exercise helps keep foods moving through your digestive system, reducing constipation," says Adams. Exercise can also help you maintain a healthy weight, which is good for your digestive health.
Too much stress or anxiety can cause your digestive system to go into overdrive, according to Adams. Find stress-reducing activities that you enjoy and practice them on a regular basis.