Making Its Way Through the Body: Learn How to Aid Your Digestive System
Digestion is the process in which your body breaks down the nutrients from the foods you eat so that the good nutrients can be absorbed and the bad discarded. This isn’t always an easy process, though, and sometimes you might find yourself feeling bloated or with an upset stomach after eating.
If I’m Feeling Bloated, What Can I Do?
There are many ways for you to aid your digestive system. Some of them have to do with eating certain foods, others have to do with lifestyle choices. One important aspect of digestion actually has to do with something you may not think much about and that is how you chew your food. Thorough chewing breaks down food in a way that begins the process of fat digestion and alerts your stomach to start producing stomach acid. When you don’t chew your food completely, the pieces you swallow are too big and therefore, complete digestion will not occur because nutrients will get left behind and bacterial overgrowth will occur in the colon causing indigestion and gas.
Which Foods Are Best for My Digestive System?
There are many food you can eat to help you aid your body in digestion. Some of the best foods to help your digestive system
- Whole grains
- Yogurt: one of the greatest sources of probiotics (good bacteria), this food can help you keep a healthy balance in your system.
- Lean meats and fish
- Bananas: a great source of fiber, these fruits can help restore electrolytes, normal bowel movements and potassium.
It is recommended that you avoid the following foods so you don’t hinder your digestive tract:
- Processed or red meat
- Hydrogenated oils
Other things you can do to aid your digestive tract include staying hydrated, exercising
at least 30 minutes a day and limiting your sodium intake. On a personal note, a great probiotics source is called Kefir
. It’s like a yogurt drink. Have you ever tried it?