5 Simple Things You Can Do to Improve Digestive Health
09 Dec 2015 2 Minute Read
Make sure you are getting enough Fibre
Eat whole grains, vegetables and fruit on a daily basis to obtain the fibre you need. Fibre is the edible component of plant based foods that play a vital role in helping keep you regular and also provides a source of food for the good bacteria in our gut. Adults should aim to consume 25 to 30g of fibre per day.
Drink enough fluids
Drink plenty of water, 6 to 8 cups of water are recommended per day. Fluids may sometimes include unflavoured low-fat milk as an alternative to water, which also provides calcium, protein and other nutrients to your day. If you are increasing the fibre in your daily eating plan it is important that you drink enough fluids. Without sufficient water intake, fibre may cause bloating and abdominal pain. More fluids may be required depending on your eating plan and level of physical exercise, so see your health professional should you have any questions.
Be physically active
Sedentary lifestyles and their associated low level of physical activity may decrease gut activity. We all need to aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per day.
Stress is known to affect digestive health, take some time doing the things you enjoy to help create balance in your busy schedule. Yoga, running, spending time with friends, reading a book – do what works for you, we are all different.
Maintain probiotic balance
Probiotics or ‘good’ bacteria occur naturally in our digestive system. But the balance of good vs. bad bacteria is delicate. Many things can affect our balance in day to day life. Whether it’s our diet, exercise plan, or even the use of medications like antibiotics. So having probiotics as a part of a healthy eating will help to keep your balance in check.