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Tips for Better Digestion

Digestion is the process by which our food is broken down so that it can be absorbed into the bloodstream and carried to cells throughout the body to provide nourishment and energy. If your digestive system is not functioning at its best, this may lead to the suppression of immune function along with a number of other functions within the body. Improving digestion is one of the most important steps you can take in improving your health.

Integrate these tips into your day-to-day activity to help improve your digestive function.

Stay Hydrated.  Drinking enough water keeps your intestines smooth and flexible and helps keep the food you eat moving through your intestines.

Get Your Magnesium.  Magnesium helps increase water levels in your intestines and relaxes the muscles which muscles?. This aids in reducing constipation.

Take Pre and Probiotics.  Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrates that act as food for probiotics, the “good” bacteria in your digestive tract, helping them grow and remain in your digestive system. Probiotics have been found to play a positive role in digestion, nutrient absorption, immune function, weight loss, detoxification and prevention of urinary tract infections.

Increase Fiber Intake.  Eating fiber-rich foods helps move the contents of the large intestine along more quickly and helps to soften the stool by absorbing water.

Get Moving.  The sedentary modern lifestyle puts a kink in the digestive process and makes normal digestion more difficult.Regular exercise helps keep foods moving through your digestive system, reducing constipation and helping you maintain a healthy weight.

Reduce Stress.  Stress can cause your digestive system to shut down due to the “flight or fight” response. This increases the incidence of constipation. Stress can also lead to increased heart burn

Take Your Time.  Eat in a relaxed environment and focus on eating. Slow down and focus on chewing your food. Notice the flavours of each bite and be mindful of what and how much you are consuming. Slowing down allows your body to register when you have eaten all that you need and helps to avoid overeating.

Remove Food Sensitivities.  Conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Crohn’s disease have been linked to IgG food reactions. Research has shown that elimination of IgG reactive foods can alleviate IBS symptoms.

Talk to your healthcare professional about other lifestyle changes and testing options available to you to help prevent and alleviate your digestive issues.