5 Ways To Have A Healthier Gut

Everyone experiences some occasional discomfort or digestive complaint when eating. These can include: gas, bloating, heartburn and upset stomach.  Many people who have these symptoms regularly believe that it’s normal, and something that you just deal with.   Yet, did you know that there are many ways to help improve the health of your digestive tract?  And that there are also many factors that can influence your digestive health.

There are many causes to having digestive issues and these can include:

  • Poor dietary choices (processed and packaged foods)
  • Over eating
  • Their age
  • Eating too fast
  • Drinking carbonated beverages
  • Lack of exercise
  • Eating overly cooked food (not eating raw fruits and vegetable)

The symptoms of an unhealthier gut can include:

  • Gas and bloating
  • Increased allergies or sensitivities to certain foods
  • Heartburn
  • Increase inflammation
  • Indigestion
  • Low energy
  • Poor nutrient absorption

There are several ways that we can improve our digestive system and keep it working optimally.  These healthy choices will help decrease the symptoms and allow you to enjoy eating again. 

Ways to Improve the Digestive System include:

  • Increase Fibre Intake
  • Include Essential Fatty Acids in your diet
  • Start taking Probiotics
  • Include Enzyme supplements
  • Lifestyle choices

Fibre

The amount of fibre the adult body needs is about 30-40 grams per day.  Intake of fibre is important for good health it also does the following:

  • Improves bowel movements
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Stabilizes blood sugar
  • Improves vitamin and mineral absorption
  • Helps eliminate toxins in the body
  • Tones and strengthens the bowels

Essential Fatty Acids

The body does not produce EFA’s on its own therefore we must come from food.  EFA’s play an important role in the body these include:

  • Lubricates the colon
  • Healthy skin and nails
  • Hormone production
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Improves heart health
  • Helps in brain function

The sources of Essential Fatty Acids are:

  • Cold water fish
  • Organic flax seeds
  • Borage seeds
  • Nuts and seeds

Probiotics

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that the body needs.  Micro-organisms live in the intestine which contains more than a thousand species of bacteria.  The ratio of good versus bad bacteria must remain in balance, when an imbalance happens you can experience:  gas, bloating, and constipation. 

Probiotics help:

  • Support the immune system
  • Help in the digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates
  • Promote regular bowel movements
  • Help in the absorption of vitamins and minerals
  • Control overgrowth of bad bacteria and fungus

Enzymes

Digestive enzymes are an important part of the digestion process and are needed for the proper breakdown and utilization of nutrients in food.  Enzymes help

  • Digest foods
  • Breakdown fats, carbohydrates and proteins
  • Deliver nutrients to the body
  • Support liver and kidney function
  • Balance cholesterol
  • Strengthen the immune system

Lifestyle plays an active role in helping with the digestive process.   It is important to realize that practicing some healthy traits while eating can help, these include:

  • Don’t eat too fast, slow down and chew your food
  • Do not drink while eating
  • Eat a well- balanced diet
  • Avoid excess caffeine
  • Limit processed foods
  • Limit sugar and alcohol intake
  • Exercise