If you’re experiencing symptoms like heartburn or an upset stomach more frequently than you’d like, it might be time to re-evaluate what and how you eat. This is especially important if your symptoms interfere with daily activities and work.
Chances are you’re having problems with your digestion, and while your next stop should be your doctor’s office, if your symptoms are severe enough, there are simple remedies that could help you improve your digestion as part of your lifestyle.
Get some fruit
Fruits are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and many contain fiber, all of which are very beneficial to the digestion processes. Some fruits can facilitate bowel movements, while others can prevent heartburn. Steer clear of processed fruit products and head over to the farmers market for organic seasonal choices. From oranges to apples, bananas to pineapples, strawberries, papaya, and so much more, incorporate more of them into your diet.
Eat real food
The western diet is synonymous with processed carbs, saturated fat, and other food additives like coloring, sweeteners, trans fats, etc. which all harm the digestive system. Regularly ingesting foods high in additives can wreak havoc on your body, your looks, and your digestive system. Throw out the processed options and eat whole foods. You may want to cook your food yourself as well to monitor the intake of fresh and organic ingredients.
It’s no secret that fibrous foods aid digestion. Foods like oats, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and whole wheat can significantly reduce the risk of digestive conditions like ulcers, hemorrhoids, IBS, and acid reflux. You should always have fiber-rich ingredients in every meal.
Constipation isn’t flattering, and it usually stems from low fluid intake. To increase your water intake, you may want to drink more non-caffeinated beverages or eat fruits and vegetables with high water content like cucumber, orange, and watermelon.
Improving your digestion not only prevents digestive problems, but it can also boost the immune system, amongst other things. Take care of your gut to improve your lifestyle overall.