NEWSLETTER - April 2018
Original article by Vanessa McEwan, Dietician
Your digestive health is directly impacted by the foods you eat and the lifestyle you live. By taking steps to improve your digestive health, you’ll help your digestive system to function more efficiently, improving your overall health and sense of well-being.
Try these tips for better digestive health:
- Eat less refined sugar. Among the many issues caused by refined sugar i.e. (inflammation, weight gain, hormonal imbalance…), it also promotes the growth of “bad” bacteria and upset gut flora balance.
- Take a quality probiotic. Probiotics are the same kind of healthy bacteria naturally present in your digestive tract. They combat the effects of antibiotics, enhance nutrient absorption and strengthen the immune system.
When choosing a probiotic, look for these qualities:
- Probiotic supplements should contain 5-10 billion CFUs (colony forming units).
- Encapsulated pills are better than liquids because they help the bacteria survive the acidic stomach.
- Multiple strains of bacteria (different strains offer different benefits).
- Eat a high-fibre diet. Include whole grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes. High fibre foods keep your digestive tract regular, making you less likely to get constipated. They can also help prevent digestive conditions such as diverticulosis, hemorrhoids and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). In addition, it can help you achieve or maintain a healthy weight.
- Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is good for your digestive health. Fibre pulls water into the colon to create softer, bulkier stools, allowing them to pass through more easily.
- Limit foods that are high in fat. In general, fatty foods slow down the digestive process but it is important to eat the correct type and amount of fat in your diet to supply the body of EFA (Essential Fatty acids).
- Exercise regularly. Regular exercise helps keep foods moving through your digestive system and helps you maintain a healthy weight.
- Eat regularly. Make time to eat. Aim to sit down for your meals and snacks and NOT to eat on the GO. By eating the correct foods and portion sizes regularly you will experience less hunger pains and cravings. Your metabolism will improve and you will maintain a healthy weight and digestive system.
What you eat and the quality of your digestive health are intertwined. Following these strategies will help make sure it’s a HAPPY relationship!