5 Tips For Keeping Your Digestive System Healthy

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on

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Your digestive system is where it all begins. You won’t produce energy, have a balanced mood, or fight illness if you can’t digest, break down, and absorb nutrients. There are many simple things you can do to keep your digestive system healthy, many of which are completely free. Whether it’s exercise, stress reduction, or even enzyme or probiotic supplementation, all can provide enormous benefit to digestive processes.

5 Tips for Healthy Digestion

Digestion begins in the mouth when you begin to chew. In fact, just the act of chewing thoroughly can take a huge strain off your digestive system by prompting your body to provide enzymes to help digestion. Here are a few other things you can do to promote healthy digestion.

1. Follow a Clean Diet

Bananas contain approximately 15-20 percent of your daily fiber needs. Bananas also contain fructooligosaccharide, which is a natural compound that encourages growth of beneficial bacteria. This bacteria–termed “probiotics”–is responsible for a myriad of activities in your body, including facilitating the appropriate digestion and elimination of food. [1] This goes to show that diet, particularly a natural plant-based diet, is incredibly powerful for keeping your digestive system in check.

Green vegetables will also help keep your digestive system healthy for their high amounts of fiber, relatively low carbohydrate and sugar load, and good amounts of water. Foods like kale, spinach, wheatgrass, and alfalfa are all good choices to integrate into your diet. Broccoli sprouts are unsurpassed in their ability to stimulate enzymes that detoxify the digestive system. [2]

2. Exercise

Another thing you can do to benefit your digestive tract is to do some simple, daily exercises. The colon functions much more effectively when abdominal muscles are strong and consistently in motion. Crunches are an excellent way to strengthen these muscles and to improve your appearance at the same time, but simple walking can keep your digestive system healthy by improving blood flow to the intestines and colon. One study showed that women who walk daily were 31% less likely to develop colon cancer. [3]

3. Try Therapeutic Herbs

There are also herbs that can benefit your digestive tract. Two common varieties include organic cilantro and organic dandelion leaf. Cilantro oil is an enzymatic stimulant. It also helps our intestines secrete digestive acids and juices, and it adds fiber to the digestive process. Some people use cilantro to relieve stomach gas and flatulence. Organic dandelion leaf helps detoxify the digestive tract and help stimulate it when it becomes sluggish. It is one of the best herbs to take for promoting optimal digestive function.

4. Meditate

You can’t discount the connection between your mental health and physical health. Stress is one of the most pervasive killers in our society. And while we can’t control every circumstance that causes stress, we can change the way we respond. When we’re stressed, our body goes into the “fight or flight” mode, switching off our digestion so we can run away or deal with the problem head on. [4] Meditation is an excellent way to relax and reduce stress; and studies show that relaxation is a powerful method for improving digestive health.

5. Take Probiotics and Enzymes

A probiotic such as Latero-Flora™ may be helpful for replenishing your body’s supply of beneficial bacteria which your digestive tract actually needs. If you suffer from digestive issues of any kind, an enzyme supplement like VeganZyme®, which contains no animal products, is designed to help digestive health and the way your body works as a whole.

One Final Thought

If you’re experiencing digestive upset, taking these tips to heart may be the starting off point for getting your health back on track. It’s not what you eat, it’s what you absorb. Even if you eat the best food, its beneficial effects will be muted by poor digestion. Take inventory of your life if you are experiencing a deeper issue, like IBS or gluten intolerance. Make the lifestyle changes necessary to support your digestive health. People who do this commonly experience dramatic shifts in digestion, mood and outlook, energy levels, and thinking.

What are your thoughts on improving digestion? Do you have any tips that work for you? Please share them with us in the comments!

References:

  1. Gage J. Understanding the role of probiotics in supporting digestive comfort. Nurs Stand. 2009 Sep 30-Oct 6;24(4):47-55; quiz 56.
  2. Shapiro TA, Fahey JW, Wade KL, Stephenson KK, Talalay P. Chemoprotective glucosinolates and isothiocyanates of broccoli sprouts: metabolism and excretion in humans. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2001 May;10(5):501-8.
  3. Hannah Arem, Ruth M. Pfeiffer, Eric A. Engels, et al. Pre- and Postdiagnosis Physical Activity, Television Viewing, and Mortality Among Patients with Colorectal Cancer in the National Institutes of Health–AARP Diet and Health Study. Journal of Clinical Oncology. December 8, 2014. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2014.58.1355.
  4. Teresa M Edenfield and Sy Atezaz Saeed. An update on mindfulness meditation as a self-help treatment for anxiety and depression. Psychol Res Behav Manag. 2012; 5: 131-141. doi: 10.2147/PRBM.S34937.

†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

  • wanda griffin

    Is there a benifit of using baking soda and water to help balance ph in your body?

  • Lalith Silva

    Hi Dr. Great Articles by you. Keep it up and carry on. The Mother Nature will protect you.

  • robertjustrobert

    Nice, good info, I’d only add about probiotics & $.many can’t afford these things & they don’t need to.most informed individuals, such as dr.mercola , know fermented foods & or keifer are probably the best probiotics you can take.they’re natural,you can simply make your own super punch,powerfull veggie & herb mix.obtain a sealed perfect gut & feel terrific.these are somewhat new to many health advocates so do your own research and know vs believing.peace/love

  • Gregory Krone

    Thanks Dr. Group.

  • Kerry

    I think lemon water daily helps too! My dad always said “Eat right, sleep right & exercise right!”

  • Phil Kvasnica

    Get wheat and dairy out of production, PERIOD!!! All they do is clog up the digestive system and cause excess mucus. Then when you try supplements, they don’t do anything because that stupid wheat and dairy is stopping your intestine from taking up the nutrients. Prepare your “field” to make sure it’s “fertile” THEN plant the seed! otherwise you won’t get anything!


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