By: Scott Prisco
The digestive system is made up of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube from the mouth to the anus. These organs such as the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine rectum, the mouth help the body break down, absorb and dispose of both foods and liquids. The digestive tract also contains muscles that help move the food along.
Foods such as bread, meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, and dairy products are not in a form that the body can use as nourishment. The digestive tract must break these substances into smaller nutrient molecules so they can be absorbed into the bloodstream and carried to the body’s cells.
Cells getting the proper nutrients is critical for every bodily function, making the digestive tract one of the most important organ systems in the body. To help you improve your digestive tract here are 5 ways to improve digestion naturally.
1. Eat Real, Non-Processed Foods
The typical American diet is filled with tons of processed fats, carbs, meats, and dairy products. These foods are hard for the body to digest and have even been linked to various digestive disorders. Furthermore, they don’t contain as many nutrients as real foods, so even when the body eventually breaks them down it’s not getting the proper amount of nutrients.
Opt for fresh meats (see butcher at the grocery store, avoid frozen meats), healthy fats (avocados, peanuts, eggs), complex carbs (oats, potato, quinoa), and non-processed dairy products. These are a lot easier for your digestive system and will provide your body with more nutrients.
2. Eat Adequate Fiber
There are 2 types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Both play their own roles and aid the digestion process. Soluble fiber dissolves in water. It helps your digestive tract absorb nutrients, improve digestion, and lowers blood sugar. Insoluble fiber cannot be mixed in water, it sticks to other materials in your digestive system to form a stool. This helps create more regulated stools, clearing out your system.
Soluble fiber is found in foods like oat bran, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Insoluble fiber is found in vegetables, whole grains, and wheat bran. Studies have linked a high-fiber diet to a reduced risk of digestive conditions.
3. Manage Stress Levels
High stress levels can wreak havoc on your digestive system and cause you to get very sick causing stomach ulcers, diarrhea, bloating, constipation amount other issues. High amounts of stress put your body into a fight or flight response. The body sends blood and energy away from the digestive system slowing things down, stopping them from working properly.
If you are stressed taking natural supplements is a great option. I personally use CBD to lower stress levels. A lot of my clients find it as an effective stress treatment.
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4. Drink Plenty Of Liquids
Water is crucial for digestion as it helps break down food so that your body can absorb the nutrients. It also plays a role in softening stool, which helps prevent constipation and flush unneeded, toxic waste out of the body.
Women should be drinking 9 cups of water a day and men should be drinking 13 cups. Moreover, Studies show drinking 2 cups a water before a meal could speed up digestion and increase your metabolism by up to 45%.
5. Exercise Regularly
Movement is a great way to increase your metabolism and promote digestive health. Studies show moderate exercise, such as cycling and jogging, could increase gut transit time by up to 30%. Furthermore, studies show walking 30 minutes a day could help alleviate chronic constipation and reduce symptoms of inflammatory bowel diseases.