The Health Advocate

by Hannah Whittenly, The Health Advocate

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You’re about to walk into a board meeting and you’re doling out the antacids again. Everyone at the office is stressed out and the aroma in the bathroom can vouch. The digestive system is key to helping the body function properly. When digestive issues flare up, they’re hard to ignore; they typically impact life fairly noticeably. Keeping your digestive system healthy helps to avoid inconvenient disruptions and maintains balance throughout the body.

Eating a high fiber diet with a mix of insoluble and soluble fiber helps to keep things moving. Insoluble fiber like that contained in wheat bran, vegetables, and whole grain helps the body to excrete healthy stools. Soluble fiber helps to draw water into the body by way of foods like oat bran, nuts, and seeds.

Avoiding excess fat can help to manage digestion as well. An excessive amount of it slows down digestion and significantly increases odds of becoming constipated. Choosing meats that are lean can help to avoid this phenomenon.

Taking a probiotic supplement like acidophilus or Fortizel can help to counter the effects of a diet without enough nutrition, antibiotic medications, and excessive stress. When the digestive tract is healthy, bacteria manage it and keep it functional. When too many of these bacteria are killed, probiotics help to replenish them in order to maintain digestive health.

Eating on a schedule can help the body to process food most efficiently. Similarly to keeping a child in a familiar routine of activities to mediate mood and expectations, the body does well with structure. Drinking lots of water throughout the day can help to supplement this process.

Cut down on cigarettes, caffeine, and alcohol to help your digestive system regulate. These substances can exacerbate or create new ulcers and heartburn. By eliminating them, the digestive system has the opportunity to balance.

Working out in a way that you enjoy can help the body digest as well. Maintaining a healthy weight keeps the body free of excess stress, both physically and mentally. Exercise can be a fabulous outlet for relieving emotional and psychological tension.

Truly, there is a multitude of different ways to coax the digestive system into balance. Managing stress, exercising, maintaining consistent eating habits, and incorporating fiber into your diet are just a few of the ways that this process can be conveniently manageable. Stick with the fiber and ditch the antacids.

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