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   Mar 05

Natural ways to keep your digestive system in line

The digestive system tends to suffer the most from the highly processed foods that are commonly eaten today, but there are ways of keeping your digestive system healthy and strong with some natural solutions. These solutions involve both eating the right food and learning how
to properly eat to help your stomach and intestines. If you are experiencing any digestive issues, then these are the best solutions to permanently fix most problems.

More Chewing
Most people don’t chew their food enough for proper digestion. Chewing more will makes it easier to digest food because the enzymes in your mouth will have more time to break down the food, and the smaller pieces will quickly dissolve in your digestive acids.

You should chew about 30 to 50 times per mouthful. This will be hard at first because you are used to chewing about 10 to 20 times before swallowing. Prepare to do this for about a week or two before it feels natural.

Proper Hydration
Hydrating your body has many benefits that affect most of your major organs. Drinking enough water ensures that your stool can absorb the fluid and easily pass out of your body during a bowel movement. Not having enough water often leads to constipation and inflammation of the
stomach lining.

Most people need about 64 ounces of water a day. If you do a lot of sweating, then you might need more.

Eat More Fiber
Fiber is very important for proper digestion, but most people eat less than half of what they need per day. Most processed foods don’t have much fiber, but you can get more by eating fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains. You need about 30 to 40 grams of fiber everyday for proper digestion.

This might be hard at first because fiber takes more energy to digest than simple carbohydrates. Eating too much fiber tends to cause gas pains and other problems. You can alleviate this by introducing just one or two new high-fiber foods a day until you reach your goal of 30 to 40 grams.

Stop Eating Allergens
More than 50 percent of IBS patients have a food allergy. The most common allergies are to milk and grains, but peanuts are a close third. If you have any food allergies, then you should eliminate the food from your diet. While there are some products that can help with milk and other allergies, it’s still in your best interest to completely eliminate any foods that you are
allergic to.

These products allow your body to digest the offending allergen, but it’s still very hard on your body. Eliminating the allergen will reduce any inflammation that your body is experiencing.

Helpful Bacteria
Good bacteria are great for promoting proper digestion. Bacteria like bifidobacterium bifidum and lactobacillus acidophilus can help eliminate digestive problems like IBS and diarrhea, and they help your body absorb nutrients from the food that you ingest.

Yogurt is probably the most recognized source of good bacteria, but you can also find them in many fermented foods like kimchi and kefir. Just make sure that the label says that there are live and active cultures in the product. If this message isn’t present, then you aren’t getting the bacteria.

Increase Healthy Fats
Most people think that fat is bad for digestion, but this isn’t true. There are many healthy fats that help your intestines, brain, heart and other organs. You can find these fats mostly in nuts and fish.

Lemon Water
Lemon is very beneficial for digestion due to its alkalizing effects. While a lemon has citric acid,
it acts very differently in the body than oranges and limes. Instead of increasing the amount of acid within the body, lemons actually reduce it. They also help increase electrolytes and remove toxins from the digestive system.

The best way to reap these benefits is to add a slice of lemon to each glass of water that you drink. Don’t add any sugar because this will reverse the benefits.

Conclusion
While there are many people suffering with digestive problems, the good news is that you can reverse most of these issues by practicing the tips and methods mentioned above. These should help remove or reduce any problems that you are currently facing with your digestive system.

Author Bio
Katelyn Roberts works with Trishia Laucklier who is a mental and physical nutritionist who is helping men and women alike gain confidence and pride with natural anxiety remedies and natural stress relieving solutions for NativeRemedies.com’s natural remedies.

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