There is so much more to having good digestive health than simply putting the right things into your body. While eating a good, balanced diet will do wonders for your gut, it is the baseline that we should be working from, rather than the goal in itself. So, what do you need to do to build and maintain a healthy digestive ecosystem? Well, the good news is that there are only a few extra steps that you need to incorporate to make sure that your gut is working its best.
Eat the Right Food
Yes, I know I just said that eating well isn’t the only thing to consider when it comes to digestive health, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t incredibly important! Ensuring that you are eating a balanced diet which incorporates the appropriate amounts of proteins, fibre, grain and fresh fruit/veg, is essential to ensuring that your body is getting the nutrients it needs to work properly. Without the proper fuel, your body will struggle to process and digest what you put in.
Regular exercise and movement are important when it comes to almost every aspect of your health and that includes the digestive system. Regular gentle to moderate exercise improves circulation and helps to reduce stress – two factors which can have a massive impact on the efficiency of your digestive system. Of course, running a marathon after a heavy lunch isn’t recommended!
Keep to the Clock
Eating at regular intervals and at similar times every day helps to keep your digestion working to a schedule. A good digestive routine helps to avoid your gut being overwhelmed by an influx of food when it is not prepared. You might also find that this does wonders for sticking to a diet or eating plan, as you will reliably find that you are hungry at the same time.
Location, Location, Location
Eating in a comfortable and relaxing environment can do much more than just reduce your stress levels, it can also help take some of the pressure off of your gut. When you mentally relax, you will find that you often physically relax as well and relaxation is key to allowing your gut to focus on the work it needs to do, rather than dealing with all your stress!
Get Yourself Checked
It is impossible to know or judge your digestive health properly without regular check-ups. There are a wide variety of conditions that can take their toll on your digestive system, many sufferers of which go entirely undiagnosed. Regular visits to your GP and participation in screening programs can ensure that you’re never caught off guard.
If you do have a condition which affects the gut or bowels, it does not mean the end for good digestive health. Treatment and support programs, like those offered at OneWelbeck Digestive Health, can help you to get back on track and manage the impact of your condition effectively. So, there we have it. If you work all of these elements into your diet and lifestyle, you should have no problem maintaining a healthy and efficient digestive system.