Our digestive system is one of hardest working organ systems in the human body. Here are some things to think about to help it do its best.
Eat your fibre
Proper digestion and absorption of food depends on a healthy gut environment, which we can help foster with a balanced diet. Fibre, found in foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and protein foods like legumes, nuts, and seeds, help support the healthy bacteria in your gut and keep things moving smoothly.
Add some bacteria
Fermented foods contain probiotics (healthy bacteria) which live in our large intestine and help the intestines do what they need to do. Foods that have probiotics make their way to your intestines after you eat them and help support digestive function. Some examples of fermented foods you might already be eating include yogurt, miso, kimchi, and sauerkraut.
What else is going on?
If you are not digesting your best, take a look at the big picture. Other things like stress, changes in routines or meal times, travel, and sleep are easily overlooked and also impact your digestion. If you have ongoing digestive concerns, be sure to talk to your doctor.