Digestive Health Is Key: Here’s How You Help Your Gut

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You know what they say: You are what you eat!

Digestive problems often stem from poor diet, and stomach disorders can be exacerbated by choosing the wrong foods. If you’re looking for the best easy-to-digest foods for your overall digestive system health, you’ve come to the right place.

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Probiotics Can Be Your Friend

Many people swear by probiotics, like those found in yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir. Probiotics are any nutrients or materials that could encourage gut flora growth.

There’s some evidence that probiotics can help keep your intestines in tip-top shape, helping you to more thoroughly absorb the nutrients from your foods and strengthening the overall immune system.

It’s not hard to squeeze probiotics into your diet, either; most of the foods you find the gut-flora encouraging materials in are already delicious!

Keep Your Diet High in Fiber

In order to keep your BMs coming at a regular pace, you should take care to get enough fiber in your diet. This will keep you regular while also helping to keep your intestines cleaned out and ready to intake nutrients from your food.

Whole grains, legumes and fresh veggies are all great sources of fiber you should try to fit into your diet. If you have certain stomach disorders, a high-fiber diet can even help to address that. Conditions like IBS, hemorrhoids and diverticulitis could be relieved slightly by eating a diet that’s high in fiber.

Keep the Meats Lean

You’d be hard-pressed to find something worse for your digestive system than red meat. A nice, big steak dinner sounds great until your stomach is finding it hard to even digest the food you just ate.

If you intend to incorporate meat into your diet, it’s recommended you stick with leaner cuts, like chicken or fish, that your body will find easier to digest and gain nutrients from.

Reese Allen
Reese Allen knows firsthand how important it is to take care of your health. A severe car accident in college left Reese with more than a year of physical therapy as he relearned to walk. Now, Reese runs at least one 10K a month and is training for his first marathon. Never miss an update from Healthy Tip Daily—be sure to allow notifications and get the latest tips on living your best, healthiest life.