You have long heard that you should be drinking eight glasses of water every day for optimal hydration.
But, do you?
Most people don’t even come close, with the average adult drinking just two glasses a day. As a result, people are ignorantly walking around in a state of dehydration.
But do you know that the practice of drinking enough water in a day goes a long way to impact the health of your digestive system?
There is enough research suggesting that when the digestive system is well-balanced and healthy, it directly impacts the health of other areas of the body. That means a healthy gut somewhat equals a healthy body.
So if you properly take care of your gut, then you can improve your overall well-being.
Here are three simple everyday practices you can cultivate for a healthy digestive system;
Drink eight (8) glasses of water every day.
The effects of dehydration may not be immediately clear, however, it causes undesirable changes inside the body. Even mild levels of dehydration can lead to fatigue, muscle cramps, headache, constipation, and more. When the body is not well-hydrated people are likely to experience symptoms of gastritis and acid reflux.
Furthermore, the body’s need for water is often mistaken as hunger, leading many who are dehydrated to overeat and contributing to weight gain.
Consume a lot of probiotic foods like yoghurt.
The digestive system relies on a healthy amount of good bacteria to digest food properly, absorb nutrients, maintain healthy bowel movements, and support the body’s overall immune system. When the number of these good bacteria decreases many health problems can follow. To prevent this from happening, it is important to consume foods such as yoghurt or fruits and vegetables high in soluble and insoluble fibre.
Also, minimizing sugar and refined carbohydrates and limiting the use of antibiotics will help boost your digestive health.
Consume on average 30 grams of fibre per day.
Fibre helps regulate bowel movements and keep you on track for healthy eating. On average, most people take in roughly 15 grams of fibre each day. Include fruit with breakfast and reach for high fibre options like whole-grain cereal or oatmeal. Throughout the day, focus on including fresh fruits and vegetables like; beans, peas, lentils, and whole grains. Remember that the more processed food is, the lower it is likely to fall on the fibre scale.
In concluding, always remember that it doesn’t take drastic measures to feel healthier fast. Some simple lifestyle hacks can help improve your digestive health and in turn the health of your the entire body.
P.S. If you have questions or concerns regarding your own digestive well-being, contact GIDEC, and request an appointment today. Specialist Healthcare you can trust.