No-body likes that foul feeling of lead weight in your stomach. Maintaining digestive health is an essential part of healthy living. The foods you eat are not in a form that you can use until your body breaks them down into smaller molecules that can be absorbed and carried by your blood to every part of your body where they provide the nourishment and energy you need to stay alive. So how do you boost your digestive health?


MAKE TIME FOR BREAKFAST


Don’t skip the most important meal of the day – you’re doing your digestive system a favour. Breakfast kick starts your metabolism. You can make it more effective by taking a daily probiotic in the morning such as Caruso’s Alive Probiotic Formula, Lifestream Bowel Biotics and NTS Health Probiotic Digest Ease.

 

EAT SLOWLY


Chew your food! You're eating on the run, you're busy, you're stressed, you're late, But you still need to chew instead of bolting your food. Every time you slow down, your digestive system catches up.

 

GET MOVING


Take the stairs, walk to the shops or leave your desk for a stroll around the office. Aerobic exercise is important in preventing heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes, and also boosts digestive health. In the same way the aerobic exercise benefits the circulation in your cardiovascular system, it also benefits the gastrointestinal circulation. Just as being overweight and out of shape can lead to blood vessel disease in other parts of your body, it can also affect the important blood vessels that are needed for digestive health.

 

AVOID PROCESSED FOODS


Look for low HI foods – that is foods with low human intervention. Processed foods are the enemy of digestive health. Anything that can sit on a shelf for six months can stay there. Drink more water too, especially 20 minutes before meal times.

 

CUT DOWN ON BOOZE


Here's a sobering thought: according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), 14% of all deaths caused by digestive system disease are alcohol related.  Cut out or at least cut back on your alcohol intake, and if you do fancy a drink, steer clear of champagne or fizzy drinks – bubbles cause trouble in your belly.

 

TRY PEPPERMINT


Try tummy-calming peppermint. Some peppermint formulations available include Lifestream Biogenic Aloe Mint and Mintec.

 

ENJOY AN EARLY DINNER


Finish food earlier. When dining out, book the first dinner sitting. We should all be done dining three hours before lights out, for sweet dreams and smooth digestion.