Posted on 12 Oct 2012
Alternative Medicine

How To Improve Your Digestion With 3 Simple Steps You Can Take Today

If you’re interested in maximizing your chances of living a long, vibrant, healthy life, then you’ll need to implement steps to improve your digestion immediately.

Digestive health is responsible for our overall health to a significant degree because of the huge role good digestion plays in boosting our body’s immune system. Our immune system, of course, is responsible for attacking such undesirable things as bacteria, germs and viruses that can make us sick.

Sometimes, however, some of these things that we normally think of as undesirable can be desirable if we get the right kind. For example, bacteria, which we normally think of as something yucky can be very beneficial for our digestive health.

And that’s why I want to discuss 3 simple steps you can take today to improve your digestion.

Digestive Enzymes

There are certain enzymes that have been shown to be vital in boosting our digestive function. Look for lipase, amylase, bromelain and papain. These can be found naturally in certain foods but also quality supplements. For example, bromelain is naturally present in pineapple, a very healthy fruit that you should begin adding to your diet, but some digestive health supplements will include this enzyme in its product as well.

Exercise

OK, you know by now how important exercise is in so many facets of your health. Put good digestion on that list as well. You don’t have to grunt and sweat for hours each day, either. Even just a bit of gentle exercise daily can help markedly improve your digestion. My recommendation here is to try and take a leisurely stroll after you eat dinner. The last thing you want to do is sit down or lie down, like most people do, so that the food has difficulty being digested. Even just a short, slow paced walk will help a great deal. Believe me, you’ll feel the benefits.

Probiotics and Prebiotics

Here we come to the biggest category of foods and supplements that are made especially for digestive health. Probiotics are those beneficial bacteria we alluded to above. Think kefir. Think yogurt. Think kimchi, a korean fermented cabbage. Think sauerkraut. Including some raw apple cider vinegar in your diet, just dabbled on top of your salads is good, too. These beneficial bacteria can have pretty crazy sounding names: for example, bacillus coagulans or S. Boulardii. A rich probiotic product can literally contain billions of these beneficial bacteria in only one or two servings.

Although many of us have heard of probiotics, most of us have no idea what prebiotics are. First, let’s draw an important distinction. Probiotics are not naturally occurring in foods. For example, yogurt and all of the fermented foods listed above are not found in nature by themselves. They are man-made foods.

Prebiotics, however, occur naturally. They also inhibit the growth of undesirable bacteria while promoting the good bacteria our gut needs for optimal digestive health.

Examples of beneficial prebiotics include: barley, raw onions, oats, raw honey, and kiwifruit to name just a few. Consuming more of these can improve your digestion along with all the other myriad health benefits that are associated with that: better immune system function, decreased inflammation, balanced bowel PH, maintaining a healthy weight, and much more.

Now that you’re armed with this knowledge, you can begin to implement some simple steps that will go a long way toward improving your overall health. Visit my web site to learn even more fascinating facts about your body’s digestion and what you can do to optimize it.

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