Life gets busy when you juggle the needs of your family or if you are working your way up the corporate ladder – or both! But no matter how busy life gets, it is important to do what you can to maintain your health and fitness levels so that you can meet life head on and tackle your to-do lists. Keeping your digestive system healthy and in balance will give you the energy to focus on your responsibilities and goals.
There are five simple ways you can help keep your digestive system healthy every day.
Fit in Some Fitness!
Getting and keeping your body moving each and every day is one of the easiest ways to improve your overall digestion. Any kind of cardiovascular exercise that gets your heart pumping and raises your resting heart rate will help to improve your digestive health. As your heart is pumping more blood to your muscles to deliver crucial oxygen, it’s also delivering oxygen to all the smooth muscle tissue in your digestive system which helps keep that part of your body active and moving, too. If you can’t find time for hard core cardiovascular fitness, start small by adding short, brisk walks to your everyday routine.
There’s no doubt that water is the elixir of life. Our bodies are made up mostly of water and need water for all of the important physical processes that our different systems manage every day. Take a look at your beverage consumption during a typical day and see how much water you’re already consuming and what other types of beverages you’re consuming. Ditching over-caffeinated or sugary drinks and choosing water instead will help loosen up your digestive system.
Adding bulk isn’t just for muscle-bound gym rats. We’re talking about the kind of bulk that deals with nutrition like fiber-rich foods, such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Take a look at the labels of your favorite foods and check the nutrition content to check the fiber content of those foods as well. Adding more fiber to your diet will help maintain a healthy digestive system and can also have the added benefit of making you feel full sooner and longer – which could also lead to weight loss. Adding fiber can be as simple as eating an extra piece of fruit at breakfast or lunch.
Eat Like a Pro!
Probiotics, that is. If you love yogurt, this one can be an easy add to keep improving your digestion. Our digestive systems need healthy and helpful bacteria to help break down some of the foods we eat. Those healthy bacteria – probiotics – are found naturally in foods like yogurt with active cultures. Not a yogurt fan? Probiotics are also available as over-the-counter supplements. It’s also important to keep your immune system in tip top shape. Sometimes your body needs a little extra boost on top of the healthy food you are eating. Cold-Fix is a great preventative cold and flu remedy that works with your body’s own immune system so your immune system is functioning at its highest and best capacity which in turn makes for a healthier digestive system.
Stress and lack of proper rest can cause digestive problems. When our bodies are physically exhausted or our minds are whirling with worries, all of the systems in our bodies are impacted and the digestive system can be particularly sensitive to stress and exhaustion. If you anticipate changes to your regular routine such as travel by car or plane, be sure to carve out time to move, rest, and relax so that your digestive system can move, rest, and relax, too.
If it might seem challenging or overwhelming to try to make all of these five changes, start small. Pick one change and work on it for a week, then try another change, and then another. As your digestive health improves, you’ll feel better and more energetic, a win-win for you and for all the people that depend on you every day.