A properly functioning digestive tract is one of the most important aspects of good health. Our digestive tract plays a role in nearly all aspects of a optimally functioning body which is why it is extremely important to take care of it and help prolong its function.
Everything we eat is processed through our digestive tract at some point. All our nutrients from our food makes it’s way into the bloodstream to where it is needed the most after going through out digestive tract first. If we want to get the most out of our food and have it all broken down into available nutrients, we need a fully functioning digestive tract.
- Drink Plenty of Water
Staying hydrated with water is important to help stool move through the colon and shift nutrients around the body. We are constantly in need of water and using it all the time so regular top ups are important. When dehydrated, the colon has to squeeze water out of the digestive tract which could be going to other organs. If there is no water there you may experience hard dry stool and a disruption in bowl movements.
- Reduced processed carbohydrates
In most cases, processed carbohydrates are loaded with sugar or starch and contain little to no fibre and minimal vitamins and minerals. High sugar carbohydrates create inflammation in the gut, irritating it and wearing it out. Sugars feed nasty bacteria and yeast in the gut and can cause imbalances in the gut microbe, making it harder to digest and ferment foods. This can result in poor absorption of nutrients from other foods, resulting in vitamin and mineral deficiencies even though they might be consumed.
- Digestive Enzymes
Our digestive tract starts it’s digestive process by excreting digestive enzymes to start breaking down food. As we age, we start to process fewer digestive enzymes and breaking down food becomes more of a struggle. This process is accelerated through extended periods of poor nutrition and stress resulting in less digestive enzymes and poorly absorbed food. A very easy solution is to find a quality digestive supplement which contains a range of digestive enzymes. We make many types of enzymes for the many types of nutrients we need to break down so when choosing digestive enzymes make sure the supplement covers most foods, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, sugars, dairy. Biosphere Nutrition has developed a Digestive Aid Supplement that combines a digestive enzyme complex, prebiotic fibre and anti-inflammatory gut supporting ingredients.
There are many ways to improve general digestive health but these three easy tips should help you see results quickly without much effort.