Regulate Digestion with Enzymes and a Healthy Lifestyle
There are natural solutions that can help to regulate your digestion. Every single day more than 70 million Americans suffer from digestive problems with symptoms that range from uncomfortable and embarrassing to life-threatening. Common digestive complaints include gas, bloating, constipation, nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Statistics show that digestive upsets result in more time lost from work and school than any other health problem.
Many people automatically reach for over-the-counter or prescription medications to relieve their gastrointestinal problems. While some of these products may temporarily ease the symptoms, many of them have unpleasant or sometimes dangerous side effects. When the underlying causes of digestive problems are not addressed they can escalate into chronic illnesses or serious diseases such as diverticulitis or cancer.
The digestive process is complex and it can be negatively impacted by both internal and external factors. Stress, poor dietary habits and toxins in the environment and in the foods we eat can contribute to digestive upsets. One of the most important things you can do to regulate digestion is to eat a low-fat, high fiber diet that includes probiotic foods. Insoluble fiber is particularly important because it promotes regular bowel movements which remove waste through the colon. Green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits and vegetables, beans and whole grains are good sources of insoluble fiber.
Probiotic foods also have important roles to play in the digestive process because they break food down into nutrients that can be used by the body. Foods such as raw fruits and vegetables contain essential enzymes, but most of us don’t eat the amounts we need to maintain digestive health. It becomes even more difficult as we get older because our bodies produce fewer digestive enzymes. That is why millions of Americans take supplemental enzymes to help regulate their digestive systems.
Probiotic foods also have important roles to play in the digestive process because they healthy bacteria in these foods help to create an efficient digestive system. Foods such as yogurt and soft cheeses contain probiotics, but most of us don’t eat the amounts we need to maintain digestive health. It becomes even more difficult as we get older because our bodies digestive systems typically do not work as well as they used to. That is why millions of Americans take supplemental probiotics to help regulate their digestive systems.
While supplements can strongly support good digestion, it is also important to adapt a “gut-friendly” lifestyle that includes good nutrition, adequate rest, regular exercise and stress management. Talk to your holistic practitioner about your specific needs and consider taking supplemental probiotics to keep your digestive system functioning at optimal levels.