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Healthy tips (Digestive Health)

Healthy tips (Digestive Health)

1. Eat Plenty of Fibre

Fibre helps to keep your digestive system moving, so it is important to include plenty of it in your diet. High fibre foods include whole grains, fruit, vegetables, and breakfast cereals.

2. Avoid Problem Foods

Cut back on fatty, greasy foods that are hard to digest. Avoiding spice, acidic foods or lactose can also help if these trigger your symptoms.

3. Have a Yoghurt

Yoghurt can help to keep the good bacteria in your gut healthy. Some yoghurts are labelled as probiotic because they have been specially designed to enhance these benefits.

4. Stick to Your Meal Times

Try to sit down for your meals at the same time each day and avoid snacking too much in between. Eating at regular intervals will help your digestive system to be more regular too.

5. Drink Plenty of Water

Staying hydrated is important for your health, including the health of your digestive system. The water in tea, coffee, fruit juices and other drinks still counts, just make sure you are getting enough and avoid fizzy drinks which can cause bloating. You should also limit caffeine and alcohol, which can trigger symptoms like indigestion.

6. Don’t Smoke

Smoking can affect your digestive system as well as your lungs, so quitting could be a good idea if you are experiencing problems with your digestion. You can get help and advice from your GP if you want to give up smoking.

7. Get Regular Exercise

Keeping active can help food to move through your digestive system. Most adults should get 150 minutes of exercise a week, but you may need to work up to this gradually. Ask your doctor for advice if you want to start exercising safely.

8. Tackle Your Stress Levels

Stress and anxiety can make digestive symptoms worse. Speaking to someone about your worries, doing some yoga, having acupuncture, using mindfulness techniques, taking a long bath, or finding a hobby that helps you to unwind could improve your condition.

9. Seek Expert Advice

If you are concerned about your digestion, you can see a gastroenterologist or talk to a dietician to get personalised advice on improving your digestive health.