Digestive Health & You
Your digestive system is always at work breaking down the food you eat into the nutrients your body needs, but you may only become aware of this intricate system when you feel discomfort. You realize then how important your digestive health is to your wellbeing. To avoid digestive discomfort, it is important to look for healthy foods to eat. A well-balanced diet should include fiber and, for those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance, avoidance of gluten. Your digestive tract houses 70% of your immune system, so keeping your gut healthy is a great way to keep you healthy.
Here are some healthy foods to eat that will help improve digestive health:
High Fiber Cereal
Fiber is an essential nutrient for digestive health, and one of the best healthy foods to eat. Even though your body does not digest it, dietary fiber acts as a cleanser to keep your intestinal system running smoothly. Adding more fiber to your diet will likely help you lose weight, lower your cholesterol, and improve your overall health.
Gluten Free Foods
Gluten is a type of protein found in some grains such as wheat, barley, and rye. It is important to know whether your digestive system can tolerate gluten. Be sure to check with your doctor if you think eating gluten is making you feel bad. Gluten sensitivity is a serious digestive health condition that affects 1 out of every 133. It can be controlled by eating gluten free foods like Erewhon certified gluten free cereals and attune certified gluten free chocolate probiotic bars as part of a healthy, delicious, gluten free diet. For more information about celiac disease or gluten intolerance, or for suggestions on healthy foods to eat, visit the Celiac Disease Foundation or GIG.
Life happens: stress, poor diet and digestive distress. Additionally, if you are living with food allergies, avoiding problem foods may still not help you feel your best. It could be that the ecosystem of good bacteria in your gut is out of whack. The addition of probiotics (bacteria known to have a health benefit) might be the solution as they repopulate the gut with good bacteria and improve digestive health.