While people are often concerned with their cardiac and respiratory health, digestive health is often overlooked. Many things lead to poor function in your digestive tract, a key factor being a lack of proper probiotic digestive enzymes to help break down food and protect gut walls. This can lead to "leaky gut" syndrome, which in turn can lead to inflammation, discomfort and other issues down the line. There are a few steps that can be taken to get your digestive health back on track.
Things You'll Need
- Vitamin and mineral supplements
- Probiotic supplements
Maintain a healthy diet that is low in carbs, fat, foods high in sugar and starches, and increase intake of whole fiber and vitamins A and D. Soups and stocks also will help increase the integrity of the intestinal tract through their anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Take the right supplements. A cod liver oil regimen will restore vitamins and nutrients to the digestive tract while also adding omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation. A good vitamin supplement will also increase overall intestinal health, and a whole food fiber supplement will help remove waste from the digestive tract.
Incorporate a probiotic supplement to help build up good digestive enzymes in your digestive tract. Probiotics are available in several forms, from liquid to powders. Recently several popular lines of yogurt have emerged that contain digestive enzyme supplements and are proven to increase digestive health. These are a simple and effective way to increase your probiotic levels and also maintain a healthy diet.
Avoid common factors that lead to poor digestive health. Poor air quality, highly chlorinated water, and many skin care products and cosmetics will have an effect on digestive health. Showering in heavily chlorinated water can also have an effect on the body, as some of the water will be absorbed by the body. Air quality can be controlled with air filters, and some health food stores sell specially designed cosmetics that will have a minimal impact on body systems.