Your digestive system is an incredibly important part of your body. It’s the system that processes all of your foods and converts them into usable energy for your body. It’s important to know how to keep it healthy with a variety of practices.

 

Here are a couple of simple ways to take care of your digestive system

  • Diversify your diet
    • Eat a wide variety of foods. This helps your body learn how to process all of these different foods, and makes it more resistant to anything that it would not be able to process otherwise. It also helps keep the millions of bacteria in your gut healthy, as each of these different species of bacteria often has different nutritional needs. Diversifying your diet can help tend to all of these different nutritional needs and keep your digestive system healthy.
  • Eat high-fiber produce
    • Fiber is often a safe bet when keeping the bacteria in your digestive system healthy. It can help keep hunger and blood sugar in check. This not only improves your overall health but significantly increases your gut health. It also helps food move through your digestive system much easier, keeping your gut much cleaner.
  • Look for polyphenols
    • Polyphenols are a plant compound that doesn’t actually get digested by your body. This doesn’t mean that they’re useless, however, as polyphenols are used as energy by the bacteria living in your digestive system. This helps the bacteria in your gut grow and helps maintain their health. Never heard of polyphenols? They’re found in cocoa, green tea, almonds, dark chocolate, olive oil, and turmeric.

There are plenty of ways to keep your gut healthy, but they’re only effective if you maintain your overall bodily health. If you have more questions about the health of your digestive system or about general health, your primary care physician is always a good place to start.  If you’re looking for a primary care physician in Plano, Irving, or Frisco, call us at 214-666-6259 or schedule an appointment in the contact tab above the post.

Author Jai Sammpath

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