While gas, bloating and diarrhea are the cause of much friendly ribbing, in reality they are a widespread problem with more than 20 million Canadians suffering from digestive disorders every year. Here are 5 ways you can start making changes to help improve your digestive health today:
Maintain a healthy diet
Including more fibre-rich foods in your diet, such as whole grain products, vegetables and fruit, can help regulate bowel movements and speed up the passage of waste through the colon. Avoid dairy products such as milk, yogurt and soft cheeses if you have difficultly digesting them.
Exercise keeps your digestive system running smoothly by stimulating natural contractions of your digestive muscles, which in turn keep food moving through your system. Aim for 20 to 30 minutes everyday of aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking, jogging and swimming.
Watch your fluid intake
Aim to drink 8 to 10 cups of water every day. Water supports the process of digestion by helping to break down food and move it through your intestinal tract. This also helps to alleviate constipation.
Stress can wreak havoc with your stomach and digestive processes. There are many different ways to calm your nerves and manage your stress levels. Try meditation, deep breathing, yoga, writing in a journal, calling a friend, or simply going for a walk to get some fresh air.
Include probiotics in your routine
Probiotics are “good” bacteria that keep your digestive system healthy, but they can be depleted by factors such as antibiotic use, stress and an unbalanced diet. Adding a Jamieson Digestive Care Daily Relief probiotic supplement into your routine can help provide a steady, therapeutic stream of healthy bacteria to restore digestive balance.
Jamieson’s Digestive Care Daily Relief helps to naturally relieve and manage gas, bloating and abdominal discomfort with ProbiDigestis, a probiotic strain proven to help relieve symptoms commonly associated with IBS more than any other strain of probiotic, in one easy-to-take capsule each day.