The Key to Good Digestive Health

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When your digestive tract isn’t working properly, it can make your whole body feel off.

Luckily, there are a few easy steps to get your system back on track, and help prevent disease, like colon cancer.

First, you’ll need to get moving.

“Any type of exercise will help and will be beneficial to your colon health over time. Being sedentary, really does slow your colon,” said Dr. Thomas J Sferra, University Hospitals.

Next, focus on how you eat.

Eat slowly, don’t overeat, and try multiple smaller meals.

It’s also important to make sure you are getting enough fiber.

“The best way to add fiber is through your diet and not through supplements. Fruits and vegetables, we all know that. Focus in on beans. The other things are whole grains,” said Dr. Sferra.

Add fiber slowly to avoid gas and discomfort.

Dr. Sferra also recommends including probiotics in your diet.

“These bacteria play an important role in our overall health and especially in our immune system. One easy way to add probiotics into your diet is to have to consume yogurt with live cultures,” said Dr. Sferra.

Another key to digestive system health is to stay hydrated.

“We expect adults should drink eight, eight ounce glasses of water a day. And it’s easy to remember by the eight times eight rule,” said Dr. Sferra.
 

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