Digestive health is extremely important to help maintain our bodies overall health. There are plenty of food and drink products that promise improved digestive health in a matter of weeks and often cost a fortune! Here are 2 simple ways to naturally improve your digestive health.
Research has shown that increasing our intake of healthy fats, not only helps us feel more satisfied after a meal but additionally omega-3 fatty acids may decrease your risk of developing inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis.
Sources of omega-3 include oily fish (Salmon, Mackerel, Trout, Herring, sardines) Chia Seeds, Flaxseeds and Walnuts. Adequate fat intake also improves absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A,D,E and K.
This may sound strange to some but being mindful of what we eat and how we eat can have a significant effect on our digestive health. Eating too quickly results in you not paying attention to your food, this can lead to bloating, indigestion and gas. Research has shown that individuals who suffer with IBS and ulcerative colitis have reduced symptoms when increasing mindful eating.
Mindful eating includes
– Eating slowly
– Eating away from TV, laptop and phone screen
– Chew your food
– Take notice of how your food looks, tastes and smells.
There is so much research and information around digestive health that people often get confused about how to improve it, or if they even need to improve it. This topic is extremely personal and there is no one set of advice for all. Therefore if you have any concerns around your digestive health please book an appointment.
Phoebe Wharton ANutr