There’s a lot out there on digestive system balance and how ‘good gut health’ can improve a person’s overall health. The concept has always made a lot of sense to me but I didn’t know how true it was until it affected me.
In the last few years, I transitioned from working to stay-at-home mom status – having my son and twin girls. Added to that, my sleeping and eating patterns changed dramatically. My digestive system was all out-of-whack and I truly felt terrible. While lack of sleep probably played a role, I knew it also had a lot to do with my digestive health.
I got serious about getting my health and digestive system back on track – and was able to do so by taking some pretty simple steps. And now that it is the winter, it’s even more important that I follow these steps. Being cooped up inside from the cold and snow can easily lead to poor eating habits and wreck havoc on the digestive system.
5 Tips for a Healthy Digestive System
1. Keep Hydrated
Yes, I know, this is basic. However, it can be easy to let proper hydration fall by the wayside. Getting enough water really makes a huge difference in how your digestive system works and how you feel. I make sure that I keep my water bottle filled and with me at all times. I have a goal to drink up and refill, refill, refill throughout the day.
2. Eat Fiber-Rich Foods
Try to stick to natural, whole foods and limit the consumption of unhealthy fats. Some of my favorites – almonds, apples, strawberries, lentils, navy & kidney beans, broccoli and quinoa to name a few!
3. Try Natural Probiotics
This is a biggie. Probiotics are ‘good bacteria’ that are similar to those that are present in the digestive tract. These can help alleviate and prevent many conditions and promote an improved immune system. This can be particularly beneficial in the winter months when germs & illness are abound.
I’ve recently started taking Insync Probiotic, a natural probiotic. With six natural probiotics, Insync features GI Guard, a gradual release that helps probiotics stay alive and doctor recommended, B. infantis.
I easily found Insync Probiotic at my local CVS in the aisle with other products for digestive symptoms, like antacids.
This probiotic supplement is an easy way to help maintain digestive system balance. As for the actual pill size, it’s comfortable to take daily – unlike some of my large vitamin pills, which I do not look forward to taking.
Insync Probiotic has become an important and healthy part of my daily routine. Just like the other things I would never leave my house without, my Insync Probiotic supplement is a crucial step in my morning routine.
4. Regular Exercise
In addition to the obvious reasons why exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, exercise gets your blood flowing, speeds up digestion and gets the muscles in your GI Tract moving. Pretty straightforward benefits.
5. Daily Apple Cider Vinegar
This, like a natural probiotic supplement, is something I swear by. Apple Cider Vinegar has so many benefits. For me, it assists with my digestive health, helping to alleviate indigestion, tummy troubles and helps promote and stimulate proper digestion.
I’ve been taking 1-2 Tbsp before each meal by mixing it with water. The water before meals also helps with overeating. You can also also mix it with hot water and honey to make an apple cider vinegar tea. Another way I fit it into my diet is as a salad dressing. Combine apple cider vinegar with garlic, dijon mustard, EVOO, sea salt and black pepper – makes a great vinaigrette.
Following the above steps and checking out a natural probiotic like, Insync, will help you get on the way to improving your digestive system and overall health.