5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Digestion

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4. Improve Digestion With Fiber

Once problem foods have been cut from the diet, the gut has been repopulated with healthy bacteria and digestive aids have been introduced, it is important to focus on the elimination part of the digestive process. Most people are constipated but aren’t aware of it. A person with optimal digestive health should have 2-4 bowel movements per day. Stool should be firm, formed and bulky.

If this doesn’t sound familiar, it is important to add more fiber to the diet. Dark, leafy green vegetables such as turnip, mustard and collard greens are excellent sources of fiber. Other foods like oat bran, beans, sweet peas and dark berries are also good sources of necessary fiber.

Those who need a little extra help might benefit from a fiber supplement such as psyllium whole husks mixed in water after meals. This will help bulk up the stool, flush out toxins and prevent constipation and diarrhea.

Be sure to drink plenty of water to keep the fiber moving and prevent further constipation. A good rule of thumb is to drink enough water so urine is a light-colored yellow.