Our bodies are made up of more than 60% of water, so it’s essential to our survival and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. When suffering from digestive health you need to stay hydrated by drinking at least 2 litres per day (8 cups).
If you are experiencing diarrhea it is vital that you stay hydrated you could try mixing a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of sugar to replace the electrolytes.
When experiencing constipation is just as important to stay hydrated in order to put water into the bowel. You could try a raspberry slushy, as raspberries hold water in the bowel.
Go Gluten Free
Gluten has been proven to irritate the bowel and it’s harsh on the overall digestive system. This is very true for IBS suffers. Try a gluten free diet for a couple of weeks to see if your symptoms improve. I’m now gluten free and my bowel movements have improved greatly; No more bloating or pain!
Dairy can also affect the digestive system, I recommend replacing milk with an alternative. This is also one of the most overlooked causes of constipation in children. So give it a try, it worked for me.
If your motto is “I only run when I’m being chased”, change it!
Doing a high intensity workout for less than 30 minuets a day will not only shed excess weight, tone that tush and keep you fit, it will also do wonders for your tummy, and i’m not talking ‘six pack’. Exercise gets the gut muscles moving and helps everything move along.
Remember it’s just 30 minuets out of your day and to get you started here is a fun little workout from the girls over at XHit.
Usually all you hear from Doctors to improve the symptoms of constipation is “more fiber…”. All I will say is, I agree and disagree. Fiber is a complicated business, if you haven’t read my post about soluble and insoluble fiber, you may want to do so.
Fiber will help with constipation, but to much or too little will continue to result in difficult bowel movements and in most cases make it worse.
Eat Little & Often
The human body was not designed to cope with large 3 square meals per day, us 21st century humans have adopted this way of eating due to social etiquette. But it can put a lot of stress and strain on the body. If we think back to when we were cave men, we had to hunt for our food, if we were lucky we would eat meat from hunting, but most of the time we would graze from the ground, on plants and fruits when we found them.
This is a more natural way of eating and can also help improve your digestive system. Allowing your digestive system to eat little and often will keep everything moving without the added stress of trying to digest large meals.