Enjoying good overall health requires a healthy digestive system. Your digestive system breaks down food and liquids into their chemical components like carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, in order for the body to absorb nutrients to use for energy, and to build and repair cells.
A healthy digestive system can be controlled by:
- Foods consumed
- Gut bacteria
Common digestive system ailments are:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (heartburn)
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Celiac disease
Ways to Support Healthy Digestion
Experts recommend drinking 50–66 ounces of non-caffeinated fluids per day for optimal digestive health. In addition to water, you can also meet your fluid intake with herbal teas. Click here for a great noni tea recipe!
Manage Your Stress
Stress has been associated with ulcers, diarrhea, and constipation. This is because when your body is in fight-or-flight mode, it thinks you don’t have time to rest and digest so blood and energy are diverted away from your digestive system. Click here for easy ways to stress less!
Exercise helps food travel through your digestive system. One study showed moderate exercise increased digestion time by nearly 30%. Other studies suggest that exercise may reduce symptoms of IBS by decreasing inflammatory compounds in your body.
Avoid processed food
Processed food does not feed the cells of the body. On the contrary, it actually throws off your gut microbiome. A good general rule: if you can’t pronounce it, your body can’t digest it, so don’t eat it!
Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber and can work like a prebiotic, supporting the growth of healthy bacteria in your gut. Chia seeds are also a great plant-based source of omega-3 and protein.
Kombucha is a fermented tea. Probiotic bacteria is produced during the fermentation process, and studies have shown that kombucha may contribute to the healing of stomach ulcers.
Papaya contains an enzyme called papain. Papain assists the digestive process by breaking down protein. Papain may also ease IBS symptoms.
Leafy greens are excellent sources of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A and magnesium which can help relieve constipation by improving muscle contractions in your GI tract.
Did you know? A 2016 study discovered a sugar in leafy greens that feed good bacteria. This sugar is thought to aid digestion by inhibiting bad bacteria growth.
Noni Fruit is rich in amino acids, which are the building blocks for proteins and digestive system support. The essential amino acids are the ones our bodies cannot make and we therefore must get these from our diet because they maintain healthy skin, nerve cells, heart tissues, blood vessels, help balance mood and keep cell membranes working properly. Noni fruit contains 17 of the 20 known amino acids, including all 9 essential amino acids. Plus, noni is high in soluble and insoluble fibers which are essential for digestive health.
Recommended dosage of Noni Fruit Leather for improved digestion:
- For basic maintenance: One 2x2 inch piece of Noni Fruit Leather per day
- For persistent conditions: Two to four 2x2 inch pieces of Noni Fruit Leather per day
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