Its purpose is to extract the good from the foods you eat and inject it into the rest of your body where it needs it while filtering out what your body does not use.
Just as you brush your teeth, wash your hands, and take a bath, you must also keep your digestive track clean.
Those are only a few, and yet minor, symptoms of a digestive track that is not taken care of. You can also become extremely sick by not having a healthy digestive system. I will list five ways to help keep your digestive system healthy:
1. Daily exercise helps improve digestion. Exercises that work your abdominal muscles help move the contents through your digestive system because of the contractions you would make with your muscles. The rate of metabolism also rises from general exercise. You will notice that your bowels will become more frequent if you exercise compared to not exercising at all.
2. Eliminating stress will help improve the flow of the digestive system. Stress breaks down the body and can cause inflammation, disease and other symptoms in the digestive system. Stress is also said to cause stomach ulcers.
3. Eliminating bad fats and red meat will allow your digestive system to act normally. Red meat and bad fatty foods are hard on the digestive track.
4. Take your recommended daily intake of fiber. Eating fiber rich foods will help keep your intestines clean enabling them to function properly. You should also notice that by eating fiber rich foods, you will feel lighter and healthier. By keeping your intestines clean, you will also notice a smaller waistline. Too much fiber will can also result in diarrhea. Good sources of fiber are: blackberries, acai berries, blueberries, red onions and apples. Whole grain cereals and breads are also a good source of fiber. You can mix fiber foods with other foods (like blueberries and cereal) or eat them by themselves. Bran cereal is another excellent source of fiber.
5. Chewing your food well before swallowing can help your system digest the food more easily. When you chew food, the saliva starts breaking down the food that you are chewing. The more you chew before swallowing means the less your digestive system will have to work at the end. Chewing food well will also help your intestines absorb the nutrients better.
An important point is that these are all habits and all habits can be acquired by anyone. Through habit comes skill and you must want to adopt them into your own lifestyle before they can be of benefit.