Healthy digestion is a silent process; digestion, in some form, is taking place while we rest, eat, sleep, or work. We generally only become aware of digestion when something goes wrong, when you eat foods that don’t agree with your body, or drink too much alcohol, or if you become constipated or have gas.
Although the digestive system can withstand a lot of stress – from the foods you eat to emotional stresses – it can only do so for a limited period. Over time, the negative effects will accumulate and create health problems in the long term.
Here are some positive steps you can take today to rejuvenate and maintain the health of your digestive system:
- Eat a healthy diet
- Eat foods rich in fiber
- Reduce the intake of processed foods
- Be discerning about your fat intake
- Drink less alcohol
- Drink plenty of fluids – especially water.
- Take medications as directed.
- Eat moderately, slowly, and regularly
- Don’t overeat
- Try not to eat in a rush
- Eat regularly and try not to skip meals
- Exercise regularly
- Regular cardiovascular exercise helps to strengthen the muscles of the abdomen and reduces sluggishness by stimulating the intestinal muscles to push digestive contents through your system.
- Reduce/manage stress levels
- Stress effects the nerves of the digestive system and can upset the intricate balance of digestion.
- Stress can worsen some conditions such as peptic ulcers or irritable bowel syndrome.
- Quit smoking
- Smoking lowers the pressure at the junction between the stomach and esophagus, promoting backflow of stomach acid into the esophagus (reflux) – which can result in heartburn and other complications.
- Smoking also aggravates peptic ulcers and inflammatory conditions of the bowel and is linked with an increased risk of many cancers.
If you suffer from gastric reflux or are considering bariatric surgery, schedule an appointment with Dr. Shawn Tsuda. Not only is he ready to help you with your weight-loss needs, as one of the first LINX (the only FDA-approved treatment for GERD) trained surgeons in Las Vegas , Dr. Shawn Tsuda and his expert team can help you get your digestive health back.