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altA healthy body begins with a healthy gut. Your gastrointestinal tract or “gut” includes your mouth, stomach, small intestine and large intestine, and is responsible for digesting the food we eat.

The nutrients that we ingest, specifically carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins and minerals, are processed through our gut, absorbed into the blood stream, and transported to every cell in the body. The gut is also responsible for eliminating waste and flushing harmful toxins from your body. This means that the well-being of every system in your body depends on a healthy gut.

A healthy gut thrives on good nutrition, adequate fluid intake, moderate exercise, and low stress.  These tips will help to keep the gut healthy and minimize the risk of digestive illness:

 

  • Eat slowly, chewing your food thoroughly to promote good digestion
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetable  
  • Add fiber to your daily diet such as beans, whole grain breads, and high fiber cereal.
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Exercise
  • Get adequate rest
  • Limit your simple sugar intake. Too much sugar can over work the pancreas to produce more insulin.
  • Limit fatty foods. High fat foods results in sluggish digestion, making it harder for the body to clear wastes