Your digestive health is critical to your overall health. Good digestive health can lead to good reproductive health, good energy levels, restful sleep and even stable moods. When you are suffering from digestive complaints like diarrhea, constipation, gas or bloating, you can take an over-the-counter aid, or you can try some natural methods to get relief.
Drink plenty of water. Water can help to relieve constipation and to carry the nutrients that your body needs to the parts of the body where they are needed. Drink at least eight, 8-ounce glasses a day or more if you are active. If you are experiencing digestive issues, drink more water.
Exercise. Physical activity doesn’t just train the muscles in your legs and arms, it also strengthens your digestive muscles. If your digestive system has turned sluggish, get out for a run or some other physical activity, and you may be surprised to see your digestive system moving soon after.
Eat plenty of fiber. Fiber is the bulking agent that helps your body form healthy stools. If you are constipated or have diarrhea, more fiber can help move your bowels or to bulk up your stools. Adults should eat between 25 and 35 grams of fiber per day. Make sure you get enough by eating fruits, vegetables or whole grains at every meal.
Drink mint tea. Peppermint and spearmint tea help to aid digestive issues, including constipation and nausea. Drink a cup with your meal, or drink it as needed to ease symptoms. Ginger tea is also good for an upset stomach.
You don’t have to rely on laxatives or other over-the-counter medications to get digestive relief. Practicing these healthy habits can serve as natural digestive aids so that you feel your best.