Taking care of your body internally is just as important as taking care of your body externally. Your GI tract, or digestive tract, is the pathway the food you eat will follow in order to be properly digested and removed from the body. It consists of the esophagus, mouth, stomach, large intestine, and small intestine. Just as some foods could block proper flow for some time, many can also improve it. It might seem complicated to care for, but eating foods that benefit the health of your digestive tract is more than enough.
To improve the movement and flow of your digestive tract, you can eat the following three foods:
Apples have a rich source of soluble fiber pectin. Pectin is commonly used to increase stool volume. This will then resolve some or all constipation and diarrhea and reduce inflammation in the colon. Inflammation in the colon could be the cause of the pain you feel when you are constipated.
Papaya contains a digestive enzyme called papain. It assists the digestive process by breaking down protein fibers. It can help relieve irritable bowel syndrome which is a long-term chronic condition that affects the large intestine. It can cause abdominal cramping, constipation, bloating, gas, and diarrhea. Although papaya is not a long time cure, it could ease the symptoms.
Even without Irritable Bowel Syndrome, papaya will improve the health of your digestive tract.
Peppermint improves digestive problems and has a relaxing effect on the muscles of your GI tract, which may allow for food to pass through smoother, therefore, improving digestion and relieving constipation, or blocked gas. It also accelerates movement through the GI tract. Peppermint tea is often a great way to incorporate peppermint into your day.
Sometimes the best things you can do to improve your digestive health do not come from over the counter but from within the fruit and tea aisle in a supermarket. Taking care of your GI tract isn’t as complicated as it may seem. Most of the food that goes in is what will determine the health of your digestive tract and whether or not it gets blocked, which is never fun. The health of your internal organs and other structures, especially your GI tract, plays a role in your health overall.