Feel it in Your Gut
Your gastrointestinal tract extends from your esophagus to your large intestine. Nutrition is absorbed through this tract along the way in your stomach, small intestines, and even large intestine. This long muscular tube can become less efficient over time due to age, illness, improper nutrition, and lack of exercise. If misuse goes on for long periods of time it can lead to constipation, heartburn, and diarrhea. But there are things you can do to help keep it running smoothly.
- Eat High Fiber: Fruits, veggies, whole grains, and beans/legumes are high in fiber and can help be sure you have healthy, regular bowel movements.
- Water: Be sure you are drinking throughout the day so that you are properly hydrated.
- Exercise: Movement helps with the motility of the large intestine. Be sure to exercise regularly.
- Look at side effects: Talk to your doctor about side effects of medications you may be taking. Often times they can affect the digestive tract.
- Get Balanced!: Talk to your acupuncturist and chiropractor about regular care to help with your symptoms. Nutrition, herbs, adjustments, and acupuncture can help your body heal more naturally.
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Remember that this information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.
LA Times “Gut Check” – Marygrace Taylor