The Great Loo Taboo: research suggest that the number of people suffering from digestive health issues, including IBS, is higher than thought. Yet talking about bowel health is still a taboo subject for many people.
Maintaining bowel health is incredibly important and lifestyle changes, which include sufficient hydration, exercise, relaxation and potential dietary adjustments are paramount. Here are the top 5 digestion tips to address by our partners Lepicol:
- Live Bacteria
Live bacteria are naturally present in your digestive tract. The good bacteria help keep the body healthy - helping to balance the gut microflora, alleviating indigestion and bloating. But stress, bad eating habits and antibiotics can all kill this bacteria in our body. It is important to restore the body´s balance by eating food containing live bacteria, or supplementing.
A balanced diet, high in fibre, help to keep food moving effectively through your digestive tract. Vegetables, fruit and whole grains are all good sources of insoluble fibre, while oats, psyllium and pulses like beans and lentils are rich in soluble fibre. In addition, fibre can help you achieve or maintain a healthy weight.
Stress can be difficult to avoid, but when we are affected our digestive system is one of the first body parts impacted. In order to counteract stress, find activities that you enjoy and practise them on a regular basis, in addition to working on the aspects making you stressed in the first instance.
Water is essential for the human body to function correctly. Drinking enough water helps ensure the nutrients in food are digested and absorbed. Aim for eight glasses of water a day minimum, more in the heat - it helps alleviate bloating, control hunger pangs and aid concentration.
Exercise helps keep foods moving through your digestive system. Regular exercise can help you to maintain a healthy weight, which is good for your health overall. Exercise is also vita in alleviating stress - considered to eb one of the key factors with digestive health issues.
Lepicol is a three in one combination of soluble plant fibre known as psyllium husks, inulin and live bacteria. These ingredients make up a formulation which is effective but gentle in action and suitable for everyday use in helping to maintain a healthy bowel and gently helps wast material to move through your bowels without straining or unwanted urgency. For more information about the Lepicol product range check our shop.