World Digestive Health Day 2023: By opting for minimal changes to a sedentary lifestyle, one can make a big difference. Scroll down to find out more.
Every year, World Digestive Health Day is celebrated around the world to raise awareness of the importance of digestive health and how it plays a significant role in determining our overall health and well-being. The World Gastroenterology Organization kicked off the special occasion of World Digestive Health Day 2023 to educate people about the treatment, prevention, and prevalence of digestive health problems.
According to the Pan American Health Organization, digestive disorders account for around 375,170 deaths, 215,168 deaths in men and 160,002 deaths in women. With such high rates of digestive diseases all over the world, it becomes extremely crucial to be vigilant and careful about your digestive health. By opting for minimal changes to a sedentary lifestyle, one can make a huge difference. Therefore, we bring you a list of some healthy habits that you should incorporate into your regular regimen for a healthy digestive system and well-functioning gut health.
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Daily habits for better intestinal health
1. Balanced diet
One of the best ways to promote a healthy gut is to incorporate a healthy diet into your regular regimen. Including foods rich in fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients aids the digestion process, aids in better absorption of food, and maintains a fit body. A high fiber diet regulates the bacteria in the gut and the result is proper digestion.
Drinking enough water throughout the day helps maintain overall health and hygiene. Hydration is one of the most important factors in improving digestion and promoting intestinal health. Adequate amounts of water help regulate bowel movement, prevent constipation, and break down food in combination with stomach acids and enzymes. You should drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water a day.
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3. Regular Exercise
Along with a healthy diet and adequate hydration, regular physical exercise can also improve intestinal health and promote better digestion. Regular exercise helps the body digest food that may take longer to digest and stimulates the gut. At least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, such as jogging, swimming, biking, and more, can strengthen your digestive system and improve its function.
4. Stress management
Brigham Young University states that if the stress response is triggered too frequently, the body has a harder time recovering. This impedes the flow of digestion and can cause an upset stomach. It can also contribute to the development of irritable bowel syndrome and/or ulcers. The digestive system cannot function properly with too much stress or stimulation. According to Healthline, reducing stress can decrease inflammation in your gut, ease GI upset, and keep you nourished since your body can focus on absorbing the nutrients it needs.
(Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment.)