Our digestive system is pretty incredible. It’s designed to breakdown foods and absorb nutrients without any added assistance, but does that mean we always get optimum nutrients from the food we eat? That’s the question we are going to be exploring today in this article.
Hydrochloric acid along with enzymes in our gut helps to break down proteins, fats and carbohydrates to absorb into our bodies. Sometimes something as simple as an antibiotic, stress or diet change can throw off our gut and change how effective our digestive system is in absorbing foods.
There are several things you can do to optimize your digestive system in the absorption of nutrients and we have listed our favorites below.
- Drink lots of water. Keeping yourself hydrated is one of the easiest ways to aid your digestive system in absorbing proper nutrients from foods that you are eating. Try to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water a day.
- Eating foods that are high in natural fiber. Fiber is a necessity for a healthy digestive system and for good reason, it helps keep things moving through your digestive tract. If your diet is not high in fiber you could suffer from constipation as well as under absorption of nutrients from your food. Try to eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to ensure you’re getting enough fiber.
- Probiotics and digestive enzymes are both extremely important to health of your gut as well as your body’s ability to absorb nutrients. If your microbiota is off, your body will be working harder to digest food and not getting as much nutrients and energy out of it. Probiotics help keep your bacteria in a healthy balance while digestive enzymes help your body absorb the food in an efficient manner.
We hope these three tips have made your digestive system a little happier and healthier.