When you eat, you’re most likely concerned with what food sounds appealing or will taste good. When you rely solely on your cravings and taste buds to select your food, you may order chicken wings at dinner or delve into a pint of Ben & Jerry’s while watching reruns of The Office. These foods may make your taste buds happy and fulfill your cravings, but will wreak havoc on your digestive system. Dairy (yes, that means cheese), spicy foods, fatty foods, and fried foods should be avoided if you want to get rid of bloating, gas, diarrhea, heartburn, and constipation. There are also several other ways to improve your digestion.
By being aware of what foods make you feel good (and bad), and by following a few simple, time-tested tips, you can improve your digestion and enjoy the well-earned side effects of weight loss, regular bowel movements, and a noticeable lack of bloating and gas.
1. Make fiber your go-to
By eating fruit for breakfast, snacking on whole grains, and increasing the number of raw and cooked vegetables you consume, you will be naturally increasing your daily fiber intake. Simply put, fiber pushes food through your digestive track so those fries you ate at dinner don’t get stuck in your stomach or intestines for longer than they should. Eating a healthy amount of fiber will help you lose weight or maintain your current weight, while keeping your digestive system running smoothly.