If the human body is like a car – which it is, in some ways – then its different processes can be compared to different operations of a motor vehicle. Eating is our way of fueling; becoming ill is like when a car develops a fault; exercise is like giving the engine a tune-up, and so on. In this – admittedly long-winded – comparison, our digestion is like the combustion process that allows the car to turn fuel into horsepower.
If your digestive system is working as it should be, then your body is going to be better able to do what it needs to do. On the other hand, problems with our digestion are bad news and lead fairly swiftly to problems elsewhere. It’s all the more important, therefore, to take your digestive health seriously, and to recognize the right and wrong things to do with regard to your digestive system.
Eating the wrong things is a double dose of trouble
There are plenty of skeptics out there who hear phrases such as “lactose intolerant” or “gluten-free”, and immediately go off on a rant about how we have eaten such things for centuries without the myriad of problems they “supposedly” cause now. These skeptics are, not to put too fine a point on it, talking nonsense. Dietary intolerances exist and can have far-reaching consequences.
If your body is intolerant to a certain food, your digestive system will struggle to break it down and get nutritional benefits from it, and you’ll experience real discomfort. Given the importance of nutrition, this represents the double whammy of a missed chance to refuel, allied to an episode of physical illness you could do without.
Your digestive system affects everything else about you
Proteins are important for your muscle mass and health; fatty acids and B vitamins assist your brain in its work; calcium is necessary for building strong bones. All of your body’s processes rely on the speedy delivery of nutrients from digested food. So it’s in your interest to be kind to the digestive system by not only avoiding problem foods but eating and drinking things that will positively help it out.
When you realize the ways in which aloe vera juice benefits your digestion, and fiber helps to move things smoothly, as well as the key role played by drinking enough water, it’s hard to ignore the reality. When your digestive system is running well, all of you will benefit.
Supplements can make a big difference
We get by far the majority of our nutrients from food and drink, but there is more we can do to benefit pretty much every part of ourselves, and that includes the digestive system. The use of probiotics is an excellent and important step we can take to help our own gut bacteria break down the foods we eat.
Also, if you do eat something that you usually have difficulty digesting, there are definite benefits to taking digestive enzyme supplements. These can ease the digestive process and are a good idea to keep around if you’re likely to be eating with less control than usual – for example, on cheat days and at holidays.