Life isn’t always pretty — especially when your gut gets involved. Gas, bloating, the runs, constipation… These are not pleasant topics. But they adversely affect millions of people every day, and if you are one of them, then you know that these issues can be a pain in more than just your you-know-what. Digestive issues can run the gamut from a minor irritation to a daily problem.
Thankfully, there are several things you can do to help your digestive tract get on track:
- Consult Your Doctor — If your digestive issues are more than a minor and rare annoyance, you should see your doctor to find out if there is an underlying issue involved.
- Track Your Eating Habits — A food journal will let you know if there are specific foods that trigger your digestive issues.
- Go Pro — As in probiotics. Probiotics are the good bacteria that help your digestive tract do what it needs to. They are found in healthy digestive tracts, but their number is often diminished by poor diet and certain medications.
- Increase Your Fiber Intake — Getting enough of the right kinds of fiber into your daily diet is essential for digestive health. Fiber helps your body process the other foods that you eat. It can help keep your bathroom trips regular and more comfortable, as well as help manage blood sugar levels and cholesterol (which are definitely things you should have your doctor check regularly).