4. Reduce intake of fried, fattening foods. Cutting back on greasy, fried foods that are high in fat and hard to digest will reduce your stomach's workload.
5. Incorporate fermented dairy products into your diet. Certain probiotics, or the good bacteria that is found in dairy products like yogurt and cottage cheese, may improve intestinal function and overall digestive health and benefit health conditions such as gastroenteritis, irregularity, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease.
6. Select lean meats. Leaner cuts of pork, chicken and turkey that contain less fat may improve digestive comfort.
7. Drink plenty of fluids. Fluids are needed to alleviate and prevent constipation and ease digestion of foods through the digestive tract. A good way to make sure you are getting enough fluids is to drink a glass of water with every meal. If you aren't hip on plain water, try vitamin-fortified flavored water.
8. Don't rush eating. Eating slowly and chewing food properly encourages a "full" feeling, which prevents the overeating that can upset the digestive tract.
9. Exercise regularly and abstain from smoking. While most people know that exercise offers overall health benefits, most people don't know that it's good for your digestive tract, too. Daily physical activity improves the natural rhythm of the digestive system and assists in moving food through the digestive tract.
10. Maintain a healthy body weight. According to the AGA, a Body Mass Index that indicates obesity as well as unintentional weight loss may have a negative impact on digestive health.
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