So there are several things you can do nutritionally to improve digestive health. One of which is to ensure you're eating enough fibre. For adults, the Australian guidelines recommend an adequate intake of fibre of 30 grams per day for men and 25 grams a day for women.
Good sources include foods like rice bran, root vegetables, chicory, asparagus, garlic, onions, artichokes, legumes, fruits (such as apples or citrus fruit), oats, and whole grains.
Fibre is helpful for several reasons, including that it can act as a prebiotic food, which is broken down by the beneficial bacteria in the digestive system and can assist with our overall digestive health. Additionally, probiotics (such as contained in yoghurt or sauerkraut) can introduce the helpful bacteria.
Other things to remember include drinking enough water, as it can help with food digestion and absorption; eating slowly, chewing food completely and sitting up after eating to allow food to digest.
Also Exercise and stress reduction can help.
It's worth remembering that some high fibre foods can cause unwanted side effects for some people. It may be best to see a qualified nutrition professional to work out the most beneficial diet for your digestive health.
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