Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Digestive Health

Here are some guidelines to maintain digestive health:
- consuming about 25-30 grams of fiber daily by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables will help move stool through the colon quicker
- drink plenty of low calorie fluids like water, skim milk and 100% fruit juice also facilitates in softening the stool to prevent constipation
- limit alcohol intake; too much alcohol can irritate the stomach lining and cause relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter, which all contribute to heartburn
- decrease saturated fat intake; too much unhealthy fats slow digestion contributing to heartburn, bloating and constipation

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