Food High in Fibre for Good Digestive Health

With winter approaching, it’s important to keep on top of your health.  Here are some ways around two common problems which may affect our health at this time of year.

Digestive Health

Digestive health is paramount for good health and the festive season is no excuse to let your healthy habits slip. Bloating and digestive
discomfort are common problems which can affect many people during this time of indulgence. Healthy diets are often thrown
out the window for a few weeks while we drink too much and eat extravagantly.

Bloating can be caused by a variety of things including overeating, food allergies or intolerances and menstruation. Although not all
causes of bloating can easily be overcome, you can make some easy dietary changes to help avoid discomfort and at times,
embarrassing flatulence.

Some simple ways to get you on track to a healthier gut:

  • Increase fruit and vegetable intake 5 to 8 portions per day
  •  Consume a high fibre diet
  •  Stay hydrated by drinking at least two litres of water each day
  •  Maintain an active lifestyle – exercise at least 30 min a day, five times a week
  •  Consume ‘gut friendly’ bacteria

Try to limit:

  •  Smoking
  •  Caffeine intake from coffee
  •  Simple carbohydrates such as sweet foods, fried foods and pastries

Maintaining a diet high in fruit and veg that provides fibre, antioxidants and other essential nutrients, is important to allow your digestive
system to process and absorb the right nutrients. Fruits and vegetables naturally contain fibre and are rich in antioxidants to help
fight free radicals. Once important nutrients have been absorbed, fibre and a good water intake help move waste through the digestive
tract to be excreted.

Hydration
The body is made up of 60-70% water and vital to life. Water is essential to the body:

  • Helps to flush toxins from the body
  • Essential to every cell and organ in the body
  • Aids digestion – the passage of food through the digestive system
  • Keeps the skin hydrated, soft and supple

Cold days bring with them the inclination to reach for never ending hot drinks to help stay warm. While it is good to keep your fluid
intake up, be careful as these drinks may contain caffeine. Caffeine is great for a pick-me-up, but it may also lead to a drop in energy,
dehydration and can disrupt sleep habits.

How much should you drink? Try and drink at least two litres of water each day. You may need to drink more if you sweat a lot due
to heavy exercise.

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