Healthy habits and the digestive system


Saudi Gazette

The best way to deal with digestive problems is to learn about it so you can take precise measures to resolve them. This week we help you understand the breakdown and easy ways to help you deal with digestive problems.

For starters, focus on a healthy lifestyle. Eat plenty of food rich in fiber, aside from regular intake of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Try and maintain a healthy weight by incorporating workouts in your daily routine or at least three times a week. Try and get enough sleep and rest.

According to Mayo Clinic studies, digestion time varies between individuals and between men and women. After you eat, it takes about six to eight hours for food to pass through your stomach and small intestine. Food then enters your large intestine colon for further digestion, absorption of water and, finally, elimination of undigested food.

Remember, drinking water aids digestion as liquids help break down food so that your body can absorb the nutrients. In case you are feeling bloated or uneasy, try yoga. People who practice yoga tend to have better digestion and it helps regulate the systematic flow.