According to a consultant gastroenterologist at University College Hospital in London at least 2 in 5 people have digestive complaints such as constipation, diarrhoea and bloating. The foods you eat and the lifestyle you live significantly influence your digestive health. Tower Health offers several solutions, but by taking steps to change your lifestyle it is already possible to relieve some of these symptoms.
How does the digestive system work?
First, let’s talk about how the digestive actually works. The food you consume travels from the mouth down to the stomach. It firstly goes through the small intestine which continues the process of breaking down the food. Did you know that a small intestine would be more than 20 feet long when spread out? Moving on, the food passes through the colon — the large intestine — where it is fully processed and made ready to go to the last part of the digestive tract.
The most common forms of digestive problems are abdominal pain, indigestion and heartburn. Most of these problems are underlying causes of unhealthy lifestyle habits.
What measures can you take?
Besides making sure you exercise regularly and eat healthily, there are a few other lifestyle habits that you get into that help regulate your digestive tract. At Tower Health, we strive to provide you with the best solutions that help you take are of your overall health.
Change your diet
Relying on junk and fast foods is for most people the most important cause of maldigestion and irritable bowel. So, it is recommended to avoid food which are high in fats, processed and fried. Fibre is key, so make sure include enough fruit and veg in your meals. Although it has been widely researched that what you eat matters most, researches also find that when you eat affects your health problems. So sticking to a regular schedule as opposed to eating when you’re hungry can be very beneficial for any digestive problems that you might be experiencing.
Constipation for example is among others caused by emotional or physical stress, so finding constructive ways to deal with stressful periods in your life can be helpful. Have a look at our Mood, Stress and Anxiety category for products that can help.
Reduce alcohol ingestion
If you want to ensure your digestive tract is running smoothly, minimizing your alcohol intake and avoiding tobacco are key. It is likely that alcohol can damage the organs in the digestive system, more importantly the liver and large intestines. Moreover, smoking contributes to heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and affects liver diseases and Crohn’s disease.
Besides they above-mentioned measures, Tower Health offers a few products that positively affect your digestive system. Milk thistle capsules for example, are traditionally used to reduce the symptoms of indigestion and upset stomach. For heart burn sufferers, Gaviscon Advance Peppermint tablets are perfect to relieve the irritation, and it is ideal for those who struggle to swallow tablets. Additionally, you can find Gaviscon’s oral suspension syrup that also aids in the pain relief of heartburn and acid indigestion.