Your digestive system is the command centre for your body's overall wellness.
The digestive system is composed mostly of your gastrointestinal tract and a few small organs that support this vital part of the body. People that experience digestive woes tend to focus on the symptoms that affect their gut, but these problems can go beyond your abdominal area.
Although it may not be immediately obvious, your digestive system has a huge effect on all other parts of your body. From your muscles and bones right down to your heart and brain, the performance of your digestive tract can have an impact on the rest of your body.
In this article, we’ll discuss the reasons why your gastrointestinal tract plays a major role in your overall wellness and give you simple tips to keep your digestive system in good condition.
Why is Your Gastrointestinal Tract so Important?
If you think about it, the digestive system is in charge of collecting the nutrients you need from the food you eat. Your heart, lungs, brain, muscles, liver, and the gastrointestinal tract itself needs fuel. If your digestive system is not performing properly, it won’t be able to fulfill its responsibilities and potentially affect the rest of your body.
Also, keep in mind that the hormones, chemicals, and bacteria that are present in your digestive system directly affect the way your body operates. These elements tell your brain how your body should be feeling. If your gut is not healthy, your body won’t feel good. And, once you attain good digestive health, your stomach will signal the brain and, in turn, the rest of your body.
How Your Gut Affects Your Body
There are many different ways your gut can affect your body. These can be categorised into physical and mental effects, both of which have a unique impact on your organs.
A healthy digestive system will help you process food properly and fight off bacteria in a more efficient way. That said, if your digestive tract is in poor condition, you can experience pain, inflammation, loss of appetite, cramping, and other physical symptoms. These also include bloating, constipation, and flatulence, which are not ideal in any scenario.
Food phobias are common among folks who have poor digestive health. In extreme cases, some people even refuse to eat outside of their house and develop anxiety, depression, and negative feelings towards food. Folks that have a healthy digestive tract have a easier time in social situations or whenever they have a chance to try new meals.
What Can You Do to Maintain a Healthy Gastrointestinal Tract?
The relationship between your body and the gastrointestinal tract is symmetrical, so it goes both ways. Here are some tips to help you keep your digestive system in great condition:
A Healthy Diet
The first and most obvious tip to good gut health is a healthy diet. This doesn’t mean cutting out a particular ingredient, but moderation and balance in every meal. Your body needs different nutrients that it absorbs from vegetables, fruit, eggs, and meat. And, in case you follow a specific dietary regime, make sure you compliment your body with the right ingredients.
Aside from losing weight, regular exercise will promote healthy digestion and it can also help treat constipation. And, exercise can potentially alter the chemistry of your gut and the bacteria that grow in it, which can result in a healthier gastrointestinal tract.
Pay Attention to Your Mental Health
People that suffer from anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues are no strangers to digestive problems. By maintaining a positive outlook and good mental health, you’ll be able to keep digestive problems at bay.
Happy Healthy Living everyone!
Guest Blogger: Dr Alan Ong, Melbourne Bioscor Specialist
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