Taking care of your diet is an important
step in ensuring a healthy digestive system. It is advisable to increase
your intake of vegetables and fruits in your existing diet. Many people
find relief in merely modifying their diet to reduce refined
carbohydrates such as white flour, white sugar, white bread, noodles and
white rice and increasing fiber intake.
According to the American Dietetic
Association, we should take about 25 to 35 grams of fiber daily. It is
beneficial in regulating bowel movements and adding bulk to the faeces.
Regular bowel movements are essential in aiding the body in eliminating
toxins, and thus improving intestinal and liver health. You may achieve
this by consuming a variety of vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
For many years, fresh fruits and vegetables
have been used by natural therapists to help cleanse and restore the
body to good health. Fresh juices have a distinct advantage over just
plain water. Juices contain water, vitamins, minerals and other
phytonutrients that cleanse, nurture and strengthen the body. The best
fruit juice include apple, grapefruit, grape, lemon, lime, papaya, pear,
pineapple, strawberry and suitable vegetable juices are beetroot,
carrot, celery, cucumber, gotu kola (pegaga) and watercress.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle such as
regular exercise, avoiding both smoking and excessive alcohol
consumption and managing stress wisely is important in ensuring good