A F•E•W Simple Ideas to Keep Your GI Tract on Track!

Living Life on the Edge

Are you living life on the edge? ©Terry Tasche

Stop living life on the edge and start learning how to keep things moving along in the GI tract. Learn what to do so things don’t get stopped up, aka constipation.

Some key ideas can help you think about how the GI system works and remember 1) what YOU need to EAT, 2) what you need to DO, and 3) what you need to DRINK:

Here are a FEW ideas and suggestions to help you keep your GI tract running smoothly:

  • The GI system can be compared to a processing plant that processes the food and sends everything where it needs to go. Some is used as energy. Some is used to manufacture muscle. Some supports organs and bodily systems. Some, the excess calories, is stored as fat. It then disposes of the fiber and waste, which goes on to the lower GI tract, or colon. Let’s imagine this last part as a garbage disposal.
  • Remember the acronym F•E•W, which stands for three things that start with the letters F*E*W*. This acronym will keep you from getting clogged up and so you’re not bogged down. It can help you remember what’s important so the GI system runs smoothly, reminding you 1) what you need to EAT, 2) what you need to DO, and 3) what you need to DRINK:
    • Fiber
    • Exercise
    • Water
      • Fiber: eat F&V’s (Fruits and Vegetables) to get plenty of fiber in your diet. A simple solution: eat an apple every day. It may keep more than the doctor away. It may help you keep colon cancer away, too. Fitness is another good word for the F in FEW so you remember to exercise daily.
      • Exercise: Stay fit with exercise, like walking, biking, swimming, dancing, etc.. Exercise aids digestion & stimulates muscles to move things along in the GI tract. A Simple Solution: walk 20 minutes three times a day, and walk up & down some stairs for starters. Education is also vital in understanding the importance of exercise. Let’s hear it for the E in FEW: Exercise and Education, too.
      • Water: drink plenty of water so you don’t get dehydrated. It’s a necessary component of a healthy diet and a healthy GI tract. Imagine putting food down a garbage disposal without adding water. It would soon grind to a halt! Your GI tract might do that, too. A Simple Solution: keep water handy and drink it before, during, and between meals.
Make sense?
Remember to do these F*E*W healthy things daily so you’re not living life on the edge!
Here’s a tip: Add lemon juice to water. Lemon water can 1) stimulate peristalsis, which moves food through the intestine, 2) stimulate the secretion of gastric juices to aid digestion for people with low stomach acid, and 3)  help stimulate the liver to produce detoxifying enzymes.
As my friend Angie says, the key is to do them every day!
Here’s to Healthy Eating, Happy Living!  🙂
©Terry Tasche, R.N., B.S.N.

2 Responses to A F•E•W Simple Ideas to Keep Your GI Tract on Track!

  1. Emily September 7, 2017 at 7:22 am #

    Hi Terry

    Nice and easy to remember remedy to a sluggish system. Fiber and water are easy for me it’s that daily exercise that gets away. Have to pretend I’m on vacation since that’s when I get the most. Or maybe add an extra 20 minutes to an activity like get to the Friday night club meeting early and take a walk around the neighborhood.
    Thanks for the article and keeping us on the right course

    • Terry Tasche September 7, 2017 at 1:01 pm #

      Thanks, Emily! Yes, I need something easy to remember, too, so I’ll do it!
      Exercise can definitely be the missing link in the FEW things we need to remember to do.
      Thanks again. I always appreciate your insightful comments.
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