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: 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.