Activia® may help reduce the frequency of minor digestive discomfort. Consume twice a day for two weeks as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Minor digestive discomfort includes bloating, gas, abdominal discomfort & rumbling.


Digestive Health and Probiotics

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM PLAYS A ROLE IN YOUR OVERALL HEALTH? ​

Your digestive system (often referred to as “your gut”) is an extremely complex environment that performs many vital functions. The small intestine acts as the main site of enzymatic digestion of foods and absorption of nutrients. The large intestine or colon absorbs large quantities of water and electrolytes and helps to remove waste matter and other substances your body does not use. The large intestine is also responsible for the regulation of intestinal well-being, particularly through its complex microflora that contributes to the maintenance of intestinal function. 

 

 

WHY IS MAINTAINING A HEALTHY BALANCE OF MICROFLORA IN YOUR GUT SO IMPORTANT?​

The gut microflora of every individual consists of various microorganisms (bacteria, yeast and fungi) that live in the intestinal tract. When the intestinal microflora is out of balance, that imbalance may affect overall health. This balance can be disturbed during times of stress, with age, in menopause, when taking medications, with an unbalanced diet, and in the event of acute or chronic intestinal disease.1,2,3

There is good reason to add probiotics to your daily routine. Probiotics have been shown to provide specific health benefits such as supporting gut and immune health and contributing to the maintenance of a balanced gut microbiota, important for the proper functioning of the digestive system and the entire body. 

1. Mitsuoka T, et al. "The fecal flora of man. II. Communication: the composition of Bifidobacterium flora of different age groups." Zentralbl Bakteriol. 1974;226(4):469-78.

 

 

HOW CAN YOU PROMOTE YOUR OWN DIGESTIVE HEALTH? 

The Love Your Tummy website has recommended daily steps to help improve your digestive health. 

 

 

  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals without increasing overall calorie intake. Do not miss breakfast; do not eat large meals late at night.
  • Include foods rich in fiber, 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, including whole grains and legumes. 
  • Eat fish 3 to 5 times per week.
  • Reduce intake of foods high in animal fat, greasy and fried foods.
  • Consume fermented dairy products containing probiotics, with proven benefits on digestive health.
  • Select lean meats such as chicken, turkey, rabbit…or lean cuts of beef, pork, or lamb.
  • Drink 2 liters of drinking water a day while decreasing intake of caffeinated, alcoholic and sugar-rich beverages.
  • Do not rush eating and chew food slowly and well.
  • Practice a healthy lifestyle: exercise regularly and abstain from smoking.
  • Maintain a healthy body mass index: aim to achieve your ideal body weight.

 

The 10 Diet and Lifestyle Tips for Digestive Health are only available for download from the Love Your Tummy (LYT) website at http://loveyourtummy.org/tummy-tips/. The LYT website serves to increase awareness, understanding and management of digestive well-being. 

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  • Eat a variety of healthful foods for a well-balanced diet.
  • Eat smaller more frequent meals without increasing overall calorie intake. 
  • Include foods rich in fiber. Fiber is important for the health of the digestive system and can be found in foods like fresh fruits, raw vegetables, whole grain breads and cereals, nuts and beans.  According to the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the adequate intake for fiber is 28 g per day for women and 38 g per day for men.
  • Select lean meats. Leaner cuts of meat, pork, chicken and turkey contain less fat, which may help reduce digestive discomfort. 
  • Reduce intake of fried, fattening foods. Cutting back on greasy, fried foods that are high in fat and hard to digest will reduce the workload of your stomach and intestines. 
  • Consume 8 ounces of “oily” seafood per week. ‘Oily” fish contains omega 3 fatty acids that can help improve digestive abnormalities by stabilizing cell walls, reducing inflammation and restoring balance.
  • Incorporate fermented dairy products into your diet. Certain probiotics or good bacteria that are found in some dairy products like yogurt and cottage cheese, may improve intestinal function and overall digestive health. 
  • Drink plenty of non-sugary beverages. Fluids are needed to alleviate and prevent constipation and ease digestion of foods through the digestive tract. A good way to help get enough fluids is to drink a glass of water with every meal. 
  • Don't rush eating. Eating slowly and chewing food properly encourages a "full" feeling, which may help prevent overeating that can upset the digestive tract. 
  • To learn more, visit http://www.worldgastroenterology.org/UserFiles/file/WGOHandbookonDietand...

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