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The best ingredients for healthy digestion

You don’t have to turn into a vitamin enriched superlock overnight, but some small adjustments to your diet can help keeping your digestion in good shape. Too much fat and sugar, too many white-flour products and too little fibre, fruit and liquids can put a strain on your digestive system.

To keep your digestive system healthy, as an average adult you should consume around 30 grams of fibre a day. It’s a good idea to spread this quantity across several small mealtimes throughout the day, for example with fruit and muesli in the morning, wholemeal pasta or rice, a salad or vegetables at lunch and fruit or vegetable sticks as healthy snacks to keep you going.
Here’s to your health. So true, because drinking in general is very important to maintain a functioning digestive system, and you should drink at least two litres a day: water, tea and juices on their own or mixed with fizzy water all have a positive influence on your balance of liquids. Alcohol, sugary drinks and shakes, on the other hand, should be taken with moderation.
Turning up your fibre intake is much easier – and tastier – than it sounds. Foods that are particularly rich in fibre include prunes, peaches, pears, carrots, beans and broccoli. Linseed also contains additional healthy omega-3 fatty acids and supports healthy digestion: To get your bowel all geared up, eat a teaspoon of linseed with a little yogurt or buttermilk each morning and evening and then drink one or two glasses of water.
Not just what, but also when you eat has an effect on your digestion. Stable eating habits and fixed mealtimes help you develop positive habits and support your digestion.