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5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Digestion
Did you know that building a strong digestive system can help you fight weight gain, speed up your metabolism, overcome other stomach issues and support your immune system? This is especially important as we enter the warmer months. In fact, it’s common to suffer from occasional bloating, heartburn and stomach aches in the summer due to dehydration, poor meal preparation or even changes in our diet.
But fear not! Help is on the way. If you're wondering how to improve the health of your digestive system all year round, we’ve got you covered…
1. Eat Your Greens
The reason our parents forced us to eat our greens and vegetables like carrots, beets, spinach, and sweet potatoes is because they’re rich in nutrients like fiber and vitamins that can help with digestion. For example, the fiber found in spinach can help you feel full so you don’t overeat. Carrots contain vitamins that help bulk up your immune system. And even with a hopeful end to the pandemic in sight, you’ll need all the extra nutrients your immune system can get. You can use these greens and vegetables for broths, soups and salads, or eat them roasted on the BBQ or as a light crudite platter for outdoor gatherings.
Although greens are seasonal, it can be a chore sometimes to find all the nutrients you're looking for in one meal. That’s where Terra Origin Greens Superfoods comes in. Available in mint and coffee flavors, Greens Superfoods contains over 35 natural energy boosting ingredients including vegetables, probiotics, digestive enzymes, herbs & antioxidants, so you get everything you need all in one place.
2. Move Your Body
Yes, you heard that right. Get yourself off the bed and do some exercises. You don’t have to visit a gym, as there are many exercises you can perform at home to break a sweat safely and effectively. Not only can you burn some calories, but you’ll also increase blood circulation, resulting in better delivery of nutrients around your body, which in turn aids your digestion. If you do choose to work out at your local gym, make sure to safely abide by all the COVID prevention precautions. And if you’re looking to help speed up recovery after said workout, Terra Origin Plant Protein, made from pumpkin, brown rice, hemp seed and pea protein isolate, delivers 18 grams of protein to fuel you after you deplete your energy stores.
3. Drink Up
Have you ever noticed how a well-oiled machine works better than one that isn’t? The same is true with our bodies. Despite hydration being more important in the summer, even in the cooler months you need to stay hydrated for your gut and digestive system. Fluids help lubricate your intestines for food to pass through easily. It could be as simple as drinking more water every day or mixing in a cup of a hot beverage like tea or coffee. Or you could make soup your go-to fluid and create warming and lubrication at the same time. You can also get essential electrolytes in Terra Origin Electrolyte Powders, available in berry and cherry flavors, which are healthy, delicious options for anyone looking to improve their hydration and digestion.
4. Eat Less
Obviously you need to eat enough to fuel your body, but most people eat more than their bodies need and research shows that taking in less calories can prolong life. Eating less food also helps reduce the amount of work your digestive system has to do. But as always, the quality of what you eat is important to create building blocks that support your immune system. One such building block is L-Glutamine, an amino acid that plays a special role in intestinal health because it fights back against inflammation and cellular stress. While your body produces this naturally, there’s no way to know if you’re getting enough.
5. Ain't Nothing But a G Thing
Both Glucosamine and L-Glutamine are naturally produced in the body, but Glucosamine comes into play as an essential building block of many parts of our joints, including ligaments, tendons, cartilage and fluid. Similarly, while our bodies naturally produce Glucosamine, further supporting your digestive system with a supplement like Healthy Gut Capsules can help support your gut lining. Made with vitamins and herbs, and including Glutamine and N-Acetyl Glucosamine and an antioxidant mix to calm free radicals, this supplement is also designed to support immune response. And for an added immunity boost, Terra Origin Healthy Gut Immunity Boost features Vitamins C and D to support your overall immunity. It also supplies your body with copper and aloe-vera leaf extract, both of which support the gut.
There are many things you can do to improve your digestion, but starting small is always the best way to ensure success with any endeavor. Terra Origin has a variety of supplements and products that can help your digestive system. From products like Healthy Gut Capsules and Powders, to Superfoods and Electrolytes, to Plant Protein and Digestive Enzymes, Terra Origin has everything you need to help break down food nutrients into smaller digestible bits and ease bloating so that your digestive system functions as it should. And of course, all of our products are sourced and created in-house, so you can be sure of their high quality.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.