Health Talk: Probiotics & Prebiotics

As we age the acid in our stomach changes, so it's even more important that we change our lifestyle and diet accordingly.

Stomach acid plays a vital role in the digestion process, so it's important to have the balance right. This is where prebiotics and probiotics can come into play. A good example of the former would be apple cider vinegar (it should be organic and unpasteurized), while excellent probiotics include fermented drinks and foods.

Is your diet filled with caffeine and not enough water? This can also affect your digestion. While coffee offers a wide variety of health benefits, your body needs plenty of water to function properly. So, make sure that you drink plenty of water (don't wait until you're thirsty to run for a drink).
Overall, the most effective way to aid your digestion and ease digestive problems is by following a healthy and balanced diet. You will be faced with decisions every day and you should always choose the healthiest option available to you at the time, even when eating out.

According to WebMD, the best types of fruit to aid digestion, in particular, include apples, prunes, watermelon, pears, bananas, kiwi, mango, avocado, and berries.

When it comes vegetables, choose leeks, cauliflower, mushrooms, asparagus, beets, peas, squash, sauerkraut, scallions, and zucchini. Other helpful, healthy foods include tofu, eggs, lean meat, fish, peanut butter, and multi-grains.

If you experience digestive issues, you may want to start keeping a food journal, as there may be specific foods that are exacerbating your symptoms. Look at the most common foods and eliminate them from your diet one at a time to narrow down the worst offenders.

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