Digestive Health: 8 tips you must follow to keep your digestive system running smoothly

Your digestive system has a direct link to your body’s health. The food you eat and the lifestyle you follow makes a huge difference on your digestive system.

Updated on May 11, 2019   |  02:09 AM IST  |  389K

When your digestive system is not working properly, your health can be affected in numerous ways. Besides, certain digestive disorders such as irregular bowel movements, constipation, diarrhoea, heartburn or bloating, you may also experience other food allergies due to improper functioning of the digestive system. Most of us focus on feeding our taste buds instead of thinking how it would affect our digestive health. It is important to keep your digestive system running smoothly to prevent chronic health complications. 

The digestive system breaks down the food you eat into nutrients. These nutrients are needed by your body to function properly. If you neglect your digestive health, it could lead to serious problems. Here are some tips you must follow to improve your digestive health and make it function more efficiently. 

Water is one of the healthy elements that your digestive system needs. It provides moisture to the digestive system so it can function properly. Majority of people with digestive disorders are dehydrated. Drink at least 3 litres of water every day. Our intestine needs water to push out the digestive waste out of the system. Low water intake leads to constipation. So, keep yourself hydrated and drink water at regular intervals.


Starting from the mouth is the best start to a healthy digestive system. Chewing your food properly makes a huge difference on your digestion. It eases the work required from your digestive system. 

Chew Properly

Fiber is necessary for smooth functioning of the digestive system. Foods rich in fiber like fruits, vegetables and whole grains help you feel satiated. Both soluble as well as insoluble fiber help the body in different ways. Insoluble fiber cannot be digested; therefore it adds bulk to the stool. On the other hand, soluble fiber retains water and prevents watery stools. 

Fruits and Vegetables

Keep a proper eating schedule for your meals. Eating breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same time every day helps your digestive system run smoothly. It keeps your digestive system in shape. Don’t keep long gaps between two meals. 

Eating Schedule

Stress not only affects your mental health but also creates a mess for your digestive system. Stress affects your digestive track permeability, causes imbalance in gut bacteria and increases risk of inflammation. Indulge in stress-reducing activities. Do things you like and manage your stress. Keeping your stress levels down is really important for your mental, physical as well as emotional health. 


You need to understand what works best for your digestive system. There are certain foods your digestive system cannot tolerate and may cause harm. Skip bad habits like smoking, excessive caffeine and alcohol. These interrupt with the functioning of your digestive system and create problems like heartburn and stomach ulcers. Extra spicy food also irritates the digestive tract. Some foods that help in the smooth functioning of the digestive system are listed below:

Exercise helps to move the food quickly and easily through the large intestine. This decreases the amount of water lost in stools. Exercise creates a healthy digestive environment. It also helps you maintain a healthy weight, which is good for the digestive system. Exercise facilitates easy movement of food throughout the digestive system and reduces constipation. 


Foods high in fat slow down our digestive process. This makes us more prone to constipation. However, it is important to get fats, so balance your meal by pairing fatty foods with foods high in fiber. This makes it easier for your digestive system to function. 

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