The gastrointestinal tract is a tongue twister that’s quite difficult to say quickly. Let’s make it simple, you can also call it the digestive tract, GIT, gut, etc.
Now, as its simplified names imply, it is an organ system that intakes all we get, carries out the digestion process by extracting and absorbing energy and nutrients, and diverges the food waste to other organs. It also supplies water, electrolytes, and vitamins. Moreover, it acts as a junction point between food and the extractions from it in the form of generating immunity from it.
It’s basically a pipe that covers the long area from the mouth to the anus. It is divided into three parts:
- The void area of the pipe, which is called lumen
- A muscular coating in the middle
- A coating of epithelial cells
The other two layers apart from the void area are responsible for the mucosal integrity of the tract.
How exercises can help?
We always assume that doing an exercise won’t have any side-effect. Well, it’s a misconception, especially in this case as there are pros and cons of doing gastrointestinal tract-related exercises. The concentration of the workout plays a vital role.
“Yes, exercise is the catalyst. That’s what makes everything happen: your digestion, your elimination, your sex life, your skin, hair, everything about you depends on circulation. And how do you increase circulation?”
If you are doing moderate-intensity exercises, then it can help you fight against diseases like Colon Cancer, Diverticulosis, Diverticulitis, Diverticular Bleeding, Gallstones, Constipation, etc.
However, if you will attempt to do the exercises rigorously, it may cause Hyperacidity, Sickness, Puking, Gastrointestinal bleeding, Stomachache and Diarrhea.
The daily routine activities and fitness diet plan can do wonders for your gastrointestinal tract: Jogging, Cycling, Pilates, Yoga or any regular basic exercises.
What to consume for a healthy gastrointestinal tract?
Modifying your diet can really help your gastrointestinal tract to continue its functionality without any hurdles. Given below are the recommended food for the gastrointestinal tract:
- If you are fond of consuming heavy meals, just change it. Try to consume small meals throughout the day, let’s say 4-5 times a day. It will help you to digest your food easily, will not put an extra load on your system, and smoothens the functionality of your metabolism.
- Add protein, fibre, and low-carb food items to your diet as it’s comparatively easier to digest.
- Carbohydrate-rich and protein-rich foods are easier for your body to digest than high-fat foods. Limit fatty foods to three servings each day to start with.
Don’t stick with the food items you’ve selected and insert new food items into your diet. You can shuffle these food items for a healthy digestive tract: Apples, Kiwi, Ginger, Avocado, Yogurt, Fennel, Papaya, Sweet Potato, Whole Grains, Broccoli, Green beans, Lentils, Raspberries
Apart from a healthy diet, keeping your body hydrated should be your second priority. Don’t overdo but try to drink water at regular intervals, let’s say every hour.
And, last but not least, try to stay away from smoking, overconsumption of tea or coffee, and alcohol as consumption of these things can cause stomach ulcers and indigestion.