Southern Mom Loves: 5 Ways to Jump-Start Your Digestive Health

5 Ways to Jump-Start Your Digestive Health

Monday, August 21, 2017

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Did you know that your gut is actually the key to your overall health? The problem is your digestive health can easily get out of whack. Thankfully, there are so many easy things you can do to get your gut health back on track that there's no reason not to take action now. Let's take a closer look at 5 ways to jump-start your digestive health!

1. Drink Plenty of Water

Water isn't only essential for urinary health, your body needs water to help flush waste, both liquid and solid in nature. The amount of water you need to drink each day depends on your weight and activity level. A good rule of thumb is to divide your weight by two and then drink that many ounces of water each day. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds, you would need to drink at least 60 ounces of water each day. Sounds like a lot, but that equals 7 1/2 (measured) cups, or a little less than 2 liters, a day. If you're very active, you will need to drink more.

2. Eat Enough Fiber

Fiber is also important for digestive health. When you don't eat enough fiber, your body isn't able to get rid of much waste as it could. In other words, fiber is nature's broom. Fiber can be found in beans, fruits, and vegetables as well as in whole grains. Women should strive to get 25 grams per day, where men need 30 to 38 grams. If you have trouble getting that much fiber per day, consider snacks that have added fiber.

3. Add Foods That Contain Good Bacteria

You want to include foods in your diet that contain good bacteria. Yogurt is a great example, but there are a number of fermented foods that will add beneficial bacteria to your digestive system. Foods like kefir, miso, kombucha, kimchi, tempeh, apple cider vinegar, and pickles all contain great probiotics.

4. Cook with Ghee

Put simply, ghee is a form of clarified butter where the water and milk solids have been separated from the milk fat. Ghee is good for digestive health and is often used in cleansing to remove toxins. You can make ghee yourself (check out my recipe here) or purchase pre-made ghee.

5. Take a Probiotic

Last, but not least, quite possibly the easiest thing you can do to improve digestive health is to take a probiotic. Probiotics are simple to add to your routine and will add billions of bacteria to your digestive system.

Nature Made Dual Action Probiotic + Energy‡† B12 Gummies contains 4 Billion probiotic cells or CFU* per serving that helps support digestive health and vitamin B12 which supports cellular energy production.† Probiotic naturally helps support digestive health

Having them in a great-tasting gummies doesn't hurt anything, either.

I got my probiotics at Kroger and Nature Made has lots of probiotic formulas so you can find the one that's just right for you. Check out all of their probiotic formulas here or stop by the Supplement section near the Pharmacy in your Kroger the next time you're grocery shopping.

You'll find the Probiotics in a section of their own, usually near the Nature Made supplements section. Look for the bright yellow bottle with the Nature Made logo.

Digestive health is essential for overall health. If your digestive system is out of whack, there's a good chance you won't feel well. Thankfully, there are so many easy things you can do to take care of your digestive health!


Do you need to jump-start your digestive health? Are you currently taking a probiotic? I love to read your comments!

‡ Vitamin B12 supports cellular energy production†

* Formulated to provide at least 4 billion live cells per serving if continuously stored in a cool, dry place at or below 75 degrees F (23 degrees Celsius) and consumed prior to expiration date. Storage and handling conditions can vary, and may affect the total amount of cells delivered at time of consumption.
† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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