It’s estimated that 99% of people deal with a digestive ailment. Think you don’t fall in that category? 

Those issues that you’re dealing with but can’t seem to find an answer to may actually be the result of a silent gut problem- anxiety/depression, joint pain, fatigue, weight gain, skin issues, low thyroid function, brain fog, poor immunity, the list goes on…

So what can you do about it? Lots! So much of your digestive health is within your control. Here are a few tips that you can start incorporating right now to improve your digestion. And as simple as they may seem, they can make a huge difference in your health!

1. Eat without distractions. If you are eating in a stressed or distracted state, your body won’t be able to properly digest the foods that you’re eating! So slow down, sit down, and enjoy your food!

2. Chew your food thoroughly. The whole point of digestion is to break your food down into tiny particles so they can be absorbed into your bloodstream. The more broken down your food is when it hits your stomach, the easier the entire process of digestion will be!

3. Eat real food. Start reading ingredient labels, or better yet, eat foods that don’t need ingredient labels at all! If you do know what that color/flavoring/preservative is, your body probably doesn’t know what it is either. Eating real foods helps your body digest and absorb all those amazing nutrients.

4. Eat enough fiber. While it is recommended that everyone gets around 30 grams of fiber in their diet, 97% of adults don’t get enough! Not only is fiber great for your digestive system, but it can also regulate blood sugar levels, support the cardiovascular system, and help maintain a healthy weight.

Ultimately, we want to get fiber (and other nutrients our body needs) from foods like avocados, pears, artichokes, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, lentils, chia seeds, and flax seeds.

If you need a little extra support, I’m obsessed with doTERRA’s Fiber. It has a lemon-apple flavor that is delicious (no thick, chalky supplements here)! I’ll have a glass in the afternoon when I’m craving a sweet treat.

Note – adding too much fiber too quickly can cause bloating and digestive discomfort. Drink lots of water and add this into your routine slowly.

Watch this webinar to dive deeper into managing stress and prioritizing restful sleep:

New to doTERRA? This custom kit is a great place to start when it comes to supporting your digestive system: