How can intestinal function be stimulated and is it important?
If the intestine does not work properly, this may burden you. Therefore, a balanced intestinal function is the basis for our overall well-being. An unhealthy lifestyle may promote such intestinal symptoms.
Nowadays nutrition contains too little fibre. According to German data from the National Consumption Study II, 75% of women and 68% of men have a fibre intake below the guideline of at least 30 g per day. Too little fibre makes the intestine lazy, since the fibre’s job is to promote intestinal function by binding water. This ensures physiologically normal intestinal transit and prevents the stool from becoming too hard. Fibres need liquid to swell. The recommended intake of liquid per day per human is 2,5 litres. Sadly, this does not include the daily beer or the occasional glass of wine, but you can enjoy these on top.
To a certain extent, you can positively influence intestinal symptoms yourself. For example, through more relaxation in everyday life or an individual diet that is good for you. In general, just listen to your body and learn to recognize factors, which might trigger your symptoms. You may choose one of the following changes for you. What works in the end varies from person to person:
Avoid too much stress and find a balance to your professional life. Try some suitable “soft” sports such as yoga or walking.
It doesn't always have to be the gym. Often it’s sufficient to integrate more exercise into your everyday life, such as taking the stairs, going for a walk during lunch break or cycling for short distances.
Regular mealtimes also lead to regular digestion in many people. Try not to miss a meal. Some people can better tolerate five smaller dishes over the course of the day than, for example, two very large ones - try what suits you and stick with it.
Take your time for each and every meal and do not gobble up, but chew thoroughly and enjoy it
Avoid processed foods, which are high in additives, trans fats and artificial sweeteners. Instead eat more whole foods with essential nutrients and vitamins
It is not a question of going without chips and pizza for ever and ever, but of having a healthy focus. In a nutshell: Try eating lots of vegetables, replace white flour products with wholemeal products, a little healthy vegetable oil and a handful of fruit each day- that's all you need for a start. A few food components, by the way, are considered to be particularly gut-friendly – dietary fibre, prebiotics and probiotics. You can read more about them here: