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Keep Your Healthy Digestive Tract

Q: What are some “tricks” to keeping the digestive tract healthy?

A: The most important thing you need to do is eat a healthy, well-balanced diet that includes plenty of fiber, such as whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables, which helps to regulate your bowels.

According to the American Dietetic Association, you need to eat at least 20 to 35 grams of fiber a day. Most people consume only 14 to 15 grams per day.

Q: What are some things people can do to combat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?

A: Some tips to help prevent GERD symptoms include:

• Not eating a couple of hours before you go to bed

• Not consuming large portions of food

• Ceasing alcohol consumption and smoking

Q: What are your thoughts on colonics?

A: Colonics (cleansing the colon with water) can be used to help those who do not have regular bowel movements. However, they should only be used in moderation.

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