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How can fluids help with digestion?

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Water and other fluids such as soup, broth, and juice can help ease things through your system.

Not a soup fan? Try herbal tea or water with a slice of cucumber, lemon, or lime. Or anything, really, as long as it doesn’t have alcohol (which dehydrates you) or too much caffeine (which can stimulate your intestines too much).

If you favor fizzy drinks, keep in mind that they increase stomach acid, which gives some people heartburn.

From: 9 Tips for Smooth Digestion WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center: "Indigestion."

NHS Choices: "Good foods to help your digestion."

Dhingra, D. , June 2012. Journal of Food Science and Technology

American College of Gastroenterology: "Digestive Health Tips."

Family Doctor.org: "Fiber: How to Increase the Amount in Your Diet."

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Follow a Healthy Diet to Relieve IBS Symptoms."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

SOURCES:

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center: "Indigestion."

NHS Choices: "Good foods to help your digestion."

Dhingra, D. , June 2012. Journal of Food Science and Technology

American College of Gastroenterology: "Digestive Health Tips."

Family Doctor.org: "Fiber: How to Increase the Amount in Your Diet."

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Follow a Healthy Diet to Relieve IBS Symptoms."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

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