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1. There’s a simple formula for building a healthy digestive system: fiber, fluid, and exercise. Nutritionists say to get about 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories you eat. Foods high in fiber include apples (with the peel), beans, high-fiber cereal, whole grain sandwiches, baked potatoes (pref. with the peel), and berries with seeds. Yogurt with a handful of granola sprinkled in is also good for digestive health. But don’t forget to drink plenty of water. Beth Pinkos, dietician, says, “When you get plenty of fiber and not enough fluid, it’s like putting superglue in your gut,” especially when the weather warms up and you start sweating more. She says that sports drinks are really just sugary drinks, as are juices. Try to get the majority of your fluids from water. And “exercise just helps keep things moving along, as opposed to when you’re sitting there,” says Pinkos. “Any physical activity will stimulate activity in the gastrointestinal tract and help you to digest your food better.”

2. “Everything in moderation. Except awesome. You can never have too much Awesome.” Anon.

3. “Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.” Victor Hugo

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