A healthy digestive system is a happy digestive system — one that will reward you with better overall health, less sickness and even brighter, more radiant skin. There are a few good tips to keep in mind when trying to improve your digestion, including drinking more water, taking a daily probiotic supplement, exercising regularly and eating more of these four foods, which will help improve your digestive system.

  1. Celery Not only does celery contain a great deal of water, which helps flush out the toxins in your digestive tract, it’s also made up of equal parts soluble and insoluble fiber and there just so happens to be a bacteria in the large intestine that ferments some of the soluble fiber in this crunchy veggie. As a result, a short-chain of fatty acids is produced that helps fight inflammation in the large intestine and leads to overall better digestive health. Whether you get your fill of celery as a raw vegetable dipped in hummus or in soups and stews, it’s one food to incorporate more of in your daily diet.
  2. Ginger It’s a spice that pairs well with a variety of dishes, and it’s great to know that ginger is also a food that has been used for thousands of years to aid digestion and strengthen the body’s immune system. Ginger tea can help relieve gas and adding a few slivers of ginger to any meal will assist your body in absorbing all of the nutrients from food (something that doesn’t always happen).
  3. Coconut Both coconut and coconut oil have myriad health and digestion benefits that include helping the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins, magnesium and calcium. Other incredible benefits you’ll get from this delicious fruit include destroying candida yeast in the gut and helping to make foods with omega-3 fatty acids twice as effective in your body.
  4. Chia Seeds They may be teeny, but chia seeds are packed with omega-3s and anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and even anti-cancer phytochemicals. These little seeds, which can easily be added to yogurt or smoothies, aid digestion by providing 11 grams of fiber in one ounce. This fiber helps keep bowel movements regular and can even act like a prebiotic that supports the growth of probiotics in your gut.

This story was originally published on SheFinds.