My digestion tips
I hear so many people complaining about digestive issues these days that it has almost become a common and acceptable problem to have. We need to realize that it is most definitely not normal to have these problems and we should be able to digest our food properly and not suffer any pain or discomfort. How we are digesting our food and how often we are going to the bathroom is a great indication as to what is happening inside our body and how in balance or in tune we are.
If our digestion is not working as well as it should be, we can become toxic and malnourished. You might begin to feel fatigued, sluggish or bloated.
There is so much information out there on what to do and what not to do that it can be very overwhelming. It is important to remember that everyone is different and what works for one person may not work for you.
So here are a few easy and natural things to try out and see what works for you:
· Drink plenty of water (filtered if possible). Try to drink in between your meals, rather than with your meal.
· Get moving, get active and get outside in the fresh air. Mix up your exercise too and try new things.
· Clean up your diet – cut the processed food and increase the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat every day. Try to eat fruit in between meals though, they ferment in your stomach and can interfere with digestion if you have other food in your stomach. You can try cut out dairy and/or red meat for a few days and see what happens.
· Make sure you have some good fats in your diet – olive oil, avocado, fish oils, nuts and seeds.
· Include pineapple in your diet – great for digestive enzymes.
· Don’t throw away your orange pith – the white coating on your orange or mandarin has just as much vitamin C as the actual fruit, plus the pith is very good for your intestinal wall and general digestive health.
· Consume fiber every day.
· Practise yoga – all twisting poses are great for rinsing out your digestive system and also taking long deep breaths right down into your belly.
· Aloe vera water– have this on an empty stomach as it cleanses your digestive system.
· Probiotics – so important to increase the amount of good bacteria in your gut to promote healthy function and absorption of nutrients. I have been using Usana probiotics and have seen some great results.
· Magnesium – this helps muscle tone and muscle contraction, which can improve movement through your bowels.
· Fish oils – help with all metabolic processes and are generally just good for everything. Be sure you are having a decent brand, I recommend Usana. Contact me if you would like to make an order and purchase Usana products with a discount. (stepheinhorn.usana.com)
· Chew your food properly and take your time to eat your meal, there is no rush.
· A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a bit of water about 5 minutes before your meal will send a message to your stomach to release digestive enzymes, which will help break down your food better.
· Drink rooibos tea – it is full of antioxidants and minerals so is great after a meal. Also try peppermint and chamomile.
· Listen to your body and avoid any food or drinks that cause discomfort, they obviously aren’t agreeing with you right now. This doesn't mean you will never be able to have them again, you might just need a break from them.
· Make sure you are getting enough sleep. Try to get to bed by 10pm, every hour you are asleep before midnight counts as 2 hours sleep.
· Consider an emotional connection to your digestion. It is no secret now that our brain and our gut are in constant communication with each other, in other words, our gut feels our emotions. If you struggle to go to the toilet, is there something in your life that you can’t let go of? A person, a job, a situation, an emotion? What are you holding on to? If you have an upset stomach and unformed stools – are you worrying about something, do you have a busy mind and tend to over think things?
· Stress plays a huge factor in our digestion so try to keep it under control as much as possible. Ever notice how when you go on holiday, you don’t have to think about your digestion as much, everything seems to settle down, no matter what you are eating. That’s because you simply aren’t as stressed! Try meditation and mindfulness.
· Try not over thinking it all and just let it be.
If your symptoms persist, it is important that you see your doctor for blood and stool tests in case you have a virus, bacteria or parasite.
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