With our hectic and stressful lifestyles, it’s no wonder that we get tummy troubles from time to time. It seems that our gut health is the one thing that we tend to overlook, yet it is one of the things that we really should be taking care of.
This article will look at different natural ways to overcome common stomach-related issues such as weight gain, bloating, and digestion problems. After all, a happy gut is a healthy gut.
Stress has a lot to answer for and is one of the main causes of health problems, particularly when it comes to your gut and digestive system. For some people, stress slows down their digestive system, causing stomach pain, cramps, bloating, and constipation (which is one of the health symptoms men should not ignore). Yet, in others, stress has the opposite effect and speeds up their digestive system, which can result in frequent trips to the restroom due to diarrhea.
Stress can also worsen the symptoms of problems such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and stomach ulcers, both of which can be painful and debilitating. Look at ways to calm your mind and body during the day, such as meditation or yoga, and keep mealtimes a happy and relaxed time.
Various spices, herbs, and plant extracts have been used for centuries because they are promoted as natural healers for all manner of ailments, particularly stomach complaints. In Ayurvedic (Indian) and Chinese medicine, most of their treatments are made up of natural herbs and spices. With thousands of years of proven results, it is definitely something worth considering.
Ginger and Chamomile teas have been proven to help your digestion system and gut health. Alternatively, you can get better digestion with apple cider gummies. The amino acids contained in apple cider vinegar can help with the digestion of starch, allowing the starch to reach the intestines and help to keep the (good) bacteria in your gut healthy.
Apple cider vinegar is also a great appetite suppressant, so if you are looking to lose a few kilos after over-indulging over Thanksgiving and Christmas, then these could be the natural supplement you should consider taking.
Gas and bloating can be painful and embarrassing, depending on how you get rid of them. Gas is a natural part of a healthy digestive tract, is caused by swallowing air when you eat or drink, and is released either through your mouth when you belch or when you pass wind.
You’ve probably noticed that some foods make you feel gassier when you’ve eaten, so if you do have a gas problem, then perhaps changing your diet slightly could help. Vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, sprouts, and cauliflower are all guilty suppliers of gas, so eating these in moderation should help to sort out your gas problems.
As we mentioned above, gas and bloating can be caused by swallowing air when you eat and drink, typically when you are eating too quickly. Slowing down your eating habits should help with bloating and gas, and you could even start to enjoy your meals more if you apply some of the practices of mindful eating as well.
Chewing slowly and thinking about each mouthful of your food before you even put the fork in your mouth can significantly reduce the amount of air swallowed, thus decreasing the ratio of air to food in your digestive tract.
Again, it’s the bubbles in the carbonated water that manufacturers use to make fizzy drinks that can play havoc with our digestive system and increase the risks of gas, bloating, and heartburn. If you’ve ever had it, heartburn is caused when the acid in your stomach comes back up through your throat and can result in pain in the chest area, which can often be mistaken for a heart attack.
Swap fizzy drinks for natural fruit juices or water, and this should help alleviate future attacks.
With a healthy and balanced diet, using natural supplements, and good hydration, you should be able to keep your digestive system healthy.
There’s an old adage that is “Always trust your gut,” and this couldn’t be truer as it is your body’s way of telling you that there is something wrong. Nonetheless, with a few small diet and lifestyle changes, you should be able to keep your gut happy and yourself healthy.
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