Tuning your tummy
It all starts within the gut. This incredible internal system thrives on friendly probiotic bacteria to function effectively and support proper digestion. The key is to maintain balanced flora because when it is out of synch we can become quite unwell.
Imbalance is common, especially given the combination of everyday stresses and processed foods that can cause havoc on your mind, body and indeed the stomach.
Symptoms may include: fatigue, gas, bloating, constipation, abdominal pain and even nutrient deficiencies.
Here are some helpful tips to restore digestive health and wellbeing:
Take a daily dose of helpful bacteria to support the stomach. Great natural sources include: plain yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and other fermented foods. Supplements are also available at the pharmacy, health and grocery stores.
We may need this at times to rid the stomach of bad bacteria that fuel illness. Just beware it also kills the good bacteria too – this can leave the stomach vulnerable. Best to only take antibiotics when necessary and include probiotic supplementation to keep everything in balance.
In general it is a good idea to reduce refined sugar in your diet as it causes many issues including: inflammation, hormonal imbalance, cognitive impairment and weight problems. It also encourages the growth of bad bacteria hindering efficiency in your gut.
Eating more fibre rich foods like: wholegrains, fruits, vegetables and pulses supports metabolism and cleans the bowel of toxins. Also, it encourages the growth of good bacteria in the colon helping with overall digestive process.
There is a strong brain to gut connection – when stressed, cognitive messages are sent to the gut in the form of chemicals that affects how well digestion works. Therefore, it is so important to take the time and be in a relaxed state when we eat.
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