Do you have constipation, gas, bloating, diarrhea or heartburn?
If you answered yes to any of the above mentioned troubles there are simple ways to start changing how you are feeling.
- More fruit and vegetables, less red meat.
- More whole foods, less processed foods.
- Drink freshly squeezed lemons or limes in spring or filtered water first thing in the morning. This is alkalizing and helps to clean the stomach of any residual debris.
- Do not ignore the urge to have a bowel movement. Listen to your body.
- Eat more fiber (#1)
- Skip the NSAID’s/non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs. Regular use of these drugs can cause ulcers in the digestive tract.
- Be careful of use and overuse of other drugs that create digestive problems. For example, antibiotics can strip your gut of good bacteria and you may end up with a case of C-difficile.
- Drink a cup of water 20 minutes before you eat to stimulate digestive fluids in you stomach.
- Don’t overeat. Sip water with meals. Eat until you are 1/3 full with 1/3 for fluids and 1/3 for digestion.
- Use herbs for digestion such as Fennel Seed.
- Take your time and really chew-chew-chew. Your body can use energy for other things if you chew your food instead of relying on acid and enzymes.
- Eat slowly to enjoy each bite; you will avoid swallowing air while you eat.
- Take laxatives infrequently if possible; your body becomes reliant on them and they are habit forming. Drink plenty of water to help reduce constipation. (half your body weight in ounces = daily water requirement)
- Smoking and drinking can cause ulcers and heartburn which contribute to digestive distress.
- Don’t be afraid to enlist the help of a specialist (gastroenterologist). You may want to get a referral from a friend or relative. Remember that they are there to diagnose and treat, prevention lies in your hands.
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