Ease Digestive Problems Naturally to Feel Better and Stay Healthier
You may think that a little tummy trouble is no big deal. Or, maybe you have digestive issues on a regular basis and have come to think of it as a fact of life. However minor or severe, the reality is that having digestive problems is an uncomfortable reality for far too many people. Your gut health is linked to so much more than what goes on in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which is why you don’t want to ignore those tummy aches. Instead of suffering every day, try these all-natural ways to get your system back in balance.
What’s Happening in Your Gut?
In order to understand why you have digestive issues and how to fix them, it helps to know how the GI system works. The digestive system is complex, with each organ playing a different role in helping your body absorb nutrients and eliminate waste. According to the Cleveland Clinic, one of the most common digestive problems is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and symptoms can include constipation or diarrhea (often with the two alternating), bloating, gas, and painful cramping. Even for those who haven’t been diagnosed with IBS, most of us have at least some of these problems at some point in our lives.
How Can You Restore Gut Health?
Digestive ailments pop up when something in your gut is out of balance. A lack of certain nutrients, emotional factors, inflammation, and an unhealthy microbiome are all possible sources of this imbalance. Fortunately, natural remedies and some simple lifestyle changes can usually restore that balance and bring you some relief.
Use Natural Supplements
● Probiotics: Some digestive issues arise from an unhealthy microbiome, which means having the right “good” bacteria in your gut. Taking probiotic supplements can keep your microbiome healthy and aid in digestion. Gut health is also linked to your immune system and mental health, so balancing this out can improve your overall health.
● Herbs: Plants are powerful medicine, and there are several herbs that support your digestive organs. According to Conscious Lifestyle Magazine, some of the top herbal supplements for digestion include artichoke, dandelion, and ginger.
Eat a Gut Health Diet
Your GI system’s function is to process the food you eat, so it should come as no surprise that choosing foods wisely is a key way to improve GI health. For a diet that’s good for gut health, try to balance meals with healthy fats, lean protein, and lots of vegetables. A balanced diet will make sure you get plenty of fiber and proper nutrients. Many people don’t get enough magnesium, which you can take as a supplement, but it is also plentiful in leafy greens, nuts, and beans. You can also add good bacteria to your gut by eating foods such as yogurt, wild salmon, garlic, and sourdough bread.
Of course, you know that exercise is good for overall health, and now you can add gut health to the list of reasons why exercise is so beneficial. Research has shown that regular exercise reduces inflammatory damage in your gut, which is one of the primary issues for people who have IBS. There is also a strong link between gut health and emotions. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety, it also helps ease tummy trouble.
There’s no denying that digestive ailments are painful and disruptive to life. Despite that, so many people assume they just have to live with it. And while it may take some time to fix, committing to these natural solutions can help you feel better once and for all.
The Low Fodmap Diet
FODMAPs is an acronym (abbreviation) referring to Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. These are complex names for a collection of molecules found in food, that can be poorly absorbed by some people. When the molecules are poorly absorbed in the small intestine of the digestive tract, these molecules then continue along their journey along the digestive tract, arriving at the large intestine, where they act as a food source to the bacteria that live there normally. The bacteria then digest/ferment these FODMAPs and can cause symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome include abdominal bloating and distension, excess wind (flatulence), abdominal pain, nausea, changes in bowel habits (diarrhoea, constipation, or a combination of both), and other gastro-intestinal symptoms.
The Low Fodmap diet can help identify which foods are causing symptoms of IBS. Please see a dietitian for support at implementing this diet.
By Dylan Foster