Give Your Digestive System The Love It Deserves!
Does your stomach speak louder than you do? Are you plagued by bloating? How many times have you said ‘oh it’s just something I ate’ when your tummy has been acting up?
By simply being more aware of the choices we make, we can start eliminating the uncomfortable symptoms that go hand in hand with an unhappy digestive system, – explains Holistic Nutritionist Elizabeth Montgomery.
A healthy gut is a happy gut, and the key to this is bacteria – the good kind! Good bacteria help us digest our food more effectively and keep things running smoothly. Eating too much sugar, processed food, animal protein and drinking excess alcohol can kill off your good bacteria and make for an ideal environment for bad bacteria to multiply.
To shift the balance of power, why not embark on a detox this spring to boost your immune system. Try to incorporate more raw foods into your diet such as garlic, green salads, artichokes and green juices, and add some live yogurt (preferably non-dairy) to your daily snacks.
Combining the right types of foods is another effective way to look after your digestion. Certain foods are broken down by different digestive enzymes and some food combinations can leave us feeling bloated, constipated and sluggish.
It’s a good idea not to combine carbohydrates and dense proteins so stay away from pasta and cheese, egg and bread and instead add some steamed veggies to your meal. If you are upping your fruit intake remember to eat it on an empty stomach or first thing in the morning to gently kick-start your digestive system.
When we are stressed our hormones can go haywire and this has a negative impact on our digestion too. Take some time for yourself every day to calm your mind and your tummy will thank you for it. Gentle exercise such as yoga can relieve stress levels allowing your body to focus on what it needs to do.
By following these simple tips and making small adjustments to your lifestyle, you’ll be amazed at how great you feel and bloating, wind and heartburn can start to be a thing of the past!
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