Top 9 Ways to Get Rid of Digestive Problems

Top 9 Ways to Get Rid of Digestive Problems

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 7 Apr 2016 - 10:18

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Suffering from frequent stomach upsets and digestive problems?  Consider correcting your lifestyle, including healthy eating habits, and choosing the right foods to eat. Some foods that promote optimal digestive health include lots of fibre-rich fruits, grains and vegetables, yogurt and fluids. According to David Grotto, a certified dietician who authored 101 Optimal Life Foods, “Making the right choices in your diet is your best assurance of keeping your digestive system running smoothly,” but it doen't end there. A healthy diet and regular exercise can do a lot of good for your entire body, than you can imagine.

9 Tips for a Healthy Gut

1.        Beat Stress

Have you experienced that uneasy feeling in your tummy, especially when you’re stressed out? That’s caused by anxiety and worry, both of which disturb your digestive process to a great extent. While it slows down the digestive process causing pain, constipation and bloating in some people, it accelerates the process causing diarrhoea in some others. It could also lead to other conditions like irritable bowel syndrome or peptic ulcers.

Quick Tip: Next time you’re worried/stressed/unhappy, avoid eating. Keep mealtimes relaxed and happy and avoid arguments at the dinner table.

2.      Quit Smoking

Smoking can cause an irritable condition called as reflux, wherein the stomach acids travel in the reverse direction, up the oesophagus. This is because the muscles controlling the lower end of the gut get weakened due to smoking. Reflux also causes heartburn, aggravating inflammatory bowel conditions.

Quick Tip: Smoking causes a host of digestive problems, including stomach cancer. Keep away from it as much as you can.

3.      Eat Slow & Steady

Eating on-the-move or at-the-desk has become part and parcel of our fast-paced lives. This is not good as it causes us to quickly gulp down food to get to that urgent meeting or to sit before the idiot box for your favourite program. This actually creates havoc in your digestive system as there are several stomach functions which are directly related to your food and the way in which you eat it.

Quick Tip: Never rush your food down the gut. Do not overeat, but eat limited and healthy. Never skip your meals and make sure you have plenty of liquids.

4.      Encourage Family Time

Give thanks for the food you eat and savour the flavours of the dish. Let mealtime be family time and not TV time. Robin Neilson, a famous nutritionist suggests candle lighting as calming so as to out you to a mode of digestion. This breaks down food easily, thus making it easier to pass via the digestive system.

Quick Tip: Be mindful of the food that you eat. Chew slowly and relish the texture, its sweetness and juices that come out of it.

5.      Burn it

Physical activity works great for digestion by stimulating GI tract muscles, thus increasing your blood flow to all organs, ensuring their optimum function and keeping your colon walls perfectly toned. Set aside couple of minutes for daily exercises like crunches as they strengthen your abdominal muscles, besides impacting your appearance as well.

Quick Tip: You could try walking, swimming, cycling, etc. You could also try climbing the staircase in your house or come up with a workout regime of your own. Simple walking is great to start with as it improves blood circulation throughout the body.

6.      Avoid Fat

Stay away from fried food and high-fat food as they are hard on the stomach and result in heartburn and acid reflux. According to Jessica Anderson, a diabetes educator, "The body can only handle so much at one time” High fat results in stools that are pale in colour, a condition called steatorrhea.

Quick Tip: Stick to low-fat meats (chicken, lean-cut port) and preferably zero calories. Cheese, butter and cream are a strict no-no. Choose low-fat/non-fat diary instead of whole milk. 

7.      Increase Fibre Intake

Fibre is a great choice for those looking for redemption from digestion problems. It acts like a traffic cop in ensuring smooth movement of stuff into your intestines. It keeps your blood sugar level even enough by slowing down the digestion process, so that glucose enters the system slowly.

Quick Tip: You can literally notice your stools softening and less painful when you include lots of fibres in your diet. Lack of fibre leads to gas, constipation, etc. So, if you don’t want to be a skunk, try fibres, your life-savers for the moment!

8.      Choose Probiotics

Probiotics are live microorganisms, similar to natural beneficial microorganisms (friendly bacteria) found naturally in the human gut. These “good bacteria” prevent and reduce various conditions, especially those affecting the gastrointestinal tract. They regulate the healthy bacteria content in your system and normalize bowel movements. Experts recommend a probiotic supplement at least for a minimum of twice per week. This is worth trying and you can make out the difference in the matter of weeks.

Quick Tip: Probiotics like Latero-Flora is good for replenishing your body, thanks to beneficial bacteria required by your digestive tract. VeganZyme is also great for digestive issues. Buttermilk is an excellent remedy to treat gas and indigestion. It digests milk easily as it contains more lactic acid.

9.      Drink Water like Crazy

Nothing can beat water when it comes to maintaining the overall health of your digestive system. As much as fibre intake is good for digestion, so is water. Ensure you have plenty of water after a workout/exercise session.  Many medical journals suggest that apple cider vinegar works amazingly in relieving discomfort due to gas and indigestion.

Quick Tip: Your stomach gets its much-required acid through Apple Cider Vinegar. For effective results, you could mix it with honey and water and treat indigestion. Have this solution 2 – 3 times every day.

Top Remedies for Optimum Digestive Health

Try out the following effective home remedies to treat digestion problems –

  • Coriander
  • Fennel Seeds
  • Cloves
  • Black Pepper
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Garlic
  • Herbal Tea
  • Lemon
  • Ginger
  • Cardamom
  • Warm Water

If you’re facing digestion problems frequently, consider the above mentioned tips and work on getting your health back to square one. Always remember, it’s what gets absorbed, rather than what’s eaten. Even if you have the best food possible, its beneficial effects get cancelled due to poor digestion. Make some lifestyle changes as well as dietary changes in order to support the health of your digestive system.

 

 

References:

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/digestive-health/Pages/lifestyle-tips.aspx

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/how-to-keep-your-diges...

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