Tired of feeling heavy, bloated, or have low energy? Learn natural ways to combat this, quickly
Paying more attention to when/how/what we eat can serve many purposes besides just avoiding the digestive discomfort. It’s great if you’re stressed, high blood pressure, and other gastrointestinal difficulties.
Eating with a mindful approach includes being present with your food which is noticing the colours, smells, flavours, and textures of the food. Chewing slowly, getting rid of distractions (phone, tv), and even learning to cope with guilt and anxiety about food.
It’s suppose to work on the mind-gut connection, which is incredibly important.
Digestion involves a complex series of hormonal signals between the gut and your nervous system. It takes approximately about 20 minutes to feel full once you’ve started eating. If you’re like most people to eat quickly, the fullness signal may show up after you crushed your food.
If you’re eating stressed, either physically or emotionally, it may slow down digestion which can results in gas, bloating, and an uncomfortable feeling in the abdomen. If you’re not digesting well you’re missing out on the full nutritional value of the food.
Eat before you’re starving
Trying to slow down when you’re starving is pretty hard to do! Try to do your best to avoid that by having “emergency snacks” at your desk, purse, or car. It makes it hard to enjoy and taste your food when your hormones say get the food in as fast as you can.
Having water before you have your meal can help minimize any overeating that you might do. Most people don’t get enough water, so this hits two birds with one stone.
“Hara Hachi Bu”
A Japanese phrase that was made popular from the national geographic article on longevity from the people of Okinawa, Japan. It’s a principle of eating and you only eat until you’re 80% full. Your body uses hormones to tell you when you’re full, the hormones just happen to be a little bit slower.
Your momma said chew your food
Chew, Chew, and keep chewing. There’s a few reasons for this 1) You have a enzyme in your mouth to help breakdown part of your food. 2) It decreases the amount your stomach has to work to “mechanically” break down food. 3) It makes it easier to digest.
Give yourself a boost – Supplement
Give your body a break with a digestive enzyme. Our bodies produce digestive enzymes naturally but there are circumstances that they don’t work as well as they should. These digestive enzymes can help with eating trouble foods, think ice cream, beans, brussel sprouts, or fatty meals.
3 main types of digestive enzymes
Amylase: breaks down starches and carbs into sugar(energy)
Proteases: breaks down proteins into amino acids
Lipases: breaks down fats and oils into glycerol and fatty acids
Some foods that we eat contain naturally digesting enzymes, such as pineapple and papaya.
Other great digestive helpers
This is our go to for any digestive upset, we love it as a digestive calm tea. We find it great for gas and bloating. If you suffer from heartburn or acid reflux, be careful – it might worsen your symptoms.
We’re aware this isn’t a sexy option but boy does it help! It’s better as a prevention rather than something to do after an accident. Our favourite is flax seed but psyllium husk is another good option to normalize your poops from constipation, diarrhea, or even IBS.
DGL or Deglycyrrhizinated licorice
Indigestion, acid reflux, or stomach ulcer? DGL might be a fix. It can be soothing and supportive of the tissues of the stomach. Not to be confused with “licorice root” though, which would raise your blood pressure.
Get checked out or make a change.
If a few of these suggestions don’t work, you may need a larger change or to see a health professional for a professional check up.
Chronic digestive symptoms can potentially be caused by more serious problems. Sluggish thyroid, structural problems (hiatal hernia (stomach) or adhesions), food sensitivities, or autoimmune disease.
Watch out for the wrong bugs though, it can also be a hidden problem from yeast overgrowth, parasites, or bacteria.
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