How is your gut feeling?
When you improve your diet and the way you prepare food, you are likely to improve your overall health.
Your body can only construct itself from the things you put into it. In other words, you really are what you eat, and food is information.
When you improve your diet and the way you prepare food, you are likely to improve your overall health. In fact, health problems not normally associated with the gastrointestinal system are often related to poor digestive health. Chronic fatigue, chronic pain and yeast infections are just a few examples.
We all occasionally suffer from bloating, constipation, indigestion or other signs of gut trouble. Fortunately, it only takes a few changes to improve your GI health.
How can you help your gut do its job right?
Eat better. Stick with a mostly plantbased diet with as few processed foods as possible. Reduce portion sizes, and try adding fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt and kefir, which aid digestion.
Relax. The gut works poorly under stress. Take one or two minutes before you eat to breathe and calm your mind. This readies the body for a meal.
Supplement? Healthy people usually don't need supplements. However, supplements such as probiotics and bromelain (an enzyme derived from pineapples) have been shown to help people with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory bowel diseases. A special form of licorice may help people with gastroesophogeal reflux disease.
Diet and lifestyle changes aren't always enough for people with advanced gastrointestinal disease. Complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, hypnosis and biofeedback can help as well.