Your digestive system is a key component of your overall health. Gut health affects your immune system and more.
In fact, research has found that your gut not only controls 70% of your immune health but also controls so many functions that it is often referred to as a second brain!
What are the symptoms of an unhealthy digestive system?
Do you suffer from the following symptoms on a daily or weekly basis?
It’s normal to experience an occasional issue after a big meal or poorly cooked food. However, if you experience these symptoms on a daily basis, then it’s time to talk to a doctor.
If you’ve been feeling “off” lately, the good news is that you can take action to heal your gut and strengthen your overall health.
Try these strategies for gut healing and to maintain a healthy gut:
1. Check your medications.
Certain medications can negatively affect your digestive system.
• If you’re experiencing a side effect from one of your medications that is related to your digestive system, discuss it with your doctor. You may be able to adjust the medications that cause digestive issues.
• If you’ve taken antibiotics, be aware that they affect digestive systems.
2. Check for food allergies.
Not all food allergies are easy to detect.
• You may have a food allergy or sensitivity that is hurting your digestive system. Your body is unique, and you may not have all the symptoms that are typical.
• If you suspect a food allergy is present, discuss it with your doctor.
3. Remove sugar and refined carbohydrates.
Bacteria in your digestive system can feed on the sugar and refined carbohydrates and create issues.
If you want to heal your gut health, it’s important to change your diet.
Cutting out sugar and refined carbohydrates is the first step to strengthening your gut health. You’ll reduce yeast growth in the gut and other unpleasant issues.
4. Add fiber.
Your digestive system needs fiber to function properly. Using natural sources of fiber usually works the best. Nuts, vegetables, beans, and whole grains have the fiber you need.
5. Try digestive enzymes.
Your gut may be lacking the necessary enzymes to digest your food effectively. Your doctor or pharmacy can recommend supplements that help restore your enzymes.
6. Try probiotics.
Probiotics can help you heal your gut and may help you feel better. Probiotics are the “good” bacteria that live in our bodies and help our bodies maintain a healthy balance.
• You can find probiotics in a variety of fermented foods such as kimchi and kombucha. You can also find them in yogurts and other items.
○ Lactobacillus acidophilus
○ Lactobacillus casei
○ Lactobacillus rhamnosus
○ Lactobacillus plantarum
○ Lactobacillus paracasei
○ Lactobacillus brevis
○ Lactobacillus bulgaricus
○ Streptococcus thermophilus
7. Avoid fast food and processed food.
These foods have high levels of salt and fat, and can make your gut feel worse.
8. Chew carefully.
Not chewing your food properly can hurt your gut as well.
Chewing gives saliva a chance to mix digestive enzymes with the food before you even swallow it. This helps your gut break down the food easier.
Experts recommend chewing each bite of food at least 20 times.
9. Warm up your food.
Eating cold food puts more stress on your digestive system.
10. Sit down to eat.
Relax! Take time to enjoy your food, rather than hurrying through your meal.
If you’re experiencing digestive issues, discuss them with your doctor or health practitioner. Your digestive system may be able to heal on its own. Following these healing tips will help you return your gut back to a healthier state and then maintain your gut health.