Is this you? “I always feel bloated after meals.” “Diarrhoea and constipation is an everyday occurrence for me.” “I think I have a food intolerance but I’ve never sought medical help.” Bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and constipation is your body’s way of telling you something isn’t right.
What’s happening internally when you feel the bloat?
Imagine your stomach is a bag of microwave popcorn. Inside the bag are cells that look a lot like corn. The corn is sitting in the bag doing their thing - they’re happy, functioning as they should and are a healthy, normal size.
Then you ingest what your body perceives as a toxin. All your cells react immediately, swelling just like corn does when you heat it up in the microwave. The corn slowly expands, filling the bag causing it to open at the top and release steam.
The same thing is happening inside your stomach with your cells. Your cells have become irritated and have swollen to protect your vital organs by trapping the toxins in the cells alongside fluid. This is why you sometimes experience pain, gas and discomfort all the way down your digestive tract.
Your immune system is doing everything it can to protect you from a perceived threat, which may happen to be an additive or a slice of bread. For many people, this immune response has
become an everyday occurrence. If this is happening to you on a regular basis, it’s time you prioritised your digestive health.
Here are three steps you can take to improve your gut health
Listen to your body
Everybody is different and so what affects one person may not affect you. That’s why it is important that you trial going without different food groups for short periods of time and use a diary to monitor symptoms. Don’t cut out entire food groups or go on a restrictive diet without seeking medical and professional advice first.
Stay away from processed foods
Pre-packaged food and ready-made meals contain high amounts of additives, preservatives and toxins that can damage your digestive system. Where possible, make meals, sauces and drinks from scratch using fresh, wholesome ingredients and make sure you’re getting enough fruit vegetables, grains and nuts in your diet.
Help restore your gut health with natural supplements and digestive aids
Taking supplements like probiotics and ensuring your diet contains anti-inflammatory foods like ginger, turmeric and Vitamin C will help reduce bad bacteria living in your digestive system. Other organic herbs like peppermint, spearmint, calendula and liquorice and marshmallow root have traditionally been used together to improve digestion and liver function by assisting with the detoxification process. Drinking these ingredients in a tea is a great way to reduce bloating, bowel inflammation and regulate your bowels after every meal.
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