Thursday, August 6, 2015

Healthy Body Healthy Gut !

Your body undergoes A LOT of stress. Majority of the stress is harvested within our bodies and primarily within our digestive and gut health. By protecting our gut health we are ensuring that we are getting the proper nutrient absorption while keeping a healthy balance of bacteria to increase our immune systems.
When we eat the small intestines does the majority of the nutritional breakdown as the nutrients are transported into the bloodstream. They then travel to the liver which creates glycogen from sugars and carbohydrates to give the body energy. The liver also removes toxins and chemicals such as alcohol by detoxifying these substances before they are removed as waste. The remaining material travels through the large intestine and colon before being eliminated from the body.
It's pretty amazing to believe that our bodies do wonderful things so why wouldn't we want to keep it in great health to function at an optimal level?
While we should avoid foods that we know don’t “agree with us,” those that make us constipated, bloated or gassy, we should also take light of these five key points:
1. Eat Healthy
-Avoid excessive alcohol consumption that can do irreparable damage the liver, esophagus and stomach lining.
-Drink plenty of water that aids with the absorption of nutrients and assists with the process of passing waste through the body and helps in preventing constipation.
-Make sure to get probiotics and prebiotics to help contribute to a healthier gut. Probiotics are good bacteria that supplement the good bacteria in your gut. You can get them from fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi. Prebiotics feed the good bacteria in your gut and are found in foods like raw onions and chicory root.
-Monitor your medications and take them only as directed as some of them can be very taxing on the digestive system. NSAID’s (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) and acedemediphine can cause serious stomach problems.
2. Moderation, Regulation & Slowly
-Slow down when you are eating, relax and chew your food carefully to ease unnecessary stress on your digestive system.
-Try to eat at regular times throughout the day and avoid overeating. This will help the digestive system to more efficiently process the foods we consume by preventing hunger and helping the stomach to prepare for our meals.
3. Exercise Regularly
-Regular cardiovascular exercise is not only healthy for our heart, it also helps to strengthen the muscles in our abdomen that assist with the digestive process. This helps to stimulate the muscles that push food through our digestive system and prevents it from becoming too tired and feeling overworked.
4. Stress Management
-Have you noticed when you are stressed out you’ll often have a tight feeling or burning sensation in your stomach? This is because stress affects nerves in the digestive system and can worsen or lead to problems like peptic ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome.
-Stress can also cause bloating, gas and constipation for some, while others may experience diarrhea and an urge to relieve themselves more often. Watery and loose stools may be a sign that all the important nutrients are not being absorbed by the digestive system. Learn ways to calm down here.
5. Stop Smoking or Don’t Start
-The dangers of smoking are more than the increased risk of cancer, heart disease and other cardiovascular problems, it can also lead to problems with digestion.
-Smoking reduces the pressure that exists at the junction located between the esophagus and stomach which can lead to acid reflux, heartburn and other problems.
-Smoking also aggravates inflammatory conditions in the bowel and worsens peptic ulcers. The threat of cancer is not only linked to the lungs, but also associated with many other parts of the body, including those found in the digestive system.
Natural Remedies can also help heal and protect your gut !
-Apple Cider Vinegar: Drinking this with water and a little honey is said to help the digestive system by decreasing starches and helping to keep healthy bacteria intact.
-Bitters in Soda: Many people swear by this old bartender’s trick of mixing several drops of bitters with soda, tonic water or ginger ale to relieve nausea.
-BRAT: This acronym, bananas, rice, applesauce and toast, is well-known by many mothers who use it as a method of soothing an upset stomach, diarrhea and/or nausea for their children.
-Ginger: Whether you use the root in a tea or consume ginger ale, people have been using this ancient remedy for both pain and nausea relief for thousands of years.
-Peppermint: It is believed that the menthol in their leaves will soothe an upset stomach and quell nausea and most people drink it in a tea.
We can all live longer and fully lives avoiding unnecessary health problems that may arise by eating better and getting more exercise. Having a better digestive system is another added bonus to these better lifestyle choices.
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