Your health can suffer in all sorts of ways if your digestive system is out of whack. There are the obvious disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bloating, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, or gas, but you can also experience food allergies, weight gain, eczema, exhaustion and even asthma. And, if unaddressed, many symptoms can manifest into chronic health conditions.
Here’s a few things you can start right away to help heal your digestive system.
Chew your food.
Good digestion starts in the mouth. When you chew your food well, it eases the work required from your digestive system, so your body can focus on other tasks instead.
Eat real foods.
Focus on whole, fresh foods (organic if you can). Avoid processed and fast-foods, which are typically high in refined salt, sugar, and processed oils and make your body work too hard for minimal nutritional value.
Eat pickled, fermented and cultured foods.
Fermented foods are high in the good bacteria that will regenerate your gut flora, naturally. Try eating sauerkraut, fermented vegetables, diakon, pickled cucumbers, kimchi, or kombucha. If you have a severe gut disorder, start slowly and give your digestive system time to become healthier and stronger.
Be good to your liver.
You can heal your digestive system by supporting your liver. Try boosting your intake of liver-loving foods such as carrots, beetroot and leafy greens. Detoxing is a great way to cleanse and improve your liver function.
Dehydration can play a big part in many digestive disorders. Drink a big glass of water before each meal, one with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice.
Herbal teas are another great way to hydrate and heal your body. Our yoga teacher training Sydney student’s prefer kukicha or bancha tea for their digestive support properties.
Manage your stress.
Stress wreaks havoc on your mind, but it can also mess with your digestion! Gentle activities such as yoga, meditation, breathing practice and walking all help you to cope with stress. Try taking some time out and reading a book on the lounge, even closing your eyes and taking a nap. Everything will all be there when you wake up and you can reduce stress levels by simply being kind to yourself.
Reset with a regular detox.
A gentle detox on a regular basis can be a great way to reset your entire digestive system. Giving your digestive system a holiday from work-overload can only benefit your state of health and mind.
Support your body with the Right Supplements.
Visit our WholeBody Health Clinic or your local health care professional and get a supplement subscription that is right for you.
Probiotics are the “good” bacteria that have been shown to improve gut health. They are easily available as dietary supplements. For best results, work with a qualified health practitioner.
Listen to your body.
If you’re experiencing health disorders, consider that your body is trying to communicate with you. Listen to your body and try some of these self-healing ideas to re-balance your digestive system
To find out how Remedial Yoga help improve, balance and maintain your digestive system book into our next workshop 9th September 2017.