Do you experience occasional indigestion, gas, or a bloated feeling? It may be time for a gut check.
A well-functioning digestive and gastrointestinal (GI) tract is important to overall health and well-being. You may benefit from digestive and GI support that includes healthy lifestyle changes, such as:
1. 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.
2. Eat real foods.
Focus on whole, fresh foods. Avoid the "fake" stuff, including processed foods and fast-foods, which are typically high in refined salt, sugar, and processed oils. Our wellness programs also has the option of individualized food plans which are easy and provide a shopping list with tips which help those with a busy lifestyle
3. Eat fermented and cultured foods.
Fermented foods are high in "good bacteria" and eating them will help you to regenerate your gut flora naturally. The greater the variety of fermented and cultured foods you can include in your diet, the better. Try eating sauerkraut, kefir, fermented vegetables, kimchi, or Kombucha. If you have a severe gut disorder, start slowly. Allow time for your internal environment to change and for your digestive system to become healthier and stronger.
4. Be good to your liver.
You can heal your digestive system by supporting your liver to work efficiently and effectively. If your digestion can handle it, try to boost your intake of liver-loving foods by consuming carrots, beetroot and leafy greens in soups and freshly squeezed juices.
5. Get hydrated.
Many people with digestive disorders are extremely dehydrated. If that might be an issue for you, try increasing your water intake today! Try to drink at least one glass of water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice. Herbal teas are another great way to hydrate and heal your body. Peppermint, ginger, fennel and fenugreek are known for their digestive supporting properties. If you're looking for a coffee substitute, try dandelion tea with milk (or your favorite milk substitute).
6. Manage your stress.
Stress doesn't just wreak havoc on your mind; it can mess with your digestion! There are many ways to reduce stress. Discover what kinds of relaxing activities work best for you. Gentle activities such as meditation, breathing, yoga, walking and naps really reduce stress levels. Meek Chiropractic offers weekly yoga and massage by Nicole.
7. Reset with a regular detox.
A gentle detox on a regular basis can be a great way to reset your entire digestive system. Try starting with one of our Standard Process 21 Day Jump Start Plan or 10 Day Inflammation Plan to jump start your digestion health.
8. Support your body with Glutamine.
Glutamine is one of the most important nutrients that you can give your body as it supports the repair and regeneration of the intestinal lining in your body and also soothes inflammation. You can find glutamine in supplement form and it's also found in foods such as meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, beets, beans, spinach, parsley and fresh vegetable juices. Check with a health care professional before taking any supplements.
9. Get Probiotics.
Probiotics are the "good" bacteria that have been shown to improve gut health. They are easily available as dietary supplements. We carry a couple of great probiotic options.
10. Chiropractic and Acupuncture.
As a result, ailments such as chronic acid reflux, upset stomach and constipation develop. Until the interference in your nervous system is corrected, these conditions will continue to ail you. A Chiropractor can safely, gently and non-invasively correct subluxations in your spine through chiropractic manipulation. By stimulating the body's various systems, acupuncture can help to digestive function
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