Your gut is one of the most sensitive and important systems in your body. So you need to take extra care of it to see to it that it remains healthy and happy.
Everybody’s gut will behave differently. It’s important to become in tune with your system so that you know what to do and what not to do. However, these general tips can apply to everyone to help you understand and be kind to your gut.
Be aware of unusual symptoms
A lot of people suffer from digestive problems. Examples include food intolerances and conditions such as Crohn’s disease. If you experience any unusual or unexplained symptoms that persist for more than a couple of days, you should consult your doctor. Digestive problems can be uncomfortable and sometimes painful, but your doctor will be able to put you on the path to management and recovery.
Create a food diary
We all have certain foods or drinks that cause our stomachs to become unhappy. However, finding out which foods are causing the problem is often a challenge. Creating a food diary can help you get to the bottom of this. Note what you ate and how your body responded after every meal for two weeks.
Be aware of irritable bowel syndrome
It is estimated that IBS affects one in five people at some point in their lives. The symptoms vary from person to person and can include stomach cramps, constipation, diarrhoea and bloating. Bouts often occur after eating certain things like beans, spicy food, coffee, and fizzy drinks. It is important to become aware of what foods to eat with IBS if you suffer from this condition. As well as changes to your diet, changes to lifestyle and medication can also help alleviate symptoms of IBS.
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Deal with stress
Your gut and your nervous system are closely connected. So, when your mind is stressed, this can cause your digestive system to become upset. That’s why you may suffer from stomach cramps, diarrhoea, constipation, nausea and sickness when you are nervous. Dealing with stress will improve your gut health as well as your overall physical and mental well-being.
Your taste buds like fatty, sugary and processed foods, but your gut certainly doesn’t. Your digestive system will be at it’s healthiest and happiest if you give it fresh and natural ingredients. Eating lean meat and fish, whole grains, probiotic yogurt and plenty of fruit and veg will keep your digestive system running smoothly.
Physical activity is great for your overall health, and especially your gut's health. Many studies have shown that exercise leads to better gut bacteria diversity. In case you are wondering, diverse bacteria is a good thing! It has been associated with lower obesity and diabetes rates. Physical exercise also improves our mood. Because of the close relationship between the nervous and digestive systems; the happier our mind is, the happier our gut is.
Thanks for reading. Be kind to your gut!