Signs You Need to Improve Your Digestion
When you ate breakfast or lunch today, how did your stomach feel afterwards? Would you consider yourself to be someone with a strong stomach? Are you prone to stomach aches and heartburn? If any of these questions seem familiar to you, or you’ve experienced them on some level, then you probably have some digestion issues. If you’ve been wondering if you need to speak to a professional about your digestive health, then you might want to see if you come across any signs that you need to improve your digestion in the following article.
Your Breath Smells
When most people notice that someone has bad breath, their first reaction might be to pull back and avoid the subject, but telling someone that they have bad breath could be life changing for them because bad breath is soften a sign of much more important issues. Many people who have bad breath simply have digestive problems that they haven’t become aware of yet. Paying close attention to when your breath smells can also give you an indication of what’s triggering it specifically.
You’re Tired After Meals
Do you feel energized and lively after meals, or tired and lethargic? How you feel after a dinner can say a lot about the state of your digestive health. Sometimes it can be as simple a needing to have more fiber in your diet, but one major issue that people have is a clogged and plaque filled large intestine. These build ups of waste can prevent your body from absorbing the vital nutrients that it need to stay healthy and alive. This could also become more serious when the weight of trapped material begins to cause internal injury to your intestinal lining.
Adult Skin Issues
So, a pimple suddenly rises on your cheek. Then a few days later another, and another. Is this just adult acne? Well, it’s possible, but it’s a fairly common thing for people with digestive problems to have skin issues. Many skin issues begin in the gut, because the bacteria that often causes acne only comes about due to a heavy presence of the good bacteria that fights to keep you body healthy and your skin free of bacterial colonies. If you are sure to get enough good bacteria to fight the bad, then your skin should naturally clear up a bit.
10 steps to improve your digestion
Do you feel like your food is just sitting in your stomach for hours after you eat? Or is the opposite happening, and you are running to the bathroom before you have even finished your meal? You are not alone, and there are things you can do improve the situation. Here are ten steps to take now to get things moving properly through your gut:
- Food Combining – When foods are combined properly, they do not sit in your stomach and rot. That rotting food feeds the bad bacteria and yeast that everyone has residing in their digestive tract. To combine food, you eat protein with vegetables or grains with vegetables, never proteins & grains together. Also, fruits should be eaten alone on an empty stomach.
- Fermented Foods – These are naturally fermented foods such as kefir, sauerkraut, pickles, etc., that, when eaten, will feed the good bacteria in your gut and balance your inner ecology.
- Enzymes and Probiotics – I suggest that everyone take digestive enzymes and probiotics to help with the digestion of their food and build up their immunity.
- Water – We all know we need to drink plenty of water. A little known Ayurvedic trick is to drink a glass of water 15 minutes before your meal. This will get your digestive juices flowing and your food will get digested better.
- 80/20 – This rule is to eat until you are 80% full. That leaves 20% of the room left in your stomach for your digestion to work. No one likes that uncomfortable full feeling and your tummy will thank you if you stop just before you are full.
- Eat Loads of Fiber – Your body needs fiber to carry out toxins, excess hormones, and junk. Eating lots of water-soluble fiber, found in veggies, will ensure that you get plenty of fiber. Just don’t forget step #4! Drink lots of water, too, so that you don’t end up with bulky stool.
- Short Fasting Period – Don’t worry, I am not suggesting that you don’t eat for a day. What I am suggesting is that you take some time between meals. Give your system about 3 or 4 hours to let the food get assimilated. When your gut is constantly bombarded by food all day long, it gets confused and doesn’t work properly. Give it some time to work on that last meal before you head to the kitchen for a snack.
- Cut Sugar and White Carbohydrates – These foods will feed the bad guys in your gut. Avoid them for less gas and bloating – and you don’t want the insulin spike that comes with them either.
- Gluten – A large percentage of Americans are gluten intolerant and do not know it. Try going without and see if your digestion works any better.
- Bone Broth – The #1 most soothing and healing drink that you could ever ingest. Homemade bone broth contains all of the nutrients you need to heal your gut if it is leaky and also provides the minerals you need for strong bones. It’s a win-win, must-consume food!
If you incorporate some or all of the tips, you will ease in to better digestion and the tummy troubles will disappear.