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Your digestive system is a key component of your overall health. Its health affects your immune system and more. In fact, research has found that your gut controls so many functions that it is often referred to now as a second brain!

Digestive System Symptoms of Poor Health

Do you suffer from the following symptoms on a daily or weekly basis?

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Reflux
  • Brain Fog/Fatigue

It’s normal to experience an occasional issue after a big meal or poorly cooked food. However, if you experience these symptoms on a daily basis, then it’s time to talk to a doctor.

If you’ve been feeling “off” lately, the good news is that you can take action to heal your gut and strengthen your health.

Try these strategies for gut relief and healing:

  • Check your medications. Certain medications can affect your digestive system.
    • If you’re experiencing a side effect from one of your medications that is related to your digestive system, discuss it with your doctor. You may be able to adjust the medications that cause digestive issues.
    • If you’ve taken antibiotics, be aware that they affect digestive systems.
  • Check for food allergies. Not all food allergies are easy to detect.
    • You may have a food allergy or sensitivity that is hurting your digestive system. Your body is unique, and you may not have all the symptoms that are typical.
    • If you suspect a food allergy is present, discuss it with your doctor.
  • Remove sugar and refined carbohydrates. Bacteria in your digestive system can feed on the sugar and refined carbohydrates and create issues.
    • If you want to heal your gut, it’s important to change your diet.
    • Cutting out sugar and refined carbohydrates is the first step to strengthening your health. You’ll reduce yeast growth in the gut and other unpleasant issues.
  • Add fiber. Your digestive system needs fiber to function properly. Using natural sources of fiber usually works the best. Nuts, vegetables, beans, and whole grains have the fiber you need.
    • Be sure to increase your water intake as you increase your fiber! Without proper hydration, fiber can cause some major backups and digestion discomfort.
  • Try digestive enzymes. Your gut may be lacking the necessary enzymes to digest your food effectively. There are many supplements that can help restore your enzymes.
  • Try probiotics. Probiotics can help you heal your gut and may help you feel better.
    • You can find probiotics in a variety of fermented foods such as kimchi, kombucha, and krauts.
    • You may also want to try probiotic supplements.
  • Avoid fast food and processed food. These foods have high levels of salt, sugar, and unhealthy fat, and can make your gut feel worse.
  • Chew carefully. Not chewing your food properly can hurt your gut as well.
    • Chewing gives saliva a chance to mix digestive enzymes with the food before you even swallow it. This helps your gut break down the food easier.

Experts recommend chewing each bite of food at least 20 times. That probably seems like a lot, but the more you chew the better off your gut will be.

  • Make mealtime mindful. Sit down, relax, and enjoy your food, rather than hurrying through your meal.
    • Pay attention to how you feel before, during, and after meals.
  • Get Adjusted! Your nervous system controls and coordinates every other system in the body, including your digestive system. Removing subluxations will allow your gut to heal and function at its best.

If you’re experiencing digestive issues, we’re here to help! Your digestive system may be able to heal on its own. Following these tips will help return your gut to a healthier state and then maintain it!

If you have any questions or need additional guidance when it comes to your health, schedule your appointment with our Salutogenic Specialist today! We are here to help you Get Healthy and Stay Healthy for Life!

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