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5 Quick Tips to Improve your Digestion
Feeling tired, irritable and bloated? How about constipated, a lack of concentration and headaches?
These unpleasant symptoms could all be signs of poor gut health, that over time can affect your overall daily function, emotional state and happiness. Poor digestive health can also lead to poor nutrient absorption from the food you eat which could then lead to low energy levels, impaired physical performance and deficiencies. Leading to all those nutrients from that kale salad you just crammed down going to waste!
There is more research than ever surrounding gut health and its essential role on our immune system, brain function and hormonal balance. With our busy lives it's easy to get caught up with everyday stresses, not eating enough, eating too much, eating non-organic foods and various medications.
By making a few small changes, you could improve your gut health and give your body the best chance to get you through your busy day.
Here are our 5 quick, easy tips to get your gut health in track!
Keeping hydrated is one of the best things we can do for our body, especially when helping out our digestive process. Insufficient water intake could lead to dehydration and is one of the main causes of constipation. Adequate hydration can help your improved digestive strength, assisting to the break down of food in your stomach and keep the digestive system on track
One of the easiest things to add to your diet to help your digestive system out. The Heart Foundation recommends 20 - 35 grams of fibre a day (1). Lack of fibre could cause discomfort, constipation and unwanted weight gain. There are three types of fibre - soluble, insoluble and resistant starch. All kinds are beneficial to our body and help to keep things moving smoothly. A balanced diet should contain a good mix of all fibre types. Most plant-based foods contain a good variety, think whole grains, nuts, vegetables, fruits and legumes. When in doubt - eat more plants!Cut the junk
3. Junk Food
Keeping the ecosystem in your digestive system working efficiently is a tricky balancing act. Diets including refined sugars, refined carbohydrates, processed foods and lots of fats have the potential to cause imbalance and can lead to overgrowth of harmful bacteria and overall imbalance. Loading up on good quality, wholesome foods will help keep you satisfied and keep those junk food cravings at bay.
Some of our favourite vegetables include spinach, kale, broccoli and lettuce or for your sweet cravings try an apple, banana or berries!
Lack of sleep puts stress on your body and effects all functions making you more prone to stress which can influence your digestive system. Furthermore, tiredness and energy crashes during the day can cause unwanted cravings for sugar, fat and caffeine which will further negatively affect the digestive balance. Sleep allows your body time to recover and heal itself, the digestive process requires a lot of energy to effectively digest and absorb the food you eat. Enough good quality sleep ensures your digestive system and organism have time to rest and repair.
5. Probiotics / Fermented Foods
Probiotics are good bacteria that naturally reside in your stomach. They work to balance your good and bad bacteria to maintain good gut health and overall immune system function. Also assisting in detoxing the body while encouraging optimal nutrient uptake and absorption from your diet.
Foods and drinks that are cultured or fermented such as coconut yoghurt, sauerkraut, kefir and kombucha contain probiotics that are great for your gut health. Fermentation increases shelf life and nutritional value, as well as adding a good boost of probiotics. Including supplements with probiotics into your daily routine can help boost the number of good bacteria in your gut and assist with overall digestive health.
Amazonia Raw Consti-Soothe Wellness Shot liquid contains 12 billion probiotics per serve, specifically formulated to include green papaya, pomegranate, green tea and aloe vera. Perfect addition to your daily routine to support optimal digestion. Amazonia Raw Consti-Soothe, the ideal gut-loving, digestive support in one quick, easy shot.