These days I’m seeing more and more clients with digestive issues. Issues like diarrhea, constipation, pain, gas, bloating, colitis, heartburn, and acid reflux are sure signs that your digestive system needs some TLC. A properly functioning digestive system is essential to feeling our best!
Last week I shared with you three simple tips to improve your digestion. Which one of those tips did you try? How did it work out? Reach out and let me know! I’d love to hear from you. Did you miss last week’s post? Read Part 1 of Calming The Digestive Storms here.
Today is Part 2 of this three part series I’m sharing with you about calming the digestive storms. Take a look at these three simple steps below and consider exploring how they might benefit you.
Three more tips for calming the digestive storms
1. Improve your stomach acid. Did you know that too little stomach acid can cause heartburn? That’s not a typo! It used to be thought that too much stomach acid was to blame for heartburn, but we now know that too little stomach acid is the culprit. Even seemingly unrelated issues like gas, fatigue, and headaches can sometimes be traced to low stomach acid. You can easily give your stomach acid a boost by adding the juice of one lemon to your water each morning before eating breakfast. Take it one step further and add a spoonful of raw apple cider vinegar, too! If you don’t like the taste, try adding a few drops of stevia or a little honey to sweeten it. Drink up!
2. Get plenty of fiber. Leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, and seeds… These are all sources of fiber and fiber helps keep our colons happy. If you’ve ever suffered constipation, then you know the importance of eating your fiber, right? Fibrous foods help to rid the colon of waste by making stools softer and easier to eliminate, and in doing so, they help you get rid of toxins and harmful bacteria more quickly.
3. Hydrate hydrate hydrate! Digestion can’t happen without water. It’s the number one essential nutrient for effective elimination, or any bodily function. When we don’t drink enough water, we not only experience constipation, but also ulcers, indigestion, heartburn, fatigue, brain fog, and even memory loss. How much water do you need? While there is no hard and fast rule for everyone, as a general guideline, try drinking half your body weight in ounces of water daily. That means a 140 pound person would drink 70 ounces per day. Think about eating more high water content foods as well. Some examples are broth based soups, watermelon, and cucumbers.
Take the next step: Pick one of these tips and put it into practice this week. Keep a daily journal to track how you feel before and after implementing the change. Then reach out to me and tell me what worked or what didn’t. I want to hear from you!
Calming The Digestive Storms (Part 2)