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The school nurse in elementary school surely knew my moms phone number by heart.
I spent a lot of time as a child complaining of belly aches, and it took me until 2 years ago to finally get my digestion under control.
Good thing I didn’t know what I was missing out on!
As you know by now, I thrive on feeling good, happy, and well. I’ve learned a bit about my body, what works and what doesn’t, and I revel in the freedom to choose what feels good to me. To finally feel better, it took me figuring this out:
If my digestion is out of whack, so is everything else.
How can you feel energetic and vibrant when you are running to the look every 45 minutes?
Digestion is different for every person, whether you tend to feel bloating, nausea, gas, or heartburn, I want you to know, very matter of factually- that these symptoms are not normal and that with the right dietary and lifestyle changes, they can be resolved.
Here are my top 4 must-dos for strong digestive health:
1. Eliminate hard to digest foods:
If you suspect a food allergy, I strongly recommend being tested by a medical professional. Many MDs and Naturopathic Doctors perform food sensitivity tests that can give you loads of insight into why your belly is aching.
At the very least, do some investigating yourself. Try a week without gluten, sugar, or dairy and see how you feel. Listen closely to your body, it has the answers youve been looking for.
2. Take a probiotic:
Nearly 75% of our immune system dwells in our digestive tract. Without good bacteria in your gut, your body cannot fight infection, and has a much more difficult time retrieving nutrients from once-easily digested foods.
When choosing a probiotic supplement, look for a high quality probiotic from a company with a good reputation that has a guaranteed live culture count.
3. Eat your fiber:
It has been suspected that hundreds of years ago humans were eating between 100 and 200 grams of fiber DAILY. Now we consume about a day. Yikes!
There are 2 kinds of fiber: Soluble Fiber (think of this as the sponge that soaks up toxins- and keeps you full longer) and Insoluble Fiber (this is the broom that sweeps all your toxins out).
The best place to get daily fiber is from vegetables, fruits, and whole sprouted grains and energy chews . Aim for 30-40 grams a day. If you struggle to reach that number, supplement with psyllium husk powder to keep your digestion moving.
4. Add digestive enzymes to every meal:
Digestive enzymes are naturally made by your digestive tract to help break down food so our bodies can use nutrients properly. Inadequate enzyme production can cause a number of common digestive complaints, such as gas, bloating, low energy and allergy-like reactions to food.
As with a probiotic, look for a digestive enzyme that is high quality and contains the 3 major enzymes needed to break down protein, carbs and fats: Amalyse, Lipase, and Protease.