LOVE YOUR GUTS

It’s the trendi­est health is­sue right now: im­prov­ing your di­ges­tion

Northern Rivers Style - - WELLBEING - ANNA PAREDES Anna is the founder of Di­ges­tive Health Clin­ics, www.di­ges­tive­health­clin­ics.com.au

Good di­ges­tion is the foun­da­tion of en­ergy and well­ness. That’s be­cause re­searchers now know that your im­mune sys­tem and your stom­ach are cru­cially linked.

Be­ing able to di­gest nu­tri­ents is key to good health.

Even bet­ter, hav­ing a happy re­la­tion­ship with your guts means less dis­com­fort and more en­joy­able eat­ing.

Good news: it doesn’t have to be hard.

Eat when you feel like it

While most peo­ple tend to con­sume three meals a day, there is no phys­i­o­log­i­cal man­date for this. Peo­ple who have a sen­si­tive gut find it eas­ier to eat smaller meals more fre­quently, while oth­ers may con­sume noth­ing be­tween break­fast and have an early din­ner. The key is to lis­ten to your gut.

Also make sure your diet has plenty of va­ri­ety; a good range of pro­tein rich foods, es­sen­tial oils from nuts and oily fish, veg­eta­bles and grains rich in fi­bre.

Ex­er­cise

Mov­ing the body’s lym­phatic sys­tem daily is ideal for get­ting rid of tox­ins. I sug­gest either a 30-minute power walk, a 20-minute run, fast yoga move­ment or Pi­lates. The idea is to work up a good sweat.

There are lymphs cir­cu­lat­ing the en­tire gut, stim­u­lat­ing a cir­cu­la­tory re­sponse to move­ment.

How­ever, your diet needs to be ad­justed first be­fore ex­er­cise can have a pos­i­tive re­sponse to elim­i­nat­ing tox­ins.

Keep hy­drated

Drink­ing 2–3 litres of wa­ter a day slowly is the key for proper hy­dra­tion of each cell in the body.

If wa­ter is drunk quickly, uri­na­tion be­comes fre­quent so wa­ter is un­able to move through and hy­drate the bowel or elim­i­nate fat out of the cells.

Make sure the wa­ter you are drink­ing is pu­ri­fied, and keep in mind that tea and coffee don’t count.

Re­duce stress

When we’re stressed or anx­ious, we tend to store a lot of these emo­tions in our gut. This ten­sion can stop the nat­u­ral process of di­ges­tion from work­ing ef­fi­ciently. In fact stud­ies show there is a di­rect link be­tween stress and IBS.

It’s good to prac­tise breath­ing ex­er­cises daily to limit the feel­ings of stress.

Deep ab­dom­i­nal breath­ing can help to re­lease any feel­ings of ten­sion. Slowly breathe in un­til your belly is full of air (al­most as if you’re bloated) and then slowly breathe out.

Prac­tise this for 10 min­utes daily and you will no­tice a huge dif­fer­ence.

Pro­bi­otics

Adding nat­u­ral pro­bi­otics to your diet is ben­e­fi­cial for good bac­te­ria to thrive. My sug­ges­tions are goat or co­conut ke­fir, fer­mented foods such as sauer­kraut or 20mls of cab­bage juice (from sauer­kraut) first thing in the morn­ing, 20 min­utes be­fore break­fast.

PHOTO: CHAMPJA

Suf­fer­ing from di­ges­tive trou­bles isn’t any fun. But you can make peace with your stom­ach.

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