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How to heal your digestion issues with food

Jan 17, 2021

Have you noticed bloating at the end of the day and wondered what the heck is going on? I've often gone throughout the day and ate very healthy and looked six months pregnant by 6 pm.

 

What can cause this can vary from person to person. Some common occurrences are poor digestion as your body starts to slow down to rest or stress, anxiety and depression, sending your gut signals to go into distress as the stomach and brain "speak" to each other. 

 

Does bloating sound relatable?

 

If you have issues with digestion adding probiotics may help.

 

Probiotics are good bacteria that exist in your body in a more extensive microbiome, which you can imagine as a community of bacteria, fungi (yeast), protozoa, and viruses. 

To be a probiotic, you must be considered helpful to the body. 

There are different probiotics for each area of the body. 

These two are the most common probiotics in supplements, both aiding in areas of digestion.

  • Lactobacillus
  • Bifidobacterium 

Consult with your doctor before adding new supplements. Although they are generally considered safe for adults and children, it is advised that those with certain conditions or very ill infants do not take probiotics.

If you're looking to add foods to your plate for probiotic benefits, this is also an option.

Here are some top foods you can add to your diet to add more probiotics to your diet.

  • Yogurt
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Kefir
  • Kombucha
  • Fermented Suaerkraut
  • Fermented Pickles
  • Kimchi
  • Tempeh
  • Miso Soup

And of course, in the world of balance, some foods are harmful to your microbiome.

 Let's take a quick look at what's harmful to this health system in your guts.

  • Antibiotics (and foods that contain antibiotics)
  • Alcohol
  • Fried Foods
  • Highly processed foods
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Lack of sleep

Ensure you get prebiotics in your meals, which are fermented instead of digested in the body, such as oats, lentils, chickpeas, asparagus, garlic, leeks, onions and nuts.

 

Always take your probiotic supplements at the same time each day, about 30 minutes before a meal, as they have to survive the process of digestion to make it to the gut.

 

As I've been experimenting with adding probiotics to my diet has helped immensely with this issue. However, it's not the catch-all, as I eat a variety of whole foods throughout the day. Adding exercise, water and massaging your abdomen may increase your chances of getting your digestive issues under control.

 

Have you been having digestive issues? Let me know in the comments below or start a conversation with me! 

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