If you’ve experienced uncomfortable digestive problems in the past, you’re not alone! It’s never fun to be out with friends + have an upset stomach. Digestive issues can easily take hold of our daily lives, making it hard to do a lot of things. It’s time to take hold of those issues + kick them to the curb // a happy gut is a happy body. : ) Take care of your tummy with these five tips —
1] HAPPY MIND // HAPPY GUT
Ever heard the saying, go with your gut? It turns out that your brain + gut actually are connected, after all. For example, in stressful situations you may notice your stomach becomes more sensitive to what you eat // drink. This is because information travels via the vagus nerve from the gut to the brain — so if your stomach isn’t happy, you may experience mood swings + anxiety.
With our busy schedules it can be hard to pick a time to wake up + go to bed at the same time each night, but setting a morning + night time routine is a key step in maintaining digestive health. Going to bed + waking up around the same time every day allows your body to teach itself when it’s time to eat, digest // be awake + rest.
3] EAT SMALL MEALS
When you struggle with digestive issues, you may realize eating three large meals a day can bother your stomach further, with cramps, bloating, + gastrointestinal upset. Eating three smaller meals + two snacks throughout the day makes it easier on your digestive system because you are digesting smaller amounts of food at a time.
4] EXERCISE BEFORE MEALS
We’ve all heard that exercising right after you eat is not always the best idea // but what about exercising right before you eat? In recent studies [by Ben Greenfield], light exercise before meals has been shown to help people with digestive issues. Incorporating short bursts of exercise before meals, especially dinner, helps decrease glucose levels + increase our metabolic rate — so we use our fuel instead of storing it as fat. A win-win for you + your gut!
5] TRY ADDING SUPPLEMENTS
GI issues may be signaling imbalance in our bodies // our busy schedules don’t allow us to get all of the nutrients we need to be happy + [gut] healthy. Supplements can help fill those nutritional gaps in our everyday diets so we are at our best all day long! Some common supplements worth incorporating into your routine are probiotics, magnesium, vitamin D + vitamin C — just make sure to check with your doctor before starting ‘em!
Time heals all — including your gut. When you pay extra attention to digestive health in stressful situations, create a routine, exercise, eat small meals + add supplements, your body will thank you!
++ Becca [beccasweetland_inchaarg] // Loyola University Chicago