Nurturing a Healthy Digestive System

 

Everyone takes it in the gut every now and again! Perhaps a trip to Mexico or India got your gut, or a nasty infection where you had to take antibiotics , or even just years of eating a poor diet. Here are some tips to help heal your gut and get you back into form!

1. Take probiotics regularly. See the article in this issue for everything that you ever wanted to know (and more!) about probiotics and health.

2. Drink plenty of fluids and eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Water and fiber promote regular bowel movements which help the body to eliminate toxins. Eliminating the toxic burden from the body is the first step to optimal health.

3. Get plenty of exercise. Exercise helps to promote circulation and also helps move the bowels thus aiding in detoxification.

4. Learn to manage your stress levels. Relaxation promotes the parasympathetic nervous system which aids in proper digestion and absorption of your foods. Meditation, yoga, exercise, and prayer all aid in relaxation and stress management.

5. Learn about proper nutrition. Eat organic foods and avoid your allergens. Consult with a professional who know a lot about nutrition if you want expert guidance.

6. If you get an infection or travelers diarrhea, be sure to treat it properly. If you have recently travelled abroad to a developing country a Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis may be advisable to test for parasites and other pathogens.

7. Take your antioxidants, L-glutamine and fish oils. These help to heal a leaky gut and prevent food allergies from developing.

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