Digestive issues like constipation, diarrhea, and acid reflux affect more than 20 million Canadians every year. Are you one of them? It’s not a subject that we generally like to talk about but it’s an important one. The health of your digestive system is very closely linked to the health of your immune system and your overall health. And the impact of digestive issues doesn’t end in the bathroom! Aside from the physical discomfort, digestive issues can put a real damper on your lifestyle. Just imagine the effect it could have – missed work, social engagements, travel and your ability to participate in sports and activities.
Truthbomb! Digestive issues are symptoms. They are warnings from your body that something isn’t quite right. Often we ignore these signals or mask them with medication but when your body isn’t heard, it speaks louder and louder until you have no choice but to pay attention. The good news is there are natural solutions to help improve your digestive health.
Boost Your Digestive Health – Natural Solutions for Digestive Issues!
Eat Right! Keep things simple. Wherever possible, choose whole, unprocessed foods such as: fruits, veggies, lean meats, nuts and seeds and do your best to avoid processed foods. Also consider removing gluten, dairy, yeast, corn, soy, and eggs from your diet for a week or two. These are all common food sensitivities and can have a big impact on your digestive health. Not sure if you have a food sensitivity? We offer food sensitivity testing at the clinic. Click here to learn more.
Rebuild and Replenish! Consider adding some supplements to your daily routine. A good quality digestive enzyme like Ultrazyme by Douglas Labs can help convert the food you eat into the raw materials your body needs for fuel. Rebuild the colony of “friendly” bacteria in your gut with a good quality probiotic like Multi-Probiotic 4000 by Douglas Labs.
Stress Less! Stress wreaks havoc on your gut and digestive system. When you are under stress, your heart rate and blood pressure rise, and blood is re-directed from your gut so that you are ready to fight or run. It’s meant to be a temporary response to help you survive. Unfortunately your body cannot tell the difference between a real life or death situation and run of the mill daily stress. The physiological response is the same. Chronic stress can lead to decreased nutrient absorption, decreased blood flow to your gut, decreased metabolism and reduced production of the enzymes needed for digestion.
Try to incorporate some stress management techniques into your daily routine. Some healthy ways to relax and recharge are: exercise, yoga, mediation, journaling, listening to music, connecting with friends and family. The possibilities are endless. Find something you enjoy and do it often!
Get Adjusted! What does chiropractic have to do with digestion? Your nervous system controls every cell, tissue and organ in your body including your digestive system. If your spine is out of alignment, your digestive organs cannot function properly. Your Wellness Chiropractor will identify any misalignments in your spine and correct them. This will help to restore optimal function to your digestive organs and boost digestive health. Several studies have shown chiropractic to be a natural, effective solution for digestive disturbances. So next time you are experiencing digestive issues, consider a trip to the chiropractor. Click here to book your appointment now.