If you are suffering from digestive problems not only do you experience obvious signs and symptoms such as indigestion, bloating and bowel changes, but your whole body can suffer. Imagine if you could ease your digestive problems once and for all!
Your gastrointestinal tract (gut) is a highly complex ‘tube’ which runs from your mouth all the way through to your colon. It is responsible for healthy digestion, hydration, nutrient absorption, maintaining immunity and eliminating toxins. If part of your gut isn’t working properly, it doesn’t just cause reflux, bloating or constipation – it can compromise your mood, hormonal balance, energy and immunity.
It’s tempting to reach for an antacid tablet or laxative for a quick fix, but results are generally short-lived and can sometimes leave you worse off. Not only do the same symptoms keep recurring if the root cause is not addressed, but some conventional medications can produce side effects: e.g. laxative use can lead to bloating, wind, diarrhoea, and a ‘lazy bowel’ (where the bowel loses tone and can’t function by itself), while antacids result in reduced digestive secretions which impact nutrient uptake and absorption. The good news is there are natural therapies and bioenergetic therapy that may potentially ease your digestive problems and the cause of common digestive issues, rather than just addressing the symptoms.
Let food be thy medicine
Ease your digestive problems with the right diet advice. Increase your intake of bitter foods – lemon, rocket, endive, apple cider vinegar – to stimulate the secretion of digestive juices and ensure the proper breakdown of food and nutrient absorption, while reducing symptoms of indigestion.
Fibre is critical for healthy digestion and regular bowel movements. Get your fibre intake from natural sources – chia seeds, oats, whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruit and vegetables – rather than commercial supplements. Prebiotic fibre, found in bananas, leeks, whole grains, garlic and onions, is particularly beneficial, as it supports growth of good bacteria in your gut.
Garlic also has powerful antibacterial and antiseptic actions that can destroy unwanted pathogens in the gut. Wheat, corn, dairy, and soy are common culprits when it comes to digestive problems, so see me for allergy and intolerance testing plus therapy to experience symptom improvement.
In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), chronic digestive issues such as bloating, wind and cramping are thought to be due to an excessive consumption of cold and raw foods, which are said to dampen digestive ‘fire’. So if you have a compromised digestive system, it is best to eat warming foods, spices and fluids, especially upon waking, rather than shocking the stomach with chilled food. Ginger tea is an excellent remedy in this instance, whereas ice cream, for example, is best avoided.