IBS, as we said last week is a number of various symptoms all under the same umbrella. There are a number of things which you can do to help and completely treat your symptoms by getting to the root of what the actual cause is.
Unfortunately getting to the root cause may not be something you can do without the help of a practitioner who works in this field. However there are a number of things which you can do to help yourself, so read on to find out more!
Cut out or reduce coffee if you are coffee drinker. Coffee can often be an irritant to the gut as in some cases it strips the lining of the gut away creating permeability and therefore a host of symptoms in relation to that such as food sensitivities, bloating, irritation and lots more.
Chew your food thoroughly, I say this over and over as it is so important for a healthy digestive tract. If you do not chew your food properly you will end up with digestive complaints. Undigested food in your gut will ferment, putrify and basically rot in your system. This can then cause symptoms of bloating, excessive gas, constipation, gut spasms, swelling of the gut, skin problems, tiredness, indigestion, belching, pain, weight gain, slowed metabolism and lots more.
Do not drink other than an occasional sip of water while you are eating. Many drink their day’s entire intake of water at meal times, therefore they are washing away their natural secretions of digestive enzymes. You need your enzymes in your gut to break the food down so you can ABSORB as much goodness as possible form the food you have just eaten.
If you are not absorbing what you eat, that food will have little benefit for you, (isn’t that the very reason you are eating the food in the first place?) Some eat because they think they should, some eat because it’s that time of the day, some eat because others are eating. Listen to your body and eat when you are genuinely hungry. Overeating causes enlargement of your stomach and can cause long term damage to your digestive tract, so eat until you are comfortably full and then stop. Do not aim to finish everything on your plate.
Cut out and reduce sugar, sweeteners, and refined carbohydrates. These foods deplete your body of vital energy and irritate the valves of your gut and therefore the natural rhythm of absorption and elimination.
Start your day with warm water to gently wake up your system, follow this by nettle tea, fennel tea or dandelion tea. These teas have massive benefits in aiding the body in detoxification and have a nutritional impact on the body too. If you have a juicer, dust off the cobwebs and get juicing! The more veges you get into you the better to help with promoting alkalinity of your gut.
Finally, manage your stress! Next week I will talk about the negative impact of stress on your gut and what you can do to change or reduce it.
In the meantime if you need more help grab hold of my healthy you pack here