I have digestive problems. What should I do? 10 Factors to Consider
If you experience any noticeable bloating, gas fermentation, or constipation, it is likely caused by one or more of these contributing factors, take not that they tend to play off of each other.
1. Allergens in foods - The Clean program diet will help with this but if you are aware of existing foods that we do include feel free to omit them.
2. Lack of intestinal flora - Probiotics will help with this as well as cultured foods like sauerkraut, kombucha and kim chee.
3. Leaky Gut - Small perforations in the intestinal tract from years of poor eating creates inflammation and bloating. Two great supplements exist to help reduce leaky gut Integrity and Beta-Glucan. Both of these will help repair the intestinal lining and reduce bloating or digestive issues.
4. Inability to fully digest food - Using a good digestive enzyme like our Enzyme will help digest food, leading to less fermentation, gas, and bloating.
5. Lack of Hydrochloric acid - Over time, many people do not produce adequate amounts of this leading to undigested food and heartburn. Look to supplement with a digestive enzyme that includes HCL.
6. Poor bowel movements - Sluggish digestion leads to constipation which in turn continues to effect the digestive system. Add in Eliminate at bedtime in water to help relieve constipation and bloating.
7. Stress - This is a major factor in digestive issues. Aim to eat in a calm environment and practice meditation.
8. Lack of sleep - Getting enough sleep is crucial to good digestion. Aim to stop eating at least 3 hours before bed, preferably more. Be mindful when eating, we like the guideline of feeling 80% full at most.
9. Dehydration - Proper hydration is important for good digestion. Aim to drink at least a liter of water a day along with coconut water and fresh green juice. Eat lots of fresh leafy greens along with veggies and fruits.
10. Fiber - We need good sources of fiber like our Clean Shakes and lots of fresh or cooked leafy greens, fruit and veggies. Make these the largest part of your meal.
If you experience pains such as stomach aches or cramps try the following:
- Make sure you are drinking plenty of water.
- Avoid Chia and Flax seeds/meal.
- Ginger tea is soothing as is Licorice tea.
- If you'd like to speak with a Wellness coach to try to pinpoint other things in your diet that could be giving you trouble, give us a call at 888-497-8417 or schedule a free appointment with a wellness coach