Working in the health industry, you could sometimes be forgiven for thinking that the entire world suffers from IBS.
And quite apart from the ubiquitous Irritable Bowel Syndrome, there are many other digestive complaints, ranging from the person whose bowel moves twice per year (ow!) to the person who fears they may be part man, part bunny, so rabbit-like are their droppings.
- Acid reflux
- Acid indigestion
- Flatulence – uncomfortable and socially embarrassing
- Bloating – you leave the house in the morning with a flat stomach and return at night feeling six month’s pregnant
Diarrhea may also be a problem, but it is often linked to long term constipation, which needs to be treated to resolve the congestion and irritation that is causing the diarrhea.
Why they happen
Most common factor: because the body is putting all available resources in motoring us along. We don’t take time to eat; we rush around and the digestive system is never operating at full power.
Similarly, stress is a fairly inevitable part of most digestive problems. What you may not realize is that when adrenalin is flooding in, your digestive system shuts down to all intents and purposes. You can either panic or eat, not both: that’s the way your body sees it.
Long term stress, where you’re forever juggling tasks or running on deadlines means that your digestive system is fairly regularly switched off at the mains, seriously hampering your digestive abilities.
A sluggish bowel contributes significantly to most digestive disasters, including wind and bloating. If you eat two to three times per day then your bowel should move at least once, preferably twice, per day. If it doesn’t, the accumulated faecal matter hangs around putrefying and fermenting, causing mayhem and providing ideal breeding grounds for unfriendly bacteria.
Once those bacteria have got a hold, they knock out the friendly ones that the digestive tract relies on to keep the guts sweet.
Didn’t have time !?!
I’ll never forget a colleague who told me he “didn’t have time” to go to the loo twice a day. Please, if going to the loo twice eats into your agenda then something is seriously adrift and you should address the problem as a matter of some urgency!
It has been said before by wiser and more tactful people than I: the piles of literature to be found in the average Canadian bathroom bear silent witness to the disastrous state of the Canadian bowels. A bowel movement shouldn’t take you long enough to plough through even a page of your favourite comic!
What you can do to achieve digestive harmony
There are several very simple lifestyle changes you can implement to prevent digestive doom.
For a start, sit down to eat, always, every time…
- Chew your food – it’s completely free and it has an amazing impact on most digestive problems. Chew each mouthful at least 20 times and be thrilled by the improvements you feel.
- Shoulders back – allow your stomach, which is up under your ribcage, room to start the digestive process, by making sure you’re not slumped over squashing your stomach and lungs into a matchbox-sized space.
- Don’t drink with your meal, as taking large quantities of liquid in with your food dilutes your digestive juices and makes digestion less effective.
- And most importantly, get that bowel moving!
Here are remedies to help you achieve digestive harmony:
Digestive Aid Complex – Boldocynara for avoiding acid reflux and acid indigestion, heartburn, eructation, nausea and indigestion. The perfect remedy for people who have a hard time making the required lifestyle changes.
Try using Molkosan – a lacto-fermented whey beverage and source of L+ lactic acid that helps maintain a healthy pH of the gut. Ensuring your digestive tract is at optimal pH will support the growth of “good” bacteria needed to properly digest your food.
Why not try the A.Vogel 15 Day cleanse program to give your body an extra healthy boost ? This plan provides a wealth of simple and easy to follow tips and advice, as well as recipe ideas and exercises to cleanse and rejuvenate your body in just 15 days.