for America’s Leading Health Epidemic
Stomach problems don’t kill a lot of people, but they are among the most common killers of quality of life.
They can leave you feeling uncomfortable, embarrassed, or suffering from constant pain. Even worse, many such issues can leave you dependent on over-the-counter or prescription drugs for daily relief, which do little to nothing to improve your condition while compromising your health and quality of life.
A study done at the University of North Carolina found that 40 percent of Americans report regular digestive problems, and many of folks have to adjust their daily activities to accommodate their conditions.
The good news is that it’s a lot easier than you think to take good care of your stomach.
We want to share with you a few easy steps that can offer permanent relief to your tummy troubles and improve your immune system, your daily sense of well being, and your overall quality of life.
Common Stomach Issues
No One Should Have to Suffer Through
Irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux disease, ulcers, lactose intolerance, diarrhea, constipation, and diverticulitis are common digestive issues that can leave you feeling heavy, bloated, and in pain… not to mention the embarrassment many of these problems can lead to.
The surface symptoms are bad enough. But, stomach problems can cause bigger troubles that you may not even realize are linked.
A Messed Up Digestive System
Is Actually a Double Whammy
against Your Health
As if the discomfort wasn’t enough, nearly 70 percent of your body’s immune response starts in your gut. When your digestive system is healthy, beneficial bacteria in your intestines help your body learn to respond to infections without you having to actually get sick. If the number of beneficial bacteria in your gut gets low, then you become more susceptible to disease.
Your digestive system is also responsible for your body’s energy levels. Your cells need fuel and nutrition. They get that from the foods your gut breaks down. If your digestive system doesn’t absorb the nutrients your body needs, you’ll feel lethargic and heavy.
Poor food breakdown is also often responsible for gas, bloating, and cramps.
So, aside from wanting to avoid the most common stomach issues, taking good care of your digestive system means you’ll enjoy better overall health and get sick less often.
Worth the effort, if you ask us.
Safe, Affordable Ways to Improve Your Digestion
Healthy digestion depends on three things. Your body has to break down the food you eat, it has to absorb the nutrients, and then it has to eliminate the waste. If you have a failure in any of these three steps, you won’t be at your best. And, you’ll also hurt your immune system.
The way you eat makes all the difference between a depressed immune system and a healthy one. It’s not only about which foods you choose to eat, but also about your daily eating habits.
First, most people don’t chew their food enough. The more you chew your food, the easier time your stomach will have breaking it down and absorbing it. Good chewing habits are especially important when your meal includes carbohydrates. Stomach acids don’t break down carbs, so all the work falls to your small intestine. The more you chew, the better it will do to break down the carbs so your body can get the nutrients it needs from them.
In studies conducted at Iowa State University, researchers found that people who chew their food more absorb the nutrients better and also tend to eat less… which can help with another bad eating habit.
Second, most people overeat. When you eat more calories than you need to, you overwork you digestive system… it’s as simple as that.
Common Mistakes Most Eaters Make
to Create Sour Stomach Syndrome
Third, most people eat too many types of food at once.
Different foods require different types of stomach acids and enzymes to break down. When you mix a bunch of different food types together, you make it harder for your stomach to completely digest any of them. The major types of foods are fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, beans, grains, seeds, nuts, and leafy greens. Try including just three major food types in each meal to make it easier for you to digest all your food.
In addition to improving the way you eat, you can also help your digestive system by eating more fiber. You’ve heard this before, and we don’t wish to lecture you. But eating more fiber just plain works. Make an effort to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and more beans and nuts. It doesn’t matter what type of stomach issue you suffer from, fiber can help. That’s because fiber is a digestive regulator. It helps you body establish normal digestion.
You can further support healthy digestion and your immune system by taking raw apple cider vinegar on a daily basis. Raw apple cider vinegar contains natural probiotics that help keep the bacteria in your gut balanced. When those bacteria are in balance, you digest your food better, absorb nutrients better, and have a stronger immune system. (Apple cider vinegar may interfere with the action of some drugs, so talk to your doctor before you begin taking it daily.)
For the best results mix one to three teaspoons of raw apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water, and drink it in the morning before you eat. Slosh it about in your mouth before swallowing, and it can also help reduce dental tartar.
One final suggestion… go for a walk after you eat. Doing some light exercise an hour after eating is a free, simple, effective digestive aid.
How well you digest your food can have a big impact on how you feel and on how likely you are to get sick. Try these safe, simple, and affordable solutions to improve your digestion and to take more control of your overall health.