‘Gut health leads to overall health.’ – Dr. Amy Shah
Health-minded people know that excellent nutrition is the key to excellent health. When we pay attention to how we nourish our bodies, we reap the benefits of a non-medicinal pharmacy to treat, and in some cases even cure illness.
The digestive system is responsible for so much of our overall health and well-being. This includes our mental, emotional and physical health. Let’s look at 7 signs that you need to reset your digestive system.
7 Signs You Need to Reset Your Digestive System
1. Belching, gas or bloated stomach
You need to reset your digestive system if you are experiencing a lot of belching, digestive gas or your stomach feels distended. Excess air in your gut can be a sign of numerous health problems.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Chrohn’s disease, acid reflux, leaky gut, Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), and other diseases are chronic inflammation health problems that can severely affect your quality of life.
Medications can treat the symptoms of these illnesses but the root cause is what needs to be fixed. Treating your health by resetting your digestive system is fairly easy. Making sure to focus your diet on eating sources of soluble fiber, prebiotics and probiotics as well as avoiding foods that you know will cause you pain will help relieve symptoms.
2. You can’t lose weight around your stomach
Even if you exercise an hour a day of aerobics and pair that with some serious abdominal exercises and are still unable to lose weight around your gut, it’s a sign you need to reset your digestive system.
The excess fat around your stomach can be thought of as a type of inflammatory illness. Fortunately for you, ridding yourself of that extra fat may be as easy as resetting your digestive system.
3. You have an inflammatory or autoimmune disease
An unhealthy digestive system, like in leaky gut disease, can cause the immune system to go into overdrive. This immune response can contribute to a huge list of diseases, according to Dr. Jill Carnahan. These include ‘lupus, alopecia areata, rheumatoid arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, Sjogren’s syndrome, vitiligo, thyroiditis, vasculitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, urticaria (hives), type 1 diabetes and Raynaud’s syndrome.’ Healing from these diseases involves healing the digestive system by resetting it.
4. You are feeling off lately
From your mood to your brain, your stomach and digestive health has a lot to do with more than your physical health.
Mental and emotional health are also affected by your digestive system. If you’ve been feeling or thinking off lately, it’s a good sign that you need to reset your digestive system. According to mindbodygreen.com, ‘95% of serotonin, your key mood-regulating neurotransmitter, is actually located in your gut.’ Inflammation in your stomach can also contribute to mental fog.
5. You feel better when you eat soluble fiber
A study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that subjects who ate a diet of soluble fiber had reduced symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (gas, stomach pain, changes in bowel movements, pain before bowel movements).
Feeling relief of your digestive symptoms after you eat soluble fiber, means that the fiber is helping to reset your digestive system. Foods like passion fruit, avocado, Brussels sprouts, fig, orange, sweet potato, asparagus, tunip, edamame, broccoli, pear and other fruits and legumes are excellent sources of soluble fiber.
6. You feel better when you eat prebiotics
Probiotics were first to become more well-known among healthy eaters, but prebiotics may be just as important. The role that prebiotics plays in digestion is to nourish the healthy gut bacteria that can then help reset your digestive system.
Medicinenet.com says that prebiotic sources include ‘asparagus, artichoke, bamboo shoots, banana, barley, chicory, leeks, garlic, honey, lentils, milk, mustards, onion, rye, soybean, sugar beet, sugarcane juice, tomato, and wheat.’ If you notice less gas and bloating after eating these foods, it’s a sign that these foods are helping you reset your digestive system.
7. You feel better when you eat probiotics
In a study of digestive health and probiotics, researchers said ‘Our understanding of the intestinal microbiota and its full consequences on gastrointestinal health is still evolving. However, it is well accepted that altered colonic flora drives the pathogenesis of many disorders and diseases.’ The colonic flora of the gut being the beneficial bacteria that help breakdown food.
Researchers say that poor levels of bacteria are now implicated in irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel diseases. Fortunately, taking probiotics, like fermented foods, yogurt, or kefir is a huge help.
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‘Probiotics and prebiotics are evolving treatment options that are targeted at restoring nonpathogenic digestive flora. There has been great interest in the role of these therapies in treatment of many diseases including childhood diarrhea, antibiotic-associated diarrhea, Clostridium difficile infection, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease.’