Some of the most common digestive issues we face include heartburn and intestinal discomfort due to bloating and gas. While these symptoms can be associated with other conditions, most often they are due to the type of food we have eaten.
Heartburn, (gastric reflux), is a common gastro-intestinal symptom with a number of dietary triggers. These include coffee and other caffeinated beverages, alcohol, citrus fruits, tomato products, fatty foods and spicy foods. This burning sensation in the lower chest is the result of acid from the stomach entering the esophagus, causing irritation. Simple steps to avoid heartburn include identifying and removing trigger foods from your diet and not overeating.
With excess bloating due to intestinal gas, there are many potential sources. Over-eating and inadequate chewing of food are common causes.
In fact, a lot of our intestinal gas that can cause discomfort is due to swallowing air with the food we eat.
What can we do about it?
Take your time with meals and thoroughly chew food, which will contribute to less swallowed air.
Gas can also be produced by the intestinal bacteria that are fermenting undigested fibre and starches in our food. This happens in the lower gastro-intestinal tract. Ensuring a healthy balance of bacteria is an important step towards proper digestion. To boost these good bacteria, consider introducing a daily probiotic supplement, gradually. Give it a week or two for the healthy flora to become established.
Digestive health is essential to our overall health. A well functioning Digestive tract allows us to absorb the essential nutrients our bodies need to thrive. There are simple steps you can take to reduce your chances of common digestive issues like heartburn and bloating, and natural health products specific to digestive health can support your often overlooked inner ecosystem.
Here are some tips for supporting your digestive health:
May Anne Jordens-LaFlamme is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and the owner of "Wellness with May Anne." She is passionate about helping women look and feel their best, so they can live a more fulfilling life - without dieting, deprivation, relying on willpower or cooking separate meals for the family.