Our Digestive System is Important to our Health

Hello everyone and thank you for visiting.

We are fast approaching the holiday season. Parties, family, food and fun, equal anxiety, stress!

When our bodies are under these types of stressors, we lose sight of our regular schedules of exercise and nutrition. Our digestive system is responsible for many parts of our health. It starts at our mouths and ends in the bathroom. It processes our food. It absorbs nutrients into our bloodstreams. It eliminates the indigestible parts from our food and turns it into energy.

The most common digestive issues are usually diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux, bloating, vomiting.

When feeling any of these symptoms, fill your plate with fiber rich vegetables, and grains such as oatmeal. They are digested slowly and prevent bloating, and reflux. Bloating effects people in many different ways. Some people have an extended belly, gas, and burping. To counteract these symptoms, try eliminating carbonated beverages, sodium, beer, alcohol, coffee and try to eat slower.

Oh Crap! Diarrhea and Constipation. These are two different problems. If it’s diarrhea, stick to the BRAT Diet. Bananas, rice, apples, toast and tea. No butter on the toast! Crackers are good too. These foods are easy to digest and easy on the digestive system.

Constipation is a “i wish that I could” Crap. The CRAP Diet is a combination of cranberries, rasins, apricots, and prunes. These foods contain lots of fiber to help move things through the digestive system. It can easily help move all of the unnecessary waste through your system. Combined with drinking water helps the process move more efficiently.

Reflux, the problem with reflux is that it travels upwards in your gut and into your stomach. The acid in your stomach burns, then you feel like you need to vomit. If this happens, don’t lay down. This can help increase dangerous inflammation. Wait until you have started to or have digested your food before going to bed. Also avoid foods such as peppers, spicy foods, caffeine, alcohol and reduce eating chocolate. Tomatoes and citrus fruits are also not good and acidic.

Try to enjoy the holidays. Restrict alcohol, spicy foods, and overall, eat smaller plates of food. Load your plate first with vegetables, then add a little protein and some berries, salad and some grains. This will keep you on track for the holidays. And it will satiate your cravings for sugar.

Lastly, sugguest a long walk after your big meals, this also helps with the process of digestion.

Stay healthy, and eat healthy, just not too much and the right things.

Remember to make a memory each day, and don’t apologize for who you are….Rebecca