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Well and Good: Digestive Dilemma

Digestive health isn’t something you think about everyday. We tend to take the intricacies of our bodies for granted… until there’s a problem. It’s been said that the digestive system acts as a “second brain”… a kind of processing center for the energy we eat. It also absorbs the vitamins and minerals our bodies need to function properly. Digestive problems can affect every aspect of life and they’re no fun! From bloating to nausea and gas, chances are we’ve all experienced digestive issues at one point or another. Here are a few of the most common digestive issues we see and the FRESH way to address them!

Gas. We hope you’re making an effort to eat healthier and increase fiber in your diet! When your body isn’t used to breaking down (insoluble) fiber in vegetables, fruits and whole grains, the adjustment period can be challenging. Often, gas is an embarrassing side effect of adding fiber abruptly instead of increasing gradually. If you’re experiencing this unpleasant symptom, we suggest backing down on the fiber levels and increasing slowly. Let’s say that you want to get to a goal of 25 grams of fiber daily. If you’re currently getting 10 grams, don’t try and get to 25 grams overnight. Add 3-5 grams and leave the levels there for a couple of days to allow your body to adjust. Do this until you reach your goal of 25 grams each day. But what to do about the gas, you ask? We like Hyland’s Gas and Bloating remedy. It’s homeopathic, so it won’t interfere with any other medications and we’ve heard great feedback about it from our guests! If you notice that specific foods are causing gas, you might need to add an enzyme to your supplement plan. Come see us for individualized suggestions on remedies for you!

Bloating. Women seem to experience this symptom more frequently than men. When your abdomen feels full and tight, and you’re suddenly uncomfortable in the clothes you’ve been wearing all day, you’re probably experiencing bloating. The most common reasons for bloating related to digestion are:

  • Overeating. Try smaller portions.
  • High-fat meals. Fried catfish with french fries and hush puppies? This meal might be popular, but it will probably lead to bloating. Swap the fries for a baked potato or other vegetable and you’re on your way!
  • Eating too quickly. Try eating at a slower pace. You might be surprised at how much better you feel and at how much less you eat!

 

Nausea. Feeling nauseous after eating a big meal is miserable. Often, eating food that is too rich for us can cause us to feel sick. The remedy? Just have a bite or two of the pie, not the entire pie! Seriously, though, it’s a good idea to monitor portions of rich food. Drinking vinegar and grapefruit juice has also been a successful remedy for many freshies. Another option is our Gin-Gins… individually wrapped ginger candy that are a convenient add-in for your purse or desk drawer!

Digestive issues are no fun, but here at FRESH, we’ve got you covered. Still have questions? Come see us! We’d love to talk with you about natural remedies for your digestive health.

If you’re experiencing major digestive problems, please see your healthcare provider.