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Improve Your Symptoms of IBS in 6 Simple Steps

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is characterized by a massive variety of chronic digestive ailments, including bloating, excessive gas, stomach, back, and groin pain, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, and more. Technically a diagnosis of exclusion, those who suffer from it are often also depressed, because no real diagnosis, means no real cure.

Making radical life style changes can help big time, and although it may seem impossible, it’s not. And once you feel great for the first time in years, you’ll have no problem wanting to continue along the path to good digestive health.

There are many things one can do to improve the symptoms of IBS, including the following:

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Consume only foods that are simple for your body to digest.

What does this mean, exactly? It means literally eat foods that your digestive system can process without much effort. Nothing heavy, and nothing that your body will naturally want to fight; you have to get rid of the common triggers. Here’s a list of common offenders to stay away from:

  • Dairy
  • Breads
  • Red meat
  • Processed foods
  • Heavy sugar
  • Caffeine and alcohol

Eat plenty of fibre, but make sure you do it properly.

Replacing dead and non-nutritive foods with ones that contribute to healing your gut is important. For many people who suffer with IBS, constipation is a real issue. To combat constipation, you have to be eating enough fibre-rich foods, but you also have to drink enough water so that the fibre can move along properly, to do its job.

Here are a few foods that are high in fibre:

  • Beans (black, navy, pinto, garbanzo (chickpeas) and kidney beans)
  • Legumes (peas, green beans)
  • Fruits (apples, pears, berries, watermelon, plums, peaches)
  • Vegetables (leafy greens, asparagus, broccoli, artichokes)
  • Roots (sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, and other tubers)
  • Whole grains (quinoa, oats, couscous, millet, and sprouted wheat)
  • NutraCleanse™ (add 1/3 cup daily to smoothies and/or oatmeal)
  • Dried fruit (figs, dates raisins, and prunes)

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Stay very hydrated.

This is so important, because water helps to break down the foods you eat. It keeps your whole body moving the way it was designed. If you allow yourself to become dehydrated, you limit what your body can do for you.

Manage your stress.

This is massively important for people suffering with IBS. There is a well-known brain-gut connection, and when you’re stressed out, your digestive system responds to that. By staying relatively stress-free, you can manage your gut flare-ups. Here are some ways to help manage stress:

  • Meditate
  • Breathe consciously
  • Do yoga
  • Know your limitations when it comes to work and family
  • Get help when you need it
  • Exercise

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Exercise daily.

The last point in the stress category gets its own little section, here. Exercise not only helps to manage stress; it also helps to keep the stomach toned and the digestive system moving. By literally moving your abdominal muscles, you help your digestive system work better.

So get moving!

Take probiotics and digestive enzymes, and eat fermented foods.

This last point is really all about maintenance. One of the known contributors to IBS is deleted digestive enzymes. Your enzymes can be low because of a variety of factors, including diet, stress, and other lifestyle issues, such as alcohol abuse and chronic illness.

So let’s get them back!

You can purchase probiotics (friendly bacteria) and digestive enzymes at your local health foods store, or grocery store pharmacy.

As for the fermented food, it contains natural digestive enzymes, too. The following foods are great for digestive health, and for those with IBS:

  • Kombucha
  • Sauerkraut
  • Pickled vegetables (different than conventional pickles)
  • Miso

By following the six steps above, you will learn how to maintain a happy, healthy gut. You don’t need to suffer with IBS; you just have to learn how to manage it properly. Want to read more? We have the book for you, and you can order it HERE:

Happy Healthy Gut

10 Simple Ways to Improve Gut Health

We all suffer from digestive issues now and again, but what happens when we suffer from them more often than not? Having chromic digestive problems is a definite red flag that shouldn’t be ignored. Your gut is your second brain, and many of your everyday functions and processes are affected by how healthy it is (or isn’t).

So—what are some ways we can improve our gut health? We have 10 ideas:

Eat Real Food

What do we mean by ‘real food?’ We mean food that nourishes your body and provides adequate support for cell growth and repair. Food that comes from nature, like fruits and vegetables, legumes, beans, nuts, and whole grains.

Not packaged foods, or foods that are high in added sugar, filler, or preservatives.

Chew Your Food Well

This might sound silly, but we live in a country full of busy people. Our culture doesn’t place emphasis on relaxation and rest, and we eat the way we live.

(Fast.)

By not chewing your food well and taking the time to eat properly, our digestive system pays a steep price. So slow down, enjoy your food, and let your tummy work the way it’s supposed to.

Drink Lots of Water

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We know you know this, but honestly? None of us heed the advice very well. But by creating a chronically dehydrated state within our bodies, we force our digestive system to try and process what it needs to, without the right tools. To properly digest food, our stomach and intestines need to have a certain level of lubrication and liquid, and that comes from water.

So drink up!

Take a Probiotic

These suckers work. By routinely feeding yourself stuff that your body doesn’t like, you build an irregular balance of good-to-bad bacteria in your gut. To get that balance back to normal, probiotics are necessary.

Basically, you’re swallowing live bacteria that will go down your throat and into your tummy, where they will live on to fight the icky bad guys. Do it.

Exercise Regularly

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We know—this one’s a no-brainer. But it’s super necessary! You need to move your body to get things moving (if you know what we mean), and exercise is how you do it. Even a 20-minute walk every day can make SUCH a difference to your digestive health—your belly will thank you for it, we promise.

Eat Fermented Foods

And we’re not talking about grapes. (Ha.) What we are talking about, is fermented vegetables, kombucha, good quality yogurt, kefir, etc. Fermented foods are super high in good bacteria, and over time, they can have a huge impact on the health of your digestive environment.

Incorporate NutraCleanse into Your Daily Diet

Yep—we’re plugging our own product here. But seriously? The main ingredient in NutraCleanse™ (flax seed) is incredibly high in fibre and other nutrients that aid a healthy digestive system. As adults, we’re supposed to be raking in about 34 grams of fibre a day—which is waaaayyy more than the 11 grams we actually take in. (On average, of course.)

An incredibly easy way to increase your fibre intake, is by mixing 1/3 cup of NutraCleanse™ (per day) into smoothies, oatmeal, baked goods, and more.

Manage Stress

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Here we go with that “second brain” thing again. Stress plays a massive role in your health—actually, scratch that—the way you handle stress plays a massive role in your health.

And stress can mess with your stomach.

Although most people think the mind is what takes the brunt of your stress, that’s not necessarily true. Because of your brain-to-gut connection (both organs were originally one, and the term ‘enteric nervous system’ is used in the medical field to discuss that connection), stress can appear in the form of stomach knots, constipation, indigestion, and more.

So what do you do?

Lower that stress level and learn to manage stress better. You can do this by exercising regularly, eating well, meditating and practicing yoga.

Do whatever works for you.

Love your Liver

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Essentially, if you can boost your liver, you can heal your bad gut. By adding foods like leafy greens, beets, carrots, bitters, dandelion, and milk thistle, you inadvertently improve the health of your digestive system.

Listen to Your Body

Again, we’re busy people who live busy lives. But by taking the time to listen to your body, we can really help to manage stress, know when a certain food isn’t working well for us, notice when a certain food is, and recognize the need for downtime and sleep.

By listening to your body, you can put all of the ideas listed above into play—and your digestive system will flourish and be healthy.

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5 Natural Ways to Combat Constipation

Being constipated isn’t fun. In fact, chronic constipation can create some pretty major health problems, including (but not limited to) depression, diverticular disease, and can even contribute to colon cancer. Just as chronic stress has recently been found to be heavily correlated with disease, so has chronic constipation. (Just to be clear, “chronic” refers to ongoing conditions, not those that occur just once or twice.)

While there are many over-the-counter remedies that tout their helpfulness in helping one overcome constipation, it’s actually much better too try and relieve the condition naturally. This means consuming whole foods, exercising, and adopting lifestyle habits that are conducive to a healthy bowel.

Here are 5 ways to combat constipation naturally:

Drink Up

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Drinking at least 6 cups (or 48 ounces) of water daily can greatly help promote healthier bowel movements. Without enough fluid, stool simply cannot be passed easily. Bowel movements should be quick and effortless, and if this isn’t the case for you, then you should drink more water.

Walk Baby, Walk

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Incorporating walking into your daily routine is a great way to get your bowels moving. Different than weight lifting or attending spin class, walking works most of the muscles in your abdomen and the slow and steady movement induces a full-body stimulation.

Eat Your Veggies

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Your mom wasn’t joking—fruit and veggies are essential to good health, and to keeping a happy tummy. The fiber that these foods naturally possess helps to give stool shape and bulk, and promotes daily expulsion of waste. Aside from the fiber, fruit and vegetables are also chalk full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Eat Smart

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Becoming aware of how many foods you consume each day that may contribute to a slow and sluggish bowel, is key. Foods like heavy breads, pasta, dairy, and sugar can really throw your digestive tract of track. By making better choices, we can make an enormous difference in our bowel health.

Increase Your Fibre with NutraCleanseTM

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Incorporating NutraCleanseTM into your diet may take your bowel health to another level. It ensures you receive adequate amounts of fiber (the main benefit of flax seed, which our product is primarily composed of), and gently promotes overall digestive health.

Cheers to a happy healthy gut and please take care!