Follow Your Gut, Take Care Of Your Stomach

When you look at ways to take better care of your health, often you look at some of the most vitally important specific parts of the body. There’s a lot of information on how to look after your heart, and just as much on how to look after your head. But what about your gut? It hasn’t been in the limelight as often, but people are starting to learn just how important the health of their stomach and digestive system is. So, here we’re going to look at three of the biggest impacts you can make in improving your stomach.

Follow Your Gut
Maintain the balance

Our stomachs can actually be pretty delicate. The acids in there are essential for breaking down food, but when they’re disturbed, they can start causing real problems. As Refluxgate shows, it can go a lot further than just a momentary case of heartburn as well. If you start suffering reflux, indigestion, or heartburn regularly, it is worth seeing a doctor as well as treating it with antacids and looking at the habits that could be causing that reflux. Overindulgence in alcohol, fatty or sugary foods, and smoking can all wreak havoc. This can lead not only to temporary heartburn but long-term issues like silent reflux that can increase your risk of stomach ulcers, cancers, and cardiovascular issues.

Foster a better community

Our stomach is the beginning of our digestive system which is designed to help us filter out the bad and absorb more of the good from our food. Even if you’re making improvements to your diet, if you don’t take care of your gut health, you won’t be getting all the vitamins and minerals from your meals that you should be. For that reason, probiotics have become a popular choice for those making improvements to their diet. These help foster the communities of “good” bacteria that help further break down the food. They also neutralize some of the toxic byproducts of the digestion process and reduce harmful substances like carcinogens in the stomach.

Keep a body clock

Everything in our body runs on schedule. It’s why people who stay up all night are more likely to feel stressed and low-energy even if they get eight hours of sleep in the day. The same goes for your gut. How well your body is able to digest food, to produce insulin, and regular different hormone levels in response to your health depends on when you eat, not just what you eat. Womenshealthmag takes a closer look at when you should eat, coming to the conclusion that every 3-to-4 hours is the most effective “waiting” period, though you should get more specific, eating an hour after rising, more than three hours before bed, and within 45 minutes of finishing a workout.

Gut health goes a lot further than just how your stomach feels. It’s connected to the risk of cancer, of heart conditions, how effective your diet is and much more. It’s time to start paying more attention to that gut feeling.


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