OKKKKKKK, so it has been a while! In the time I wrote my last blog post, I have graduated, moved abroad and have started the journey to really focus on my health.
For those of you that are new, a few years ago I suffered from major digestive issues which really affected my health mentally and physically. I was told by so many medics that there was no real fix and it would be something I would have to manage . . This really knocked me, however after doing a dissertation of the role of sugar and digestion I thought I would do a summary post on ways I have PERSONALLY learnt to aid my digestive health.
- Cutting out processed foods: This one for me has been key. I used to have a diet so high in sugar and I swiftly learnt this would lead to an unhealthy body internally. The more ” RAW” something is, the better it will digestive in the body therefore ensuring minimal damage to the body’s insides. I try my hardest to limit sugar rather than exclude it, as I mentioned sugar was central to my diet a few years ago. These days I choose 70% or higher dark chocolate when I am craving sugar.
- I found out I am intolerant to gluten: I urge everyone to make note of what you eat in the form of a food diary and monitor it closely. I learnt I am intolerant to gluten as well as dairy through trial and error and feel so much better cutting it out altogether.
- Don’t stress: EASIER SAID THAN DONE I KNOW I KNOW, but scientists have discovered many links between the stomach and the brain therefore when you are stressed your stomach becomes affected negatively. The ways I combat stress are going to the gym regularly and getting enough sleep.
- PEPPERMINT TEA: This is probably one of my favourites as the properties of peppermint are very soothing to the stomach after eating something that has triggered intolerance or sensitivities. I feel so much better drinking peppermint tea before or after a meal to aid my digestion.
- SAY NO TO EXCESSIVE MEDICINE: I am no doctor, nor am I suggesting everyone should avoid medicine dedicated to treating stomach and digestive issues, however for me personally medicine was never a long-term solution. Whilst I do occasionally use natural supplements to work alongside fixing my stomach, I try to avoid medicine as I aim to heal my body as naturally as I can.
I feel that researching the topic and being patient in finding information or advice has been crucial for me to understand digestion and MY body. Remember that everyone is different and just because something doesn’t work for me doesn’t imply that it will not work for someone else!