We all go through stressful times, most of us try to take it in our stride - but how often do we consider the impact of stress on our health and well-being? It is proven that mental and physical stress can take a toll on our bodies and this includes our gut and digestion...
It could be time for some probiotic TLC!
In high doses, caffeine can increase your anxiety level. You should probably cut back on caffeine if you experience a ‘jittery’ feeling after drinking or eating. Reducing caffeine can also reduce your chances of an upset stomach, acid reflux, and aggravating certain GI disorders. Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, energy drinks, and even chocolate.
Eat prebiotics and probiotics (KEFIR YAY!!)
When it comes to your diet, reach for foods that promote good gut bacteria, like prebiotics and probiotics (read more on this below).
Focus on hydration
Staying hydrated is critical to your digestive health. It will help to keep things moving as they should be.
To boost and support digestion, make sure you’re getting enough physical activity on a consistent basis, like walking and running. Exercises which focus on alignment and posture, may also alleviate gastrointestinal symptoms and improve stress outcomes.
Try mindful meditation
Meditation along with deep breathing techniques may lower inflammation, a marker of stress in the body. In turn, this may relieve an overstressed digestive system.
Want foods that are good for the gut?
1. Fruits and vegetables with inulin, like asparagus, banana, garlic, and onions, contain prebiotics.
2. Fermented foods, like kefir, kimchi, kombucha, natto, sauerkraut, tempeh, and yogurt all contain probiotics.
3. Prebiotics and probiotics can alter the bacteria makeup in the gut microbiome and create the ideal environment for more good bacteria to flourish and support digestion.