A Happy Stomach = A Happy Mind
There is nothing more annoying and exhausting than an unhappy stomach. Since I was 15 years old I have suffered from different kind of stomach issues (IBS – irritable bowel syndrome). The life of a person with a sensitive stomach is not always easy, but with time I have learned to cope with my symptoms and I have found out what works best for me; what food I should eat and what food I should stay away from in order to decrease all the disturbing symptoms.
If I stay far away from processed foods, gluten and dairy my stomach is usually fine. However, a few months ago I started having problems with my digestion. Some days it is completely fine and my stomach is calm & happy, whilst other days my stomach is bloated and painful. It is not what I eat that is causing problems, it is that I’m eating. No matter how healthy the food is I get bloated and my stomach starts cramping. Luckily this does not happen every day, but when it does it is affecting my every day life. However I have some tips & tricks that has helped me enormously.
Tips for a harmonious gut
- Eat clean, wholesome food – The cleaner diet the better. I try to eat as much plant based food as possible and stay away from processed foods. Fuelling my body with loads of vegetables, leafy greens and complex carbohydrates, as well as supplements such as MSM powder, spirulina, chlorella and glutamine have had a positive impact on my gut health.
- Stay away from artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols – I try to eliminate these two since they easily cause gas, diarrhea and bloating.
- Drink plenty of water – I have definitely noticed a big difference when I have increased my water intake. I always start my day with a big glass of water, preferably with lemon. I try not to drink liquids with my meals since it makes it harder to break down the food.
- Stress less – When I’m feeling stressed my stomach usually go bananas. I try to think positive and not worry too much. In order to calm down and have a positive mindset I try to practise yoga as much as possible. 15 minutes per day is enough!
- Digestive enzymes & Probiotics – This is by far the one thing that has helped me the most. I take 1-2 digestive enzymes at every meal and 1 tablet of probiotics per day. My life savers at the moment 😉
- Get enough sleep – I try to get 7-8 hours sleep per night. If I do not get enough sleep my stomach usually gets upset and I feel very sluggish.
- Exercise – Being active helps a lot. Although it can be uncomfortable to exercise when the stomach is bloated it usually feels much better afterwards.