Last year, consumers spent over $5.1 billion for just one popular acid indigestion medicine. This amount was for just this one medicine; it doesn’t even include all the dozens of other prescription and non-prescription medications on the market.
Sadly, many of those who took this medicine saw their symptoms get worse. Let’s look at some natural strategies for relieving the many digestive disorders we face today?
Resolving poor digestive health begins with reducing your response to stress. Deep breathing is an effective approach to stress management. Simply taking three deep breaths can break the cycle of chronic stress. Ten minutes of deep breathing is even better; this can often reduce your stress levels by 50 percent. After 20 minutes of deep breathing your brain begins releasing the hormones that repair your body – including your digestive tract. It’s best to practice deep breathing 10 minutes before each meal and 20 minutes at bedtime.
It’s important to select the right foods. High fiber and high water content fruits and vegetables are the foundation for good digestive health. Chew your foods completely. Don’t swallow until they are completely liquefied. Many nutritionists suggest eating starchy carbohydrates and proteins at different times. For example, steak and potatoes is a poor food combination for the same meal. Most adults cannot digest milk products. If you are unable to tolerate dairy products, avoid them. Also, gluten-containing grains (wheat, rye, oats, etc.) should be avoided if you have gluten sensitivity.
Supplements such as a digestive enzymes probiotic blend can be a real “lifesaver.” All it takes is two FloraVita capsules ever day for relief from poor digestion. But remember, you should always address the problem’s root cause. If it’s chronic stress, then stress reduction is the best strategy. You can bolster your defense against stress with Vitamin B-12 (necessary for digesting protein) and adaptogens.