We could all probably think of the way that healthy living standards have decreased in general over the years. Obesity becoming a widespread epidemic is one of them. But bigger bellies aren’t the only risks our gut can pose. Digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome are on the rise and a lot of it is down to our lifestyle choices, though some are more at risk than others. How do we manage the danger our bellies might get us in?
Mind what you put in it
IBS isn’t a disease or a set condition, but rather a set of symptoms that tend to get grouped together because their causes and relationships are often shared. Most of those symptoms have one thing in particular in common: how we eat. We can control those symptoms with our diet. Many people have individualized experiences of what foods bring on symptoms like bloating, diarrhea, gas, aches, and constipation. Keeping a meal diary and noting the correlation between foods and symptoms can be a great help in avoiding them in future. In general, common agitators include sugary fruits, dairy, artificial sweeteners, and caffeine.
Your head matters, too
The mind also plays a surprising role in your gut health, too. Indigestion and heartburn coming with stress aren’t just a stereotype, they have very real links. Your stomach’s functions shut up under stress as a reaction to the “fight or flight” responses in your brain. Managing your stress with apps like Pacifica can help you minimize the amount of time your stomach spends in this shut-down state. That can drastically reduce the instances and length of cases of constipation, heartburn, and other symptoms.
Build a healthier gut
If you’re having recurring digestive issues, then you can take steps to directly battle them, as well. Supplements like IBS Relief don’t just tackle symptoms like bloating, gas, and aches. They also play a role in addressing the balance of bacteria in your stomach. They, alongside foods like low lactose yogurts, are full of probiotics that improve the ratio of good bacteria in your stomach. On the other hand, they also challenge the buildups of bad bacteria that instigate many of the symptoms named above.
Put your head down
There’s one “habit” that links all the others mentioned above. Sleep is crucial to all the functions of the body and one of the most immediately noticeable changes under poor sleep is gut health. Sleep disorders are also a common result of IBS, so they have to be challenge together as a pair of linked problems, rather than one necessarily being the cause of the other. Beyond the steps above, make changes to your life that could make it easier to get a good night’s sleep, including a proper nighttime schedule, tidying the room you sleep in and scenting the room with lavender.
The points above might sound like micromanaging your life but the truth is that many of us have let our lifestyles get too out-of-control. If we don’t want our upset stomachs running the rest of our lives, we have to consider how we affect them with our choices.