It’s no secret that I have a super sensitive tummy. Unfortunately, I have a range of food sensitivities, that can cause pain, bloating and just general misery when my digestive system isn’t working properly. I’ve been travelling a lot this year, which means I can’t always control what is put into my food and I often get a sore tummy. Digestive problems are a common occurrence for a lot of people and can be caused by many different factors, whether it’s food intolerances, IBS or simply overindulging on rich heavy foods, that are hard to digest. If it’s something that happens for you a lot you might want to speak to a health care professional. If you would like to minimise the occurrence of any unpleasant symptoms from digestive issues, there are a few great all-natural digestive aids, that are my go to for when tummy trouble hits.
1. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a great natural digestive tool, and can be found in any grocery store. What’s even better is it isn’t going to break the bank. I like to start my day with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in some room temperature water and squeeze half a lemon. This helps increase your stomach acid so you can better digest your food. If you have frequent digestive problems then try having a tablespoon before every meal.
Ginger is another great pantry item that is amazing for the digestive system. It prevents bloating, reduces gas, and stimulates your digestive juices to better break down food. It’s also a mild muscle relaxant, helps to calm down an upset tummy and reduces any nausea. I like to use fresh ginger and crush about a 2 cm piece into some hot water, with a little bit of honey for some sweetness and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
Sometimes bloating can come from an imbalance of good or bad bacteria in your gut, especially if you have been on antibiotics. When the gut bacteria are imbalanced, then this can lead to all sorts digestive problems. A good quality probiotic can help restore the balance and get rid of any bloating and tummy problems. Any health food store or pharmacy should stock a good probiotic tablet that you can take on a daily basis.
4. Get moving
I know when your tummy hurts and you are feeling super bloated, it’s easy to want to curl up into a ball and not leave the house. However, getting some movement in will help the body and the digestive process get going. Even a gentle walk can really make a big difference.
5. Take an Epsom salt bath
Epsom salts are not only great to help your muscles recover after extensive exercise, but they can also help with digestive issues. Epsom salts are a great source of magnesium sulfate, which reduces inflammation in the body and plays an important role in the digestive tract. It’s best absorbed through the skin, which is why having it as a bath is most effective. Plus it’s a great way to de-stress, which also helps the digestive process.