Keeping your body looking healthy on the outside is one thing, but it is important that you consider the workings of your insides as well. Digestive complaints are something that we all deal with at some stage in our lives, and some of us (myself included) have to work with them on a daily basis. Issues such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), IBD (irritable bowel disease) and celiac disease are just a few of the conditions that commonly affect young people these days. With symptoms that include bloating, gas, stomach pains and cramps, to more serious symptoms including diarrhoea, vomiting and extreme fatigue, it can be really unpleasant at times.
However just because you might have a sensitive digestive system and need to be more careful about what you eat and drink, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy life to the fullest!
If anything, learning about what works for me and what doesn’t food wise, has actually helped me to enjoy food and life in general that little bit more.
If you find that you often suffer from digestive complaints, then it is a good idea to start paying attention to your body and getting to the bottom of what is going on.
Firstly; if you think you have a serious digestive condition and you haven’t yet seen your doctor or health professional, then I suggest you make an appointment. Knowing what is wrong is the first step in changing your life for the better!
Secondly; listen to your body. If something you eat doesn’t agree with you, then chances are you shouldn’t be eating it. This trial and error form of eating will help you eliminate the foods you should be avoiding, so that you can get on the right track towards feeling healthy and energised.
Thirdly; try and follow the basic rules of healthy eating:
- Chew your food properly - This is a really important part of the digestion process, in fact it is recommended that we try and chew each mouthful 40 times!
- Stop when you feel satisfied - Overeating is a sure way to give you stomach upsets, so try to eat slowly and stop when you feel satisfied. Often when we are hungry and are eating quickly, we don’t give the food enough time to settle in our stomach before we eat more. This can result in over eating.
- Moderation is the key - Try to eat a balanced diet with different types of food in moderation. If you sit down and eat a whole bowl of olives, just because you like them, chances are your tummy might make you pay for it afterwards.
So remember to love your guts! Because a healthy digestive system will help you live a happy and healthy life!