The Stress Effect on the Gut

Excess Stress Affects your Gut

Stress is part of everyday life and it’s important to keep you alert and aware of your surroundings so that you can avoid danger. But unfortunately, excess stress is not good for your digestive system. It can have a negative effect on your gut because stress affects the production of digestive enzymes and the numbers of good gut bacteria. I know it’s difficult to avoid stress, life is busy and most of you are on the go the whole time. You can only do your best.

Symptoms of digestive problems

Symptoms of digestive problems can include bloating, sluggishness, constipation, heartburn, or you might even have episodes of diarrhoea. Eating while stressed, on the go, or when you’re angry is not helpful either. When you are eating try to be relaxed and calm, chew your food well, and avoid reading or watching electronic devices. Focus on the meal in full and be aware of what you’re eating, the smell, the colour, the taste, this is an important part of the digestive process.

It is important to look after your digestive system as long-term stress can also cause problems with absorbing nutrients from the food you eat. As well as digestive problems you may notice changes in your energy levels, mood, your hair, or skin. So, looking after your gut is crucial.

Foods to support digestion

Fermented foods to support the digestive system include kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha, miso, tempeh, natural yoghurt, apple cider vinegar. A glass of warm water with a teaspoon of cider and sipped throughout the meal may help. When choosing yoghurts or kefir choose ones without any added sugar. Herbal teas containing milk thistle, yarrow, dandelion, fennel or peppermint are ideal to promote healthy digestion. Herbs like caraway, dill, fennel, and ginger are perfect to add to your dishes too.

Supplements to support digestion

There are supplements that you can take to help support your digestive system. It can be difficult to figure out if you need digestive enzymes or if you need to replenish good gut bacteria, sometimes you need both.

You could start with digestive enzymes; they will help you to digest the food you eat so that you can absorb the nutrients you are eating. Digestive enzymes like Udo’s Choice Digestive Enzymes can help digest most food groups including bread, meat, vegetables, and dairy products. You simply take one with each meal, they work throughout the entire digestive tract. Over time, this will help you to get the benefit from the food you eat and an improvement in your symptoms. This time of year you might be traveling you could take the Udo's Digestive Enzyme travel size on your trip with you, perfect for travel or taking to work with you.

Don’t let stress impact on your digestive system.

Look after your digestive system and you are on your way to optimum health

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