Why it is important to take care of the good condition of the gastrointestinal tract and to deal with the unpleasant swelling.
One of the frequent complaints and a strong blow to female vanity is the swollen belly. The condition may be related to poor nutrition, high levels of stress, medication use, but sometimes it can also mean serious health problems. Swollen belly may be a sign of an allergic reaction or of gastrointestinal tract disorders (colitis, gastritis, etc.). If swelling is accompanied by signs of constipation and diarrhea (alternating between the two conditions), it may be related to the so- “Irritable bowel syndrome”.
Good digestion helps us not just to be weak, but to protect us from many diseases. Including a number of factors that accelerate the aging process can be controlled with balanced nutrition and optimal digestion. Therefore, it is important not to overlook the problems with the gastrointestinal tract.
If you often suffer from increased gas discharge, swelling, feeling of weight, cramps and pain (especially after meals), try the following easy-to-follow steps and you will be surprised at how great a certain effect can bring some elemental changes.
1. We all know we need to drink plenty of water, but do not think of it until the body clearly signals us – the feeling of strong thirst means that we are already dehydrated. At this point, the body has already turned on its defenses and starts to keep liquids, which is one of the reasons we feel unpleasantly swollen and heavier. Therefore, adhere to the rule that you take a daily minimum of 35 ml of water per kg of body weight. Water, not carbonated and sweetened drinks! If you complain that your water seems to be tasteless, drop a few slice of lemon into the glass.
2. Decrease the pace while eating . Fast food leads to more air, which also contributes to swelling of the abdomen. When we eat slowly and chew for a long time every bite, digestion begins from the mouth. This is the way to take care of our digestive system rather than hurting it, leading to fermentation processes and increased gasification.
3. Eat 3 times a day with a pause of at least 4 hours between meals. Over the past decades, meals have risen from 3 to 5, with shorter breaks between them. The other problem is that there are no regular intervals between breakfast, lunch and dinner, and we often allow them to snuggle between them. All this overloades the digestive system and not only leads to swelling, but is also one of the main culprits to gain extra pounds. The obesity epidemic nowadays is the result of both poor nutrition and our sedentary lifestyle, and the lack of rhythm in everyday life!
4. Start taking probiotics that support good digestion and balance bad bacteria in the digestive tract. Probiotics are an important prerequisite for building a healthy intestinal flora, which we already know to determine in the long run both our weight and our health. Probiotics are rich in fermented foods such as yoghurt, kefir, combuca, sauerkraut and others.
5. Increase your potassium intake , which has an important role in regulating body fluids. With its help we balance the sodium levels, so we protect ourselves from water retention. Potassium-rich foods are: dark leafy vegetables, bananas, sweet potatoes, lentils, salmon, and more.
6. Include diuretic foods in your menu – they stimulate the production and release of urine and help to remove liquids and clear toxins and unnecessary substances from the body. Such powerful natural diuretics are pumpkins, watermelons, melons, pears, cherries and apples.
7. After 14 hours, avoid taking raw fruits and vegetables – take them heat-treated. Why is this important? In the afternoon and evening hours, raw foods can not be sufficiently processed because of the lack of digestive enzymes. This causes processes of rot and fermentation and leads to unpleasant swelling of the abdomen.
8. Swelling of the abdomen is often not the result of overeating but is a consequence of inflammation of the small intestine. In these cases, mineral salts can also help. Shusler therapists offer the following combination of salts, with 5 tablets. of every day: Salt No. 2 Calcium Phosphate (stabilizes cell membrane), No. 4 Potassium Chloride (Regenerates intestinal mucosa), No. 9 Sodium Phosphate (supports metabolism) and No. 10 Sodium Sulphate (Stimulating Excretory Processes).
9. Be careful with excessive protein intake. While protein intake has risen by about 200-300% over the last 60 years, food intake has fallen by about 25% over the same period. The deficiency of minerals, vitamins and trace elements, on the one hand, and the excessive presence of proteins, on the other hand, are the most common causes of chronic diseases, the so-called “modern society diseases”, among which are metabolic disorders, irritable syndrome colon (with diarrhea, constipation), food allergies and intolerances, etc.
10. Remember that stomach problems are very often the expression of chronic stress. If the body-specific mechanism of stress is triggered too often, our intestinal ecosystem and, above all, our sensitive intestinal mucosa suffer. For its part, it sends signals of stress to the brain and it itself becomes an internal source of stress. We can get into the vicious circle of a constant tension with all its negative health consequences. Take care to reduce stress in your everyday life through appropriate techniques: conscious breathing, meditation, practicing yoga, regular sports and outdoor exercise.