Hi!! I haven’t been posting a bunch (or at all). I’ve been celebrating the holidays with friends and family and eating and drinking too much. My stomach has definitely been feeling the aftermath. I’ve had a very sensitive stomach my whole life. I would constantly feel bloated and like everything I ate upset my stomach. After finally doing some research and trying out different methods/products, I have definitely learned to tame my tummy.
I am in no way an expert on vitamins/supplements, these are just what I’ve been taking to help my digestion and aid in a healthy gut. Everyone’s bodies are different so while your gut regimen may not be identical to mine, I hope these steps inspire you to make some healthy changes to your diet.
Listen to your body
It’s that easy. Start by trying to target certain foods that you notice aren’t making you feel good. For me, pizza, cereal, coffees with cream or milk, were upsetting my stomach. I started to cut dairy out of my diet and it really helped tremendously. The foods we put into our body directly affect how we feel. It’s obvious but just thought I’d remind you 🙂
Add a probiotic to your diet
Simply put, probiotics are live bacteria that are good for your body, specifically your digestive system and gut health. When I went into The Vitamin Shoppe, I was overwhelmed by how many different probiotics there were to choose from. I’ve found a great article by HUM Nutrition, that helps you determine which type of probiotic is best for you, read it here.
Water, water, water
Water is just good for you, obviously. But I’m sure your daily water intake is more than you think. I use the WaterMinder app to keep track of my water intake. It tells me how many ounces I should be drinking according to my weight/height/etc. You can record the water you drink throughout the day, it just takes something simple like drinking water, and adds a bit of fun to it. Also, if you’re having trouble drinking enough water, buy yourself a nice water bottle. Swell bottles are my favorite, they’re a bit pricey, but they’re so cute and I use mine every single day. There’s also a bunch of more affordable water bottles on Amazon. Such as these pretty glass water bottles, here.
Reduce your stress
Stress can do some crazy things, this includes throwing your digestive system out of wack. Everyone deals with stress in different ways (I have a post on tips for managing stress, if you have time, you can read it, here) but the trick is finding what works best for you. The worst thing you can do is ignore it. Recently, I’ve jumped on the essential oils train. The peppermint and eucalyptus scents are really relaxing at night or uplifting in the morning while I’m getting ready for work. Whenever I’m feeling stressed, I just think of simple things that can make my day better (soy cappuccino from Starbucks, listening to music, cleaning/organizing). Whatever it is, find it and stick to it and your body will thank you.
This is so important. I cannot stress this enough. Exercising helps keep your food moving through your body and avoid constipation (gross, but true). Don’t get me wrong, I struggle with making it to the gym sometimes, everyone does. But I try to get back on track as soon as possible. Regular exercise also helps maintain a constant weight, which is also good for your gut and digestive health. If you can, get something that can track your exercise and activity like a fitbit or Apple watch. Seeing how much your moving (or not moving) per day can really motivate you to want to do more for yourself.
After the holidays, I’m sure all of our bodies could use a little extra attention. Do some research and even ask a doctor what steps you should take if you’re having digestive issues, or just ways that you can improve your gut health.
Here are some probiotics and other products that I’ve taken or read really good reviews on:
- Love Bug Probiotic
- Rainbow Light Organic Women’s Multivitamin
- Vitamin Shoppe Probiotic
- HUM Nutrition Gut Instinct