May 27, 2013
In our last blog post, we discussed the role of food in your healthy lifestyle. What you eat has everything to do with your energy levels throughout the day, the efficiency and well-being of your organs, and the way you burn fat.
However, sometimes no matter what your diet, you may experience discomfort in the upper abdomen. This is commonly called indigestion, and can have a number of different causes. In some cases the cause may be a medical condition, and prolonged bouts of indigestion should certainly be checked out by a medical professional.
At Natren, we believe in wellness and preventative maintenance of the body – and undoubtedly the way that you treat your body can be a big factor in managing the causes of indigestion. Often you need look no further than how much or how fast you ate or drank, any anxieties, or medicines you may be taking. Assuming it is not a more serious medical issue, there are several things you can do to avoid this post-meal discomfort:
Eat Less and Chew More. Despite your mom’s insistence on “ breakfast, lunch and dinner,” experts tend to agree that it is smarter to eat more smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day. But Mom was right about one thing: chew your food! This helps for many reasons – smaller food pieces make it easier for your stomach to break down the fabric of the food; chewing thoroughly will reduce the amount of air you swallow with your food, and chewing will help the passage of enzymes into the food, helping the digestive process.
Manage Your Weight. This is simply a question of physics. A bigger mid-section will put pressure on your abdomen, causing your stomach to shift and pushing acid back up the esophagus, causing the discomfort associated with indigestion.
Exercise, Exercise, Exercise. There is no substitution for moving your body, whether it’s a long bike ride or a 20-minute walk. Exercise gets your blood flowing, your muscles working, and your organs doing their jobs. And the positive effect that it has on your psyche and digestion cannot be overstated.
Watch What You Drink. We have spoken a lot about food, but equally important is what you drink. Too much caffeine or alcohol can lead to increased acid reflux (where stomach acids find their way back into the esophagus). Overdoing soda and carbonated drinks can fill the stomach with gas, which has to go somewhere. Moderation is key.
Think about Trigger Foods and Stresses. If you suffer from recurring indigestion, start keeping a journal to see if you can trace the type of food or situation that may be causing it. Observing your patterns can be very helpful.
Natren recommends using Gastro-pH to help relieve occasional indigestion. It provides a substantial serving of Lactobacillus bulgaricus LB-51 super strain in the form of convenient, chewable wafers. This helps with the digestion of dairy products, carbohydrates and proteins, and also promotes the growth of other beneficial bacteria in the intestine.
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