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8 Signs Your Digestive System Is Suffering And Largely Affecting Your Overall Health

8 Signs Your Digestive System Is Suffering And Largely Affecting Your Overall Health

Your stomach is like a second brain. Sounds crazy, right? But it is. It’s incredibly smart and its overall health is integral to all things within your body functioning correctly.

Everything is about balance and about needing all types of nutrients in order to keep the body functioning correctly and at the right speed. Your gut is at the helm of the body’s health. When it isn’t running well, or if it starts to become polluted, there are obvious ways that your body will make this obvious to you. Need to know more? Read the following 8 signs that your digestive system is suffering and affecting your overall health. 

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1. You always feel tired

If you are always feeling run down, this is a visible sign that something is not functioning properly. If your digestive system is weakened by a poor diet, it actively strains the immune system. The body is made up of bacteria. If the gut is overrun with bad bacteria and is not balanced with better bacterias, the immune system is constantly suppressed and eventually becomes weak. So, if you are feeling run down all the time, look into improving your gut health first.

2. Your skin problems never disappear

Ever heard of face mapping? This is where spots on certain areas of your face determine which parts of your digestive system are in need of help. The skin is an organ, remember? And a huge one at that. It is an extension of your lungs, and if your insides are suffering, you will quite literally see it on your face. Your body will excrete ill health and spots on your face — in particular, your cheeks are a huge indicator that your gut needs work.

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3. You feel anxious and/or irritable

The brain is directly linked to your digestive health. So if you are feeling anxious, depressed, or irritable, it can be a sign that your insides are ill. There are millions of neurons in our intestinal walls that make up our Enteric Nervous System (ENS). Good bacteria in the gut will quite literally have a positive effect on your mind.

4. You suffer from frequent infections

Similar to feeling tired a lot, frequent infections will indicate where your gut health is at. When our immune system is oppressed and is busy fighting bad bacteria, we are at the whim of infections. We need to be in good health overall so that when an infection or virus hits, we have the strength to fight it off.

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5. You find it hard to concentrate

Feeling irritable and being in general ill health upset your whole system. Your entire body will be feeling less than good and its ailments will demand your attention. Our bodies are incredibly smart and will be sending you signals to start healing what is polluted. We just need to listen.

6. You have bad breath

When a build up of yeast, infection, or bad bacteria occurs within the digestive system, we can be privy to bad breath and sour tastes within our mouths. We should take this as a sign to investigate — bad breath is a good sign that there is an overgrowth of bad bacteria in your intestines.

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7. You are constipated

Constipation is really quite harmful to the system if it continues. Waste that is not eliminated from the body can stagnate and release harmful toxins within the body. If your gut is healthy, you should be having regular, pain-free bowel movements. In fact, this is one of the best ways to ensure your gut is on the right track to health.

8. You sleep poorly

Like your bowel movements, your sleeping patterns will be a key indicator of good gut health. If you sleep quite soundly through the night, you are probably okay. Your organs will otherwise warn you of issues, so if you find yourself waking up through the night, particularly at similar times each evening, this is a good sign that something is wrong inside.

The good thing is you can begin to heal yourself of these ailments by taking good care of your gut health with probiotics and a diet that suits your internal balance and needs.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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