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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 December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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