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Bloating Can Be Caused By Slow Digestion, Not Eating The Wrong Foods

Bloating Can Be Caused By Slow Digestion, Not Eating The Wrong Foods

Our body is a wonderful thing; it functions without us even having to think about it, from our heart continuously beating, to our lungs filling up with oxygen. The same goes for our digestive system – the whole complex process from the the food entering our mouth to being broken down, sifting out the needed nutrients and getting rid of waste – is something we don’t have to give a second thought to.

However, when this process is disrupted in any way, we can start to see and feel the consequences with one of the main symptoms being bloating around the stomach area. Most of us can identify with that uncomfortable tight feeling but what causes bloating? There are a few reasons, but one common cause is slow digestion.

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How Slow Digestion Can Lead to Bloating

Our digestive system normally runs on a 24-72 hour cycle from the moment we get up in the morning and eat breakfast, all the way to dinner and going to bed. When this complex system is disrupted by being slowed down, excess gas is produced and trapped within the gastrointestinal tract.

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Since the digestive process is not working at its optimal peak, symptoms can occur such as constipation, excess fullness due to the food sitting for longer at each stage of the digestive process, and of course, the tight, uncomfortable feeling that comes with bloating.

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What Other Factors Lead to Slow Digestion?

  • Not chewing food properly: we are told at a young age to make sure we chew our food properly. While many have taken this good habit into adulthood, many of us don’t always take the time to sit and chew food to a sufficient point where the food is broken down enough for our digestive systems to cope optimally. The enzymes in our saliva are there to be mixed well with the food ready to be passed on down to the stomach to start the process. By giving ourselves enough time to chew each mouthful, we are allowing the food to be in an optimal state to start being digested properly. In other words, your digestive system will not have a reason to struggle.
  • pH value of the mouth: the pH level of our mouths are usually slightly alkaline so any increase in acidity or too much alkaline can cause the enzymes to become off balance. It’s important to be aware of the types of foods we consistently put into our mouths in order to keep the pH value at its perfect level.
  • Temperature: some say the temperature in our stomach can slow down digestion, for example, when gulping down iced water but this hasn’t been scientifically proven. However, air temperature is thought to have an effect on our digestion so warmer climates encourage the blood vessels to open up and allow essential hormones to circulate more easily resulting in aiding body processes including digestion. Colder climates are thought to slow down the process but only in extreme conditions – either way it won’t hurt to be at a slightly higher temperature while consuming meals.

How to Boost Up A Slow Digestion

There are many ways to combat a slow digestion but it should involve consistent, healthy habits that allow your body to work at its optimum level. Here are some great habits to speed up digestion and combat that uncomfortable bloated feeling.

  • Avoiding processed and refined foods: unnatural, processed and refined foods consumed on a regular basis can put strain on our digestion because the body takes longer to break it down.
  • Drinking enough water: water is essential for an optimal digestive system and without it the body struggles to flush the intestines, soften stools and prevent constipation and bloating. 
  • Eating enough fibre: fibre is essential for digestion because plays a role in stimulating bowel contractions and moving food into the intestines. Without enough fibre in the diet, the digestive process starts to struggle and takes longer resulting in bloating.
  • Regular exercise routine: exercise optimises the way our whole body works including the digestive system. By having a regular exercise routine you keep your digestion process flowing at a healthy pace.

While slow digestion is a common cause of bloating, it’s always advised to visit a doctor if you suffer from prolonged symptoms to rule out any other causes it could be. Living a healthy, active lifestyle will always go towards an optimum-working body so if you want to get rid of that tight, bloated feeling try picking up some of these habits and see if it makes a difference!

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Last Updated on January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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