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By Applying These “4Rs” To Your Diet, You Can Have Better Digestive Health

By Applying These “4Rs” To Your Diet, You Can Have Better Digestive Health

Our digestive systems are very complex and sensitive. This is why, at some points in our life, we can develop short or long term digestive problems. The lifestyle choices we choose and the types of food we consume can contribute greatly to the health of our digestive systems preventing or contributing to problems such as intolerance, increased acid or alkaline levels, acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Being mindful of the foods we eat and our consumption habits can help improve the health of our digestive system and there’s an approach we can all follow that can help to improve the digestion process and that’s called the “4Rs”.

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1. Remove

The first step is to remove any foods that are known to contribute to bad digestive health. These are usually trigger foods and beverages that cause negative reactions in the gut such as alcohol, caffeine, processed foods, and sugar-loaded items. Other triggers could be diary or gluten which can be temporarily removed to see if they are having any effect.

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2. Repair

The second step is to start a healing process whereby you consume a clean diet full of unprocessed foods to rid the body of toxins that are harmful to the gut and promote healing in any damaged areas of the digestive system. Consuming extra vitamins and minerals that help towards good gut health such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, C, and E, zinc, turmeric and aloe vera. Replacing toxic ingredients with healthy alternatives with added boosts will give the body time to heal and repair itself.

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3. Restore

The bacteria in our gut is very sensitive and the amount of ‘good bacteria’ is essential for a healthy digestive system. Restoring this optimal bacteria flora is the next step in the 4Rs process. Introducing probiotics such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis found in certain yoghurts, in fermented foods such as kefir, kimchi, and sauerkraut, and also in tablet form, will help to reinforce the good bacteria levels and promote a maintained gut health.

4. Replace

The last step is to make sure bile salts, digestive enzymes, and hydrochloric acid levels (stomach acid) are at their optimal peak for a fully functional and healthy digestive process. Taking supplements containing digestive enzymes and replacing processed salt with organic sea salt is key to stimulating the growth of the digestive enzymes living in the gut. This is crucial because digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid work hand in hand to break down food and create a healthy digestive process.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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