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Feeling Tired After A Good Night’s Sleep? It Can Be A Sign Of An Unhealthy Gut

Feeling Tired After A Good Night’s Sleep? It Can Be A Sign Of An Unhealthy Gut

Have you been getting enough sleep lately and you’re not sick or going through any stressful changes in your life? But for some reason, you’re still feeling tired? This could be the sign of poor digestive health, as our stomach is lined with a complex system of neurons, referred to as the second brain[1], which does more than just digesting food. If your digestive system is not working correctly, your body can become a toxic environment, which leads to fatigue.

What Can You Do to Maintain a Healthy Gut and Stop Feeling Tired?

Having healthy digestion requires commitment and lifestyle changes. Although, there are some things you can start doing now to get you on the right track. The tips below are just to help alleviate you from feeling tired. After you start to get your energy back, you’ll be motivated to take on bigger health changes.

1. Stop Snacking! Eat an Apple Instead!

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    Apples are full of pectin, which has both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber absorbs water, making you feel full for longer. Insoluble fiber helps smooth the stool in your intestines. This gets your digestive system moving which helps prevent constipation. So, next time you want a bag of chips, grab an apple instead. Just make sure to increase your water intake as you consume more fiber to prevent digestive problems. You should stop feeling tired once your digestion improves. [2]

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    2. Drink More Coffee, Tea, or Milk

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      If you love coffee, this should be an easy fix. Not only will the caffeine help with feeling tired, but it also promotes movement in your colon muscles which gets your entire digestive system moving. This can help eliminate constipation and expel the buildup of toxins in your body. The caffeine in tea has the same effect. [3]

      Drinking fat-free milk helps your body increase the production of two peptide hormones. These hormones are beneficial in stimulating the digestive tract to help you get rid of built up toxins and waste. If you’re lactose intolerant, however, avoid this tip. [4]

      3. Don’t Drink Cold Beverages!

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        Surprised? According to traditional Chinese medicine, everything we put into our bodies should be close to its temperature. This is because you have enzymes in your stomach that can only survive at body temperature. When you down an ice cold refreshment, it lowers your internal temperature and slows down digestion. This means your waste is not expelled and provides the perfect environment for increased bacterial production. What can you do instead? Drink warm or room temperature water, particularly in the morning and on an empty stomach to stop feeling tired and avoid constipation. [5]

        4. Start Stretching

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          Stretching your body or doing yoga poses can also help relieve constipation. According to Dr. Rebekah Gross, a gastroenterologist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center, stretching helps move food, gas, and waste through your digestive system. [6]

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          One excellent stretch to stimulate digestive function is:

          1. Lay down on the floor.

          2. Stretch legs and raise arms above your head, flat on the floor.

          3. Raise your left knee and hug it to your chest with both hands.

          4. Hold it for 10 seconds.

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          5. Then, lift your leg at a 90° angle to the floor.

          6. Hold onto your leg with both hands, just below your ankle.

          7. Maintain this position for 10 seconds.

          8. Then, cross your left leg over your right knee.

          9. Grab your right knee with both hands and stretch it toward your chest.

          10. Switch sides and repeat.

          Watch this video to see it done.

          Reference

          [1] https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/gut-second-brain/
          [2] http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/digestive-benefits-apples-5707.html
          [3] http://www.medicaldaily.com/home-remedies-constipation-6-unlikely-foods-will-make-you-go-286300
          [4] http://www.dairyreporter.com/Ingredients/Scientists-claim-fat-free-milk-could-relieve-constipation
          [5] https://universaltcm.wordpress.com/education-information/cold-foods-cold-drinks-caused-health-problems/
          [6] http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/yoga-for-constipation

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          Last Updated on May 22, 2019

          10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

          10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

          There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

          One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

          In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

          Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

          1. Cat Camel Stretch

          Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

          Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

          Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

          Here’s a video to guide you through:

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          2. Go for a Walk or a Run

          This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

          Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

          The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

          Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

          Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

          3. Jumping Jacks

          Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

          Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

          4. Abductor Side Lifts

          Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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          Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

          5. Balancing Table Pose

          This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

          Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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            6. Leg Squats

            Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

            Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

            The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

            7. Push Ups

            You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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            An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

            Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

            This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

            8. Bicycle Crunches

            There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

            Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

            9. Lunges

            Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

            Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

            This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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            10. Bicep Curls

            You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

            Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

            Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

            Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

            Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

            These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

            You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

            Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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