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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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          How to Overcome Boredom

          How to Overcome Boredom

          Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

          I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

          If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

          What is Boredom?

          We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

          You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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          It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

          If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

          When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

          Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

          If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

          Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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          Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

          In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

          It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

          Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

          Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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          In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

          3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

          1. Get Focused

          Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

          You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

          Here are a few ideas:

          • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
          • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
          • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

          2. Kill Procrastination

          Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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          So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

          Here are some ideas:

          • Do some exercise.
          • Read a book.
          • Learn something new.
          • Call a friend.
          • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
          • Do a spring cleaning.
          • Wash the car.
          • Renovate the house.
          • Re-arrange the furniture.
          • Write your shopping list.
          • Water the plants.
          • Walk the dog.
          • Sort out your mail & email.
          • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

          3. Enjoy Boredom

          If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

          Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

          So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

          Final Thoughts

          Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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