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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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          7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

          7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

          From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

          What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

          1. Take the scenic route.

          Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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          Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

          2. Distract yourself.

          No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

          3. Listen to music or podcasts.

          There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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          4. Bring a friend.

          Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

          Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

          5. Accessorize.

          There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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          For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

          6. Compete.

          A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

          7. Relax.

          The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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          With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

          Featured photo credit: tpsdave via pixabay.com

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