Digestive Health: Best Practices for Women
If you’re a woman you should begin to think about your gastric or digestive health. You may not know it, but generally women suffer at a greater rate from illnesses of the digestive system. Are you taking the right steps to care for your digestive health?
Women and digestive health
Why do women suffer most from digestive disorders and illnesses? The truth is that there’s no one reason we suffer from these illnesses, but experts say that hormones and stress have a large part to play, as do anxiety and unhealthy food habits. These factors can cause the following symptoms:
- Digestive problems.
- Pain and bloating of the abdomen, like colic though it lasts days or hours.
- Change in digestive routines.
- Pain that fades after you go but results in diarrhea or long term constipation.
- Gassy symptoms or feelings of fullness after small meals.
- Nausea, thoracic pain, fatigue or pressure in the stomach.
Generally digestive issues begin as irritable bowel syndrome, and almost always affect women. What should you do when you suspect symptoms? Any woman around 35 years of age can suffer from it. Medical experts say that women who suffer from dysmenorrhea are at a higher rate of risk.
That’s to say, women who have strong menstrual cramps, cramps in their legs, kidney pain, migraine and vomiting, and who lose a lot of blood during menstruation are at risk. And genetics play a role as well, so mothers and daughters might share symptoms.
How to care for your digestive health
1. Watch what you eat, and avoid slimming diets
It’s a trap that many women fall into. Many of those diets that promise slimming results can often have us eating wrong. Our digestive system begins to fail to function properly when we don’t have the proper proteins, fibers and vitamins by becoming vulnerable to bacterias. Choose your diet wisely. Make sure you are getting enough fresh vegetables, probiotic foods and fiber.
2. Vitamins that help your digestive system
Vitamins C and A as well as beta carotenes are excellent sources of antioxidants which can help care for your digestive system and the cells of the intestine. It strengthens and keeps intestines healthy. So what foods should you be including to get the best of vitamins?
- Grapefruit juice.
- Orange juice.
- Alfalfa, carrots, celery.
- Apples and papaya.
- Eat your foods raw to get the best of enzymes.
For your intestinal flora try fermented lactose or dairy. Try yogurts, kefir and other fermented dairy drinks.
4. Natural laxatives
Why not start your day with orange juice or papaya juice? Don’t forget that oatmeal, bananas, flax, apples, pears, cucumbers and extra virgin olive oil can act as natural laxatives as well. Consuming them will help regulate your digestive system.
5. Drink more water
You’ll hear it time and again from us. Drinking water is a healthy habit necessary to your body’s systems, including to hydrate, cleanse help your organs function and eliminate toxins. Drink between 6 to 8 glasses of water every day and your digestive system will thank you. If you need a little help keeping it down, try some lemon juice mixed in.
6. Avoid high fat foods
We know it’s easier to order pizza than it is to cook a meal after a long day, or reach for that leftover take-out. If on occasion you reach for snacks, cookies, fried foods you might be doing yourself more harm than good.
All of those high-fat foods will fill your body with toxins and fats long term. They make your body retain liquids so you feel bloated and bit by bit your health suffers.
7. Be emotionally healthy
It might surprise you to learn that your digestive system is affected by your emotions. What happens when you are nervous? Your nervous syndrome s manifest in your stomach, causing pains, feelings of sickness and diarrhea. What affects your mind can also affect your intestines a correlation that you shouldn’t ignore.
Find time for yourself, establish priorities, enjoy your time with family and friends. Cultivate your self-esteem, make sure you are doing what makes you happy and on occasion reevaluate the emotions in your life.
Your digestive health is very important. Keep your body healthy and your tummy will thank you.