Inflammation, gases, abdominal pressure… The intestines perform an essential function in your body, and even more so, in a certain way, are also related to anxiety and stress. There are a lot of factors that affect their health, problems that sometimes can even cause what is known as irritable bowel syndrome. What can you do? What habits that damage your intestines should you be aware of?
1. High Stress Levels
You should take it very seriously. Your current life rhythm, the rush, worries, anxiety, and stress directly affect the health of your stomach and intestines. There are theories that talk about them being like “the second brain”. In fact, this is where neurotransmitters are synthesized, which is why it is extremely important to give your life balance and tranquility. A high state of anxiety can cause irritable bowels according to the specialists. That’s why you should keep the following reasons in mind:
- Alters your autonomous nervous system. It influences the proper movement of your intestines, accelerating or lowering the rhythm.
- Alters your endocrine system. It produces an increase in the production of hormones associated with stress, like adrenaline and cortisol, which causes problems in the digestion of food.
- Excess eating. The custom of some people to eat in excess to ease nerves and anxiety is well known. This causes an accumulation of food to be digested that the intestines cannot handle as quickly. It causes problems in digestion and the absorption of food.
Remember that your lifestyle habit and your emotions directly impact your body, especially your intestines. Keep a more relaxed and slow lifestyle, enjoy your life and your loved ones calmly.
2. An Improper and Wrong Diet
2.1 Avoid Fried and Processed Food, Fast Food, and Food High in Fats
Hamburgers, french fries, chicken fried with too much oil, pizza, onion rings… We all know what fast food is, however we often resort to them because of a lack of time or simply because we like it. But, how many times has it occurred to you, for example, that once you digest them, do you experience stomach pain? These foods barely have soluble fiber. Also, when you consume them in excess, they stimulate the intestinal tract and can cause diarrhea as well as constipation.
- Tips: Use the oven for cooking because as a result you will use less oil. When you cook vegetables, for example, you should steam them. In regards to oil, the healthiest oil you can use will always be olive oil.
2.2 Avoid Red Meat
Why avoid red meat? Basically because they are difficult to digest, are very high in fats, and you often don’t know their origin. It’s common that the animals are genetically altered so that they grow quickly, thus producing meat full of toxins that are not recommended at all.
- A health tip: The most recommended meat is the lean kind, like chicken or turkey meat for example. When you buy those, investigate their origin and where the animals have been raised. When you cook them, avoid frying them. It is best to make them with simple grilled or baked recipes.
2.3 Avoid Dairy Products
Dairy products are another food that causes irritable bowel syndrome. In general, many dairy products make you feel bad, are not digested easily, and lack giber. They also have fat and lactose, which cause serious digestive problems, that can cause diarrhea as well as constipation. It’s best to avoid dairy products as much as possible.
- A health tip: It’s simple, just replace cow’s milk with natural and healthy substitutes like oat milk, rice milk, almond milk, walnut milk, or even pistachio milk. They are easy to find in supermarkets and you can even make them yourself. It’s worth giving it a try.
3. Taking Medication
There are a lot of studies that say that the different health problems in your intestines, like in the case of irritable bowel syndrome, for example, are related to the use of antibiotics. Moreover, there are a lot of people that have started to develop this disease right after having experienced a severe infection. Increased use of this kind of medication directly damages your intestines.
But, why is that, you ask? Antibiotics do not distinguish between good and bad bacteria. Their function is basically to get rid of any microorganism that it meets, which is why they cause serious imbalances in your intestinal flora.
But, proceed with caution, because the same thing can happen with other medications like the ones that you use for constipation or diarrhea, for example. It’s always best to resort to natural remedies in these cases before pharmaceutical drugs. In any regard, and so that you are calmer, always consult your doctor for their option and they will talk about the secondary effects of the medicine that you’re taking.