Bloated and Gassy? Ways to Improve Your Digestive Health

We’ve all experienced it, whether we want to admit it or not…gas and bloating. It’s uncomfortable and sometimes painful, especially when it’s accompanied by constipation. But these can also be signs of chronic health conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The good news is that with proper nutrition and a combination of the right supplements, you can alleviate, or even eliminate, these painful symptoms all together.

First and foremost you should consult with a doctor, to ensure the gas and bloating you’re experiencing aren’t signs of a more serious health problem. Once you’ve ruled out a medical condition that requires a doctor’s supervision and intervention, you need to take a look at the nutrition you’re feeding your body. To begin with, our muscles are made up of approximately 70% water, and slightly more for women, so hydration is key. Water is truly vital to our health, especially where digestion is concerened. One of the major functions of water in our body is to metabolize carbohydrates. Because gas is caused, in large part, by undigested food and water aids in metabolizing that food, it goes a long way in helping keep our bodies on track. The general rule of thumb where water is concerened is to drink 1/2 oz per pound of body weight. If you workout five hours or more a week, that amount should be doubled. There are also some guidelines, when it comes to nutrition as well as a combination of supplements you can take that will help ease the pain of gas and constipation as well.

Many people use supplements to improve their health in place of good nutrition. Instead, you should be looking at how a combination of the two can keep you at your peak performance and boost your body’s ability to heal itself. A diet in fiber-rich foods such as berries, which are not only the highest in fiber but also the lowest in glycemic index, are a great place to start. In fact, one of the things I recommend to clients of mine that have problems with gas, constipation and bloating is high-fiber cereal-no sugar added, berries and rice milk. I say rice milk because dairy is one of the worst things you can put in your body, if you suffer from any of these symptoms. There are so many alternatives to milk and dairy today that it isn’t difficult to replace them with healthier options such as rice milk. Once you implement better nutrition, you should start to see your condition improve. But if you have a tougher case, there is a combination of supplements you can take as well.

Used in conjunction with each other, Magnesium Malate, Lglutamine and Folic Acid are powerful tools in beating gas and constipation. Magnesium helps in the elimination process, Lglutamine-the largest amino acid-repairs damage in the intestine and Folic Acid is responsible for absorption in the large intestine, so taken together, you are covering the areas that may have been damaged by medications or poor eating habits. In fact, anybody that has been on a course of Antibiotics should follow it up with this combination. Antibiotics kill the good bacteria our bodies need to help prevent gas as well as other health issues. These supplements help restore the body back to the level it needs to be at, in order to function properly. This is also the combination I give my clients, whenever they are going through a bad bout of IBS, or any other issue that may be throwing their digestion out of whack.

Gas, bloating and constipation sound funny, but they can severly interfere with your life. Combining proper nutrition that includes a well-balanced diet, fiber-rich foods and plenty of hydration with the correct combination of supplements can improve your digestive health tremendously and give you back the freedom you need to go throughout your day. Please share your stories with us, and let us know what’s worked for you; and feel free to leave your comments, questions or suggestions.

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5 Responses to “Bloated and Gassy? Ways to Improve Your Digestive Health”

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  2. Peter Says:

    Green Papaya Powder, a natural digestive aid. Complements Diets programs by helping to digesting protein. The enzyme papain is a digestive enzyme found in Green Papaya, which helps digest food faster and easier. It also helps eliminate the feeling of over eating. It also helps in the cleansing of the intestinal tract. Best to be taken prior to meals. Add to a fruit smoothie.

    • mattmahowald Says:

      Yes, Papaya definitly has natural enzymes that aid in digestion. Unfortunately, several of my clients are allergic. But it is a good option for those that like the taste, and don’t have any adverse side-effects from it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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