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Sometimes despite all our best intentions our digestive system is still struggling.

These simple remedies may help in these cases:

  • Try taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a little bit of water 15 minutes before eating.
  • Chamomile tea soothes mucous membranes and contains a bitter principle to aid with digestion.
  • Peppermint tea after meals aids digestion and reduces flatulence and bloating.
  • Get your zinc levels checked with a simple taste test at your local pharmacy or health food shop. Zinc is an important nutrient needed for digestion but we are often low in it.

Some habits put undue stress on our digestive systems.

  • Avoid eating after 8pm at night – your digestive system is closing down for the night.
  • Don’t eat within 2-3 hours of sleep.
  • Avoid chewing gum as this stimulates digestion and acid release in the stomach.

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Many people with digestive issues assume they have food intolerances and remove these foods from their diet. While this can alleviate some of the symptoms, it may not address the cause. Digestive issues can be simply a sign that your digestive system is struggling to cope due to the poor eating habits that come from having a busy life.

So try implementing a few simple changes in and see if this helps…

  1. Avoid fluids around meal times. Fluids dilute the digestive juices and make them less efficient at breaking down our food.
  2. Chew, chew and chew some more. We don’t have any more teeth down our digestive tract so you only get one chance to break your food down well enough for it to be digested. You need to puree your food with your teeth before you swallow it.
  3. Chew slowly and pause between mouthfuls. This not only aids digestion but also gives your brain the opportunity to tell you when your body is full.

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