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Top tips on how, and why, to be good to your gut

Top tips on how, and why, to be good to your gut

I have not always had good health. In fact, for many years, I struggled with various health conditions, including poor gut health. And fortunately, by making changes I am now feeling good from inside out.

From personal experience, I know the discomfort and frustration that comes with digestive issues. Since childhood, I had struggled with bloating and constipation. I understand the feeling all too well – post-meal bloating that makes you look and feel several months pregnant, the discomfort of irregular bowel movements, when you feel heavy and uncomfortable, and the effect on your quality of life.

Many people, including me, we are embarrassed to talk about our digestive symptoms, but it's crucial to address them. Digestive health is more than just an inconvenience. It's a crucial aspect of our overall wellbeing. If you are not sure if your digestion is out of balance, you're not alone.

Below I share some common symptoms many people struggle with and do answer these questions:

Bloating: Do you often feel uncomfortably bloated after meals?

Constipation: Are regular bowel movements a rare occurrence for you?

Diarrhoea: Do you frequently experience loose stools or diarrhoea, disrupting your day?

Heartburn or acid reflux: Is this affecting your sleep and daily activities?

Nausea: Do you regularly feel nauseous, especially after eating?

Can't eat: Do you feel full after eating just a small portion of food?

Fatigue: Are you constantly tired, or find yourself needing a nap after meals?

Skin Issues: Have you noticed unexplained skin problems like acne?

Weight Concerns: Are you dealing with issues of being overweight or obesity?


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These are some of the signs of digestive imbalance. If you answered “yes” to even two of these questions, it's could be a sign that your gut health needs attention.

Why Does It Matter? Remember, about 70 per cent of our immune system is in our digestive system. Ignoring these symptoms is not just about discomfort; it's about compromising our body's primary defence system.

The good news is, there's a lot you can do to improve your digestive health. It comes down to three key changes:

Your Diet: Understanding and modifying what you eat can have a profound impact.

Your Lifestyle: Daily habits and routines play a significant role in digestive health.

Your Mindset: A positive and proactive approach to health is vital.

These three things have helped me to improve my gut health and immunity.


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Sujata Din is a Certified Health Coach and Certified Professional Cancer Coach. In this regular column for iGlobal, she offers some special insights, from useful wellness tips to recipes for creations that are not only delicious but also healthy.

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