Use herbal medicine
Herbal infusions have several advantages when it comes to digestive problems: they adsorb gases, reduce stress, help blood flow to the digestive system and eliminate various pollutants. Using herbs is recommended for those suffering from constipation or diarrhea, intestinal infections, irritable bowel and ulcers.
Make infusion of lemon balm, chamomile, peppermint and fennel seeds. Steep for ten minutes in hot water, strain and drink. It is recommended to do this at least three times a day. Please note that heartburn sufferers should avoid peppermint that increase gastric pH
Consume friendly bacteria and digestive enzymes
Probiotic bacteria strengthen the intestine by handling pollutants that penetrate the intestine, and digestive enzymes such as bromelain and papain help improve digestion processes. Probiotic bacteria can be found naturally in yogurt enriched with these bacteria, or you can purchase a supplement in health food stores. Digestive enzymes are more difficult to get through food, but you can find still a small amount of them in pineapple and papaya (find here a delicious recipe for digestive smoothie).
In many cases there is a connection between skin problems or infections in the body and lack of friendly bacteria and digestive enzymes. Therefore they are recommended for those suffering from digestive problems. It is best to consult a doctor regarding the type of bacteria and enzymes and their dose
Handle emotional stress
Many digestive problems result from stressful lifestyle. Women especially suffer from it, and the common and best known disorder is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Finding the causes of the stress and treating them will regulate the digestion process in the body. You can relieve stress through therapies such as acupuncture or reflexology, combining herbs with calming properties like lemon balm and hops, and the use of soothing essential oils like lavender or chamomile oil.
Change eating habits
Unhealthy food can overload the digestive system and cause various problems, but so the way we eat may affect the process. Changing your eating habits can improve any digestive problem which you are suffering from:
– Eat in a relaxed atmosphere without pressure.
– Concentrate on eating and avoid watching television or reading a newspaper at dinner.
– Chew your food well before swallowing.