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How stress management techniques aid digestion

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Use stress management techniques to aid digestion in your daily routine

When you are suffering from stress, particularly if it is ongoing with no reprieve in sight, this is going to disturb your digestion, among other bodily functions. Stress is literally a killer and takes its toll on every aspect of your life, including your physical and mental well being.

If you cannot avoid the stress and its affects on your body, learn to cope with it by incorporating stress management techniques to aid digestion. Know the digestive supplements and aids that can soothe both your stress and your digestive system.

Make exercising a part of each day. It is one of the least complicated yet effective ways to address stress because it relaxes tensed muscles, jump starts your digestion system, increases the flow of blood to your brain while also eliminating hazardous materials from your system, including lactate and carbon dioxide.

When you exercise, you produce and release endorphins, which are chemicals that make you feel good. Exercise is arguably the best stress management technique that you can employ.

When stressed, the gastrointestinal system becomes inflamed, which makes it susceptible to infection. In fact, digestion can simply come to a halt when the central nervous system shuts down the flow of blood as a response to stress. This has an impact on your digestive muscles and the way they contract (cramps) and lessens the secretions that are necessary for proper digestion.

Stress can cause constipation or the exact opposite: diarrhea.  

Your esophagus may cramp when you are under enormous stress, and you may suffer from indigestion due to the increase in acid in your stomach.  

Yoga is a good antidote to stress and digestive problems because it is relaxing as well as physical exercise that can prompt your digestive system to resume working as it should. When you are executing yoga postures this can cause you to pass gas or belch, which you need to do. (Don't worry...it happens to everyone!) 

Yoga is considered relaxation therapy as is listening to music, meditating, mental imaging, hypnosis, biofeedback and progressive muscle relaxation. Yogis breathe deeply. When you breathe in this fashion, your body and your brain relaxes.  

Consider using herbs to assist in stress management techniques to aid digestion. Catnip reportedly soothes the nervous system and is effective in treating problems regarding digestion.

Pay attention to what you are eating and drinking. Often when an individual is extremely stressed he will resort to binge eating and drinking. Too much sugar, fat and alcohol may seem like a quick fix but will wreak havoc on your digestive system. When you eat, eat slowly and chew your food. Do not gulp it down.  

Consider eating more simply. Do not eat carbohydrates and protein foods at the same time. Proteins need an acid medium, whereas carbohydrates, which are starches, need an alkaline medium in order to digest properly. When you mix proteins with carbs this neutralizes the digestive juices, and you do not digest your food as efficiently as you should.

Eating raw foods, such as a salad, will help aid digestion. Eat your dinner earlier in the evening so your body has the time to digest foods completely before you go to bed. Avoid eating snacks late at night.

Do not drink too many fluids while eating because this lessens the efficacy of digestion secretions. If you drink a lot while eating a meal your stomach will think it has completed digestion because the fluids you are drinking dilute the acid. As a result, the stomach sends the food into the small intestines too early but the small intestines cannot do the job of the stomach.



Ask your physician about taking a supplement that contains a probiotic formula, which contains lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidus, which are forms of good intestinal flora. They kill off harmful flora. When waste products pass through your system, they are absorbed by the blood. You need to keep your bowels moving so the waste moves through your body quickly and promptly exits. 

If you are extremely upset, do not eat because your physical and mental state is going to impair the function of your digestive system. Breathe, calm down, stretch, go for a walk and then eat.


Resources:

Stressfocus.com: stress management techniques

Everydayhealth.com: how stress affects digestion


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