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Getting the balance right

Getting the balance right

“You are what you eat” is a common refrain but it’s not only what you eat but how you digest, absorb and eliminate it that contributes to overall good health.

Digestion isn’t just confined to your tummy; it can affect mood, energy levels, the immune system, allergic reactions and even joint comfort. Related to your diet, food intolerances, dehydration, lack of fibre and not taking the time to eat properly can be culprits. Lifestyle factors such as stress and lack of sleep and exercise are key. Your body may be lacking in probiotics or digestive enzymes or be affected by medication. Health problems such as candida, worms, haemorrhoids or fissures can also have adverse affects on digestion.

The good news is that there are some very simple steps to take to achieve better digestive balance (and some of them won’t cost you a cent!).


3 TOP TIPS FOR BETTER DIGESTIVE BALANCE

1 Know your body
Are there some foods/medications that trigger digestive problems? Where is your problem?

2 Take charge
Be prepared to change food choices, the speed at which you eat and the amount you eat.

3 Make time
Schedule your day so you have time to prepare wholesome meals then sit down and enjoy them. Take time to relax with a cup of herbal tea. 


COFFEE OR TEA?

While moderate caffeine intake in a healthy person is considered safe, if you are having digestive issues cutting your caffeine consumption is worth considering. Caffeine causes increased acidity in the stomach which can result in reflux, heartburn and irritation on both the stomach and intestinal tract walls. It also stimulates gallbladder contraction and colonic motor activity. Caffeine’s laxative effect can also mean that you don’t digest foods as well as you should.

A soothing cup of tea provides a moment of time-out as well as a way to naturally aid digestion. Red Seal herbal teas contain 100 percent herbs with no artificial ingredients and are naturally caffeine-free. Here’s how to create the perfect moment for…

Calm
Red Seal Chamomile Tea is a soothing tonic that can help calm the nervous system and relax an upset digestive tract. If you’re having a stressful day, it’s the ideal way to chill out.


Refreshment
Try Red Seal Peppermint Tea. This aromatic herbal tea is great at any time of day, before or after meals. It can even help calm queasy stomachs, so it’s ideal for mums-to-be.


Spice
Red Seal Red Bush Chai Tea has a touch of spice which can help digestive enzymes do their work. This aromatic hot drink is perfect for warming up cold winter nights.


HOW TO AVOID ANTACID TABLETS

Here are eight great natural digestive aids to use instead:

1 Liquorice tea
2 Probiotics
3 Slippery elm
4 Aloe vera
5 An apple (before bed)
6 Chamomile tea with manuka honey
7 Water at room temperature
8 Apple cider vinegar (1 teaspoon) with manuka honey, sipped at mealtimes


By Julie Fergusson, Red Seal Naturopath

Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Credit: Life & Leisure

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Your Digestive System and How It Works

Why is digestion important?
How is food digested?
How is the digestive process controlled?

The digestive system is a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube from the mouth to the anus. Inside this tube is a lining called the mucosa. In the mouth, stomach, and small intestine, the mucosa contains tiny glands that produce juices to help digest food.

Two solid organs, the liver and the pancreas, produce digestive juices that reach the intestine through small tubes. In addition, parts of other organ systems (for instance, nerves and blood) play a major role in the digestive system.

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What are B-vitamins and how do they work?

We’ve all stared at the cereal box label during breakfast and wondered what words like riboflavin, folic acid and pyridoxine mean.

Has your mom ever reminded you to eat a balanced diet and “make sure you eat your greens”?

The words on your cereal box and your mother’s good advice both involve vitamin B. The B vitamins are a group of eight individual vitamins, often referred to as the B-complex vitamins. We will take a look at how the B vitamins work so you can begin to understand why these essential vitamins should be in your diet. We’ll also look at some of the more serious conditions that can result from B vitamin deficiencies.

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Vitamins and Minerals for Health and Vitality

The importance of vitamins and minerals to health, fitness and vitality is undisputed. A sufficient intake helps us to look good, feel good and enjoy life to the full – whatever our age! It is recommended that we eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day in order to achieve an optimal intake of vitamins and minerals. However, a supplement may also help to safeguard your dietary intake.

Vitamin A – essential for healthy eyes, skin and growth. Also an important antioxidant and immune system component.

Biotin – takes part in the metabolism of protein, fats and carbohydrates and plays a helping role in the production of antibodies.

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