RE-BOOT YOUR DIGESTION SYSTEM FOR A BETTER YOU
Configure Your Digestion
December is traditionally a period of time for indulging in rich in fat and low in fibre foods and of course a few too many festive alcoholic drinks. Whilst enjoyable at the time all this can add stress to your body and can make the digestion system sluggish. On top of this we are all less likely to keep up with our regular exercise which results in the body feeling out of sync.
A product which has always proved popular at this time of year is Bodytox® Detox Foot Patches, now recognized as the UK’s leading detox foot patch company, sold in Harrods, Selfridges, and other leading stores. Bodytox Detox Foot Patches are a centuries old concept using quality natural active ingredients, combined with harnessing the power of reflexology by stimulating the meridian channels; Bodytox Detox Foot patches encourage the natural release of toxins from the body, whilst asleep!
Remember, if you have normal bowel movements every 24 or 48 hours, then you don’t have a problem with your digestive transit. To re-boot your digestive system and remedy digestive problems, you need to get back to your natural rhythm. Meridian points on the feet can be stimulated to encourage a smooth flow of energy to the major organs of the body helping maintain healthy circulation to support your body’s natural detox functions.
Alternatively or used in combination, Les Fleurs de Bach have launched a ‘Detox’ Bach Flowers Elixir, designed for those who want to help get rid of toxins and establish harmony and health.
Back-up your Routine
Our gut works in the same manner as our body clock. To resynchronise the body’s digestion, we need to start eating at set times every day and avoid snacking! Try PÜR Gum, Canada’s leading sugar free gum brand and best of all it is aspartame, gluten, dairy and GMO free. With 40% fewer calories and 75% fewer carbohydrates, PÜR Gum is perfect for those wanting to curb their appetite as part of a weight loss programme.
Research from the University of Rhode Island showed that people who chewed gum consumed 68 fewer calories at lunch and did not compensate by eating more later in the day. Chewing gum also helped the study participants satisfy their cravings and resist fattening treats. And there’s more: Gum chewers actually burned about 5% more calories than non-gum chewers.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of chewing gum comes if you routinely reach for a stick of gum instead of something high in calories like a doughnut or chocolate bar. However be sure to reach for the right gum.
Aspartame, a man-made synthetic sweetener, is found in most sugar-free gums, beverages, and sweets. This potentially hazardous food additive has been linked to symptoms including (but not limited to) headaches, dizziness, mood changes, vomiting/nausea, and change in heart rate. Eliminating such ingredients from our daily diets adds to a feeling of well being and positivity.
Delete the wrong foods
It’s essential to select the right foods to boost your digestive system and remove from your diet the wrong the foods.
Start by increasing your fibre intake. You should be eating around 30g of fibre a day, believe it or not most of us don’t get anywhere near this amount in our diets! Concentrate on eating plenty of fruit and vegetables (using the five-a-day rule), and make sure you eat pulses like lentils and beans, even if it is only just a handful.
Making just a simple change to your cooking style will make all the difference too. Switch to using natural coconut cooking cream oil for instance, when frying food it cuts down on calories and fats. Try Royal Green Coconut Cooking Cream Oil which is available in Extra virgin (has a coconut taste and smell) as well as its signature tasteless and odourless cream, to be used for baking, wokking and frying all your foods.
Internal use of coconut oil helps in improving the digestive system and various stomach and digestion related problems, including irritable bowel syndrome. The saturated fats present in coconut oil have anti-microbial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria that cause indigestion. It has fewer calories and is easily digestible without the trans fats, supporting normal intestinal function. The oil is naturally sugar free and 100% vegetarian, has a positive influence on health and promotes beautiful soft skin and shiny hair.
It is no wonder then that celebrities like Miranda Kerr and Angelina Jolie are those that take up to 4 tea spoons of coconut oil every morning.
Remember those whole grains too, and go for wholemeal bread as first choice. Most importantly always make sure you drink 1.5 litres of water a day.
Control your Stress
Modern life is so fast-paced; all of us will be running around again in no time at all now the holidays are over. Stress has an instant effect on our digestion. Whilst the quality of our food is an important aspect of digestive health, the effect of stress on digestion should not be underestimated. All the raw foods, enzymes and herbal bitters in the world can't help you if your digestive difficulties are caused by stress.
Stress is also directly responsible for sluggishness and other problems such as poor sleep. This means beating the stress levels is a big priority.
Therefore try to take it easy over lunch if you can and set a bit of time aside everyday to relax even if its only 10 minutes of reading your favourite book. If your day really is proving to be a stressful or challenging one, maybe try a homeopathic stress relief like Les Fleurs de Bach Emergency Elixir which helps to bring rapid comfort and give strength in difficult situations or use the Stress Elixir which helps to bring tranquility, peace of mind and serenity, most suited for those who live under pressure and hyperactivity. The Les Fleurs de Bach range of twelve elixir’s contain a blend of organic flower essences providing an answer to everyday challenges through balancing the emotions.
Also a fab and fun product is Mohdoh Calm Therapy Dough, infused with essential oils, it is one of those must have stress products you can keep in your desk draw or at home…when you knead it most, just reach for the dough.
Most importantly make sure you get enough sleep and try to go to bed at the same time every night. Getting into good sleeping habits is also important for maintaining a healthy body and mind. Did you know that spraying your pillow with essential oils can aid sleep? Try Scent to Sleep Pillow Spray by Innerscents, you will feel better knowing it is ozone friendly too as it comes in a pump spray.
Alternatively try the new Bodytox Lavender Sleep Patches, infused with lavender essential oils to help promote relaxation and sleep.
An efficient gut is vital to feeling well
Good sleep, less over indulgence, regular eating habits and when you need a helping hand, seek some assistance from those products, designed to support a healthier lifestyle. Make a decision today to re-boot your digestive system to bring balance and harmony to your everyday living.