Suffering from digestive imbalances?
At our North London reflexology studio we meet a lot of clients who are suffering from digestive disorders or general disruption. So many diseases in the body begin with or are aggravated by problems with digestion, so keeping your body in balance and healthy can really help you to feel better day to day. Here are The Little Pigs top 5 ways to tackle digestive issues naturally:
1. Aloe Vera or Chia Seeds
Aloe vera juice is often recognised for its healing properties for the skin, but did you know that it can also have the same effect on your gut? It's loaded with vitamins and minerals and it can also form a protective layer over the surface of your esophagus and intestines, helping them to process food more effectively. Chia seeds are also loaded with vital nutrients and, like aloe vera they have a gel-like consistency that allows them to slide through your digestive system, taking other pieces of food and waste with them while they go. Make yourself some raw chia seed jam or chia porridge, or make a habit of having a table spoon of concentrated aloe vera before meals.
Papaya isn't just delicious, it also has amazing benefits for your digestion. It contains the enzymes papain and chymonpapain which cleanse the digestive system, ease bloating and help to break down foods that are hard to digest, including red meat. You can buy papaya concentrate, but we suggest eating a good-sized slice of papaya with a sprinkle of lime juice over the top. Yum!
Kefir is a traditional fermented drink, usually made with goat's milk or cow's milk. Many cultures around the world include fermented products in their diet. Some nutritionists believe that the absence of this food group in our diet in the UK could explain some of digestive issues. Kefir is packed with several nutrients, but best of all it's also richer in probiotic bacteria than yogurt, which helps to restore the balance of healthy bacteria in your gut.
Several yoga poses have beneficial effects on your digestive system, and the process of yoga (slowing down, focusing on your breath and ridding the body of toxins) is also helpful in itself. Going to a yoga class a couple of times a week could have a big impact on your digestive health. If you're feeling indigestion at home, try doing the cat-cow sequence or a simple downward dog or child's pose to relieve bloating and allow the body to kick-start digestion.
5. Reflexology (of course)
We would say this, but many people see a link between reflexology and digestive issues. Make sure to explain the problems you are experiencing to your therapist before the session. A good reflexologist will focus on your intestines, stomach and pancreas and try to promote your body's own natural healing response in those areas.
Interested in learning more about the ways digestive issues can impact our lives? Take a look at this great TED talk by Heribert Watzke which discusses the ways that our brain and our gut work together.