I couldn't enjoy hanging out the rest of the night with my friends if I ate something at dinner that makes my stomach bloat. I've seen doctors, TCMs, but nothing gave me a sustainable recovery without having to take medicine every time.It took me 3 months of eating whole, clean foods to start feeling better.
Gut is my home
There’s a saying that food is the way to my heart, and yes! Research has shown that our gut can affect our mood, emotions, mental health, and how we process information from our five senses.
A compromised gut flora symptoms include symptoms like gas, constipation, diarrhoea, heartburn and fatigue. They also attribute to conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome, dementia and autoimmune diseases, such as Crohn’s disease.
Having a processed or a high-sugar diet compromises the good bacteria in the stomach. The good bacteria help us to digest food, sieve out the nutrients and distribute to different channels for our body to use. It’s worth knowing than an imbalanced gut flora can increase sugar cravings and damage the gut further.
Some natural probiotics to boost our gut flora includes plain yoghurt, aged cheese, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, kefir, kombucha, pickles and miso. Start with a teaspoon to avoid bloating and slowly increase the dosage. Reduce the serving if you are experiencing discomfort.
If we don’t want to eat plastic, why should we introduce any chemicals into our body? Minimise processed foods like bread, noodles, biscuits, cakes, canned drinks, and any packaged food. Processed foods contain high amounts of sugar and chemicals. Look out for ingredients that sound sugary, or takes a chemist to understand. Choose unprocessed, nutrient-dense foods like vegetables, proteins and good fats. Sugar and chemicals can cause inflammation, high LDL and cancer.
Eating high amounts of carbohydrate foods (yes, that applies to complex carbohydrates too), can deplete nutrients and minerals such as Vitamin B1, Potassium, Magnesium and Zinc. Potassium, magnesium and zinc are electrolytes. They are necessary for proper functioning of digestive, nervous, cardiac and muscular systems. Low potassium causes abnormal heart rhythms. Electrolytes imbalance symptoms include muscle spasm, weakness and twitching.
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