Many digestive health matters cause discomfort and have an impact on your quality of life. Though not life threatening, if left untreated, some ailments can lead to more serious disorders. Thus, it is vital to be aware of subtle changes in digestion, as these early warning signs may help to prevent the development of more serious conditions. Common digestive concerns include:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Acid Reflux, Heartburn
Stomach/ Intestinal Ulcers
The gastrointestinal tract is not strictly a vehicle for digestion, absorption, and elimination; it is also an active immune center. Thus, digestive imbalances not only impact your intestinal health; they can impair immunity and compromise overall well being. Thai massage, Chi Nei Tsang (abdominal massage), and Shiatsu can all help to improve digestion by increasing contraction of the muscles that move food through the intestines, thus helping to prevent and alleviate constipation. Moreover, specific techniques can be employed to promote the release healthy digestion and absorption of nutrients. Improved absorption consequently has a positive effect on all systems of the body. Managing stress is extremely important in maintaining a healthy digestive system. Persistent and unresolved stress has been shown to significantly impact intestinal absorption. If left untreated, this dynamic can create a perpetual cycle of ill health and frustration.
Self Treatment Techniques:
A balanced digestive system is an integral component of the body's overall health. Hence, it becomes essential to bring awareness to one's whole body by evaluating dietary patterns, genetic predispositions, sleep habits, posture, stress levels and other lifestyle components, such as physical activity, emotional responses, and overall sense of wellbeing.
Your body is a unique entity, thus your treatment should be tailored specifically to your needs. You should always seek the advice of your health care practitioner to guide you along the path of optimal wellness.
To maintain bowel regularity:
Incorporating ground flaxseed into your diet, as it is a rich source of fiber. Remember to drink plenty of water, as too much fiber and too little water can contribute to constipation.
To prevent food sensitivities from developing, remember to rotate your foods so that you maintain a varied diet. This practice prevents your body from being overexposed to certain foods.