You know the feeling. You’ve just finished a delightful meal surrounded by family and friends, and sure enough, before the dessert menu arrives, your stomach is already starting to give you grief. Instead of facing a potentially embarrassing situation, you decide to go home early and call it a night. Long story, short, digestive problems are not only uncomfortable, but they can also absolutely kill your social calendar.
We’ve probably all experienced an uncomfortable evening when something that you’ve eaten just doesn’t sit right with your digestive system. But for many people out there, this is a routine occurrence, not just a one-off upset stomach.
Fortunately, we’re experts in this arena, so let us share our knowledge with you about what digestive problems are, what causes them, and what you can do to improve your gut health so your digestive system will get back to the business of breaking down food instead of causing you untold discomfort.
Digestion And You
Remember sitting in Biology as a 9th grader and learning how a group of cells make up tissues, and a group of tissues make up organs, and a group of organs make up all the different bodily systems? Don’t worry–you don’t have to go back to high school biology to understand your digestive issues, but it is helpful to remember that our digestive system consists of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.
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This amazing system is responsible for breaking down the foods that you eat into basic biomolecule building blocks like fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Once food has been broken down into these simple chemical forms, it can be easily absorbed through cell walls and organ linings and moved throughout your body to not only help your body function, but also to create and repair cells.
We’re sure it comes as no surprise that your digestive system plays a major role in your overall health, but you may feel alone in your struggle for improved digestive health. But what if we told you that twenty million Americans suffer from poor digestive health? Or what if we told you that digestive health is one of the leading causes of disability in today’s workforce?
A national survey completed in 2013 tells a compelling story. In this study, a whopping 72 percent of the 2,000 adults that participated said that they experienced gas, bloating, stomach discomfort, or non-specific discomfort a few times a month or more. Yet, despite this, only half of those surveyed believed that their symptoms required attention. It seems like many people accept poor digestive health as a byproduct of our modern age. But if you’re looking for relief, there is hope!
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Common Digestion Problems And What You Can Do
Because almost half of Americans experience digestive problems, it’s fair to say that you or someone you know is probably suffering from poor digestion. And while digestive distress is sometimes an indicator of a larger problem, many common digestive complaints are related to diet and digestion. However, if you are experiencing stomach pain that doesn’t improve in 24-48 hours, don’t hesitate to reach out to your family physician.
Bloating And Gas
This, by far, is one of the most common digestion problems. Bloating and gas can cause cramps or discomfort in your abdomen. Or you may experience a feeling of fullness, pressure, or a distention (increase in size) of your abdomen.
The most common cause of bloating and gas is intestinal gas, which is a byproduct of digestion. A build up of intestinal gas can be caused by eating too much, eating too fast, or could result from a food intolerance. Certain foods can also cause bloating or gas. For relief, try any of the following:
Herbal Teas. Peppermint, Ginger, and Chamomile can help food move through your digestive system making it harder for food to get trapped and gas to build up in your digestive tract.
Exercise. Regular exercise keeps your digestive system on point as it works consistently to process and use energy.
Fiber. Think of eating fiber as a little bit like unclogging a drain. Fiber helps your digestive system get “unstuck” so to speak by moving food and nutrients along by encouraging active and healthy digestion. Fiber is considered a prebiotic that feeds and nourishes the good bacteria in your gut, and it also helps you feel fuller sooner while encouraging your body to drink more water. Try incorporating more high-fiber foods into your diet like avocados, bananas, oats, almonds, chia seeds, leafy greens, or apples.
Water. Liquids help your body break down food easier, making it easier for digestive enzymes to extract the nutrients it needs to fuel your bodily systems. Water can also help you feel fuller and can prevent overeating, and it can also help prevent constipation by keeping your stool soft.
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Avoid Processed Foods. Low in fiber and high in salt and fat, processed foods are the perfect trifecta when it comes to stopping your digestive track on a dime. Salt causes water retention and fat slows down the digestive system, making it sluggish and unresponsive, which can lead to constipation and bloating.
Keep A Food Journal. Some bloating and discomfort can be due to a food intolerance. Keeping track of what you eat in a food journal will help you quickly nail down the offending food that is causing so much digestive distress. Try eliminating one food at a time and track the changes in symptoms, if any, in your journal.
Probiotics. We love Probiotics here at Xyngular. Probiotics help you digest your food and some may actually absorb excess gas. You can get probiotics naturally from foods that you eat, like yogurt or kimchi, but you can also get them in supplement form. If you don’t have the palette for probiotic foods, a supplement is the way to go. You get all the benefits of a natural probiotic without all the fuss and food prep.
We have all had the feeling from time to time of feeling blocked up or not feeling like you can completely empty your bowels. Constipation causes hard stool which can cause cramping, bloating, nausea, or discomfort. The good news is that constipation most likely occurs when you are dehydrated, eating a low-fiber diet, or getting little or no exercise.
To combat that stuck or blocked feeling, drink more water (at least 8 glasses a day!), and try incorporating more fiber-rich foods into your diet. If it seems hard to work those extra foods in, or you just can’t stomach them, consider a probiotic supplement. Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, even if it’s a quick walk during your lunch break or choosing to take the stairs instead of the elevator.
This common digestive problem often occurs when you eat foods that your body finds hard to process, whether this be foods that are eaten too fast, gas-producing foods like processed foods, or foods that you have an intolerance to or have an allergy to, like eggs, milk, or nuts.
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Sometimes nausea is caused by food poisoning, allergies, stress, anxiety or even heartburn. If you find that you experience a queasy feeling after eating foods that are spicy, greasy, or fatty, try avoiding those foods in the future (keep a food journal to keep track of your reactions!). Drink more water, and look to incorporate more fiber-rich, whole foods into your diet.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
GERD is a chronic digestive disorder where stomach acid backs up into the lower part of your esophagus, irritating the lining of your esophagus and potentially causing damage. Typically, this feels a lot like heartburn, but it can also cause chest pain. Smoking, eating large meals or fatty or fried foods, or drinking coffee or alcohol, can aggravate your symptoms. Try eating smaller meals full of fiber-rich foods, chew food slowly, and drink plenty of water.
Can you see a theme starting to emerge? As you can see, many digestive issues are connected in some way, big or small, to your diet and digestion system. A healthy digestive system is one that can process food efficiently and quickly. Eating nutrient-dense and fiber-rich foods (prebiotics) along with probiotics can build a healthy gut that is well positioned to fight inflammation, stabilize mood, and encourage healthy weight loss.* Don’t be afraid to reach for a supplement if tackling these lifestyle changes seem overwhelming. A good probiotic and prebiotic supplement combined with a collagen supplement packed with digestive enzymes is the key to pain-free digestion.
Pull The Plug On Your Digestive Issues
If digestive discomfort has held you hostage for far too long, and you are ready to get your life back, let us be your partner. We care deeply about good gut health, and our products, made from quality ingredients, speak for themselves.
You might need a little moral support in the healthy eating category, and that’s where we come in. Xyngular products are made from quality ingredients and manufactured with care. For those who struggle with digestive issues, we recommend giving our Tummy Tamer a try.
Xyngular Tummy Tamer includes four powerhouse products: Xyngular Complete Probiotic, Xyngular Complete Prebiotic, Xyngular Complete Collagen, and Xyngular Digestive Aid. With eleven strains of healthy bacteria specifically targeted to improve your gut, mood, digestion, and healthy weight loss, Xyngular Probiotic can jumpstart your digestive system and put you on the road to improving your digestive health. In addition, Xyngular Collagen, with its blend of amazing prebiotics of acacia fiber and baobab fruit will nourish the good bacteria that live in your gut. Packed with collagenase, a digestive enzyme, Complete Collagen helps regular digestion, builds lean muscle, boosts collagen production, and supports healthy joints and skin.*
Each product in our Tummy Tamer is carefully curated and revolutionary on its own but taken together, they offer the most complete solution to support a robust digestive system AND lasting gut health. Don’t settle for blocks and backups. Try the Xyngular Tummy Tamer today, and pull the plug on your digestive issues once and for all.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.