Top 8 Ways To Heal Your Gut
Do you know that the major cause of a leaky gut and inflammatory bowel disease is mental and emotional stress? Here 8 things you should be doing today to reduce stress and start healing your gut.
Heal Your Gut By 8 Easy Ways
1) Go in for a massage or reflexology
It is quite easy for stress and tension to build up in the muscles, especially your neck and shoulders. All you need is a relaxing massage or a session of foot reflexology. Both tremendously reduce stress. A massage of moderate pressure is said to be able to reduce the cortisol levels, provide a relief from the pain associated with fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. It is also said to improve the way the parasympathetic nervous system works. According to MRI scans, a massage has an impact on the areas of the brain that is related to stress response.
2) Be active
Riding a bike, going hiking or doing indoor rock climbing in your gym (if it has) should be a part of your routine. If you have joint problems then you should be doing some water aerobics.
By moving around you are increasing your circulation of blood that naturally helps the body in releasing the feel good hormones called endorphins.
3) Drink chamomile tea
Chamomile when consumed in the evening has the ability to help your body relax and prepare it for sound sleep. Being a natural antispasmodic, it helps relieve tension in the neck, shoulders and also the gut. Research points out that chamomile reduces stomachaches and reduce the symptoms of IBS.
4) Read something that uplifts your mood
Be it your favourite novel, a self-help book, an engaging memoir or a book on spirituality, you should unwind at the end of the day with a good book. Stop spending your evenings glued to the TV or laptop. Read content that boosts your mood and reduces your stress.
5) Use essential oils
Essential oils of vetiver, lavender, Roman chamomile, orange, vanilla and ylang-ylang are quite effective. Simply rub then on your forehead and neck. You may also purchase a diffuser that can be left running in the house 24×7.
The therapeutic compounds in essential oils help in relieving anxiety and improving one’s moods. In one study it was found that aromatherapy increased the quality of sleep of the subjects and also reduced their anxiety.
6) Eat more magnesium rich foods
Magnesium helps relieve muscle tension and headaches. So, include more of magnesium rich foods such as pumpkin seeds, avocado, spinach, yogurt, and figs.
7) Listen to music
You should listen to music everyday for a minimum of 10 minutes. If you want to drop your stress levels even more, you should sing. When you sing, the body releases deep-rooted stress. It also helps in boosting focus, mood and memory.
8) Try ‘forest bathing’
Spend some time in the woods, walk around taking deep breaths and consciously letting in the scent of the trees into your lungs. This is a type of aromatherapy is called shinrin-yoku in Japanese or forest bathing. Research says that the essential oils in woods decrease blood pressure, cortisol levels and enhance immunity while providing stability to the nervous system.
Hope you found this post on ways to heal your gut useful!
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