I know when I was struggling with SIBO, out of desperation to seem “normal”, I would give in and eat what everyone else was eating to avoid the dreaded eye rolls. Or pity. But then I’d usually suffer like heck for it after. Gah! So if you’re suffering a bit today, whatever the reason, here are some tips to get your tum tum feeling good again, and improve digestion quickly.
1. GIVE YOUR DIGESTION A REST
This could be practicing some intermittent fasting (having big spaces between meals, especially overnight).
2. DIGESTIVE ENZYMES
Could be a little late, but if you’ve still got some Christmas food in your belly you could take a few extra digestive enzymes. They’ll help to break down your food more efficiently. Undigested food can cause inflammation. Inflammation can cause pain.
3. HOT WATER BOTTLES / HEAT PACKS
The heat will help circulation to your digestive organs, and also relax your abdominal muscles enough to relieve some of the tension. This itself can be a significant way to improve digestion.
4. PLAN YOUR NEXT MEAL
I find if I make a decision on what I want eat BEFORE I get ravenous I make better choices. You’re only ever one meal away from being a healthy eater. Plan what your next meal will be, and then eat what you planned.
5. EAT SOME EASY TO DIGEST FOODS
If you’re in treatment of SIBO (or recently finished) you could go back to foods in the blue column of the Bi Phasic diet for 3 days. I say three days because if the immune system has been triggered it generally takes 3 days for it to calm back down again. You could also have more well cooked foods vs raw salady type foods. Soups and stews are great! 🙂
6. AVOID THE BIG TRIGGER FOODS
These tend to be: dairy, grains (ie gluten), and processed foods.
7. DRINK YOUR WATER
If you’re feeling “puffy” this is very often showing that your body is a bit inflamed and prolly even a lil’ polluted. When I had SIBO one day the rings on my finger could be all loose and clink together as I moved. The next they could be digging in tight and causing indents. Ouch. Not my words, but they explain it so succinctly, “the solution to pollution is dilution”. The body will hold onto water to dilute the pollution in it (certain not-so-great-bugs in our guts release “endo toxins”. Endo = within. So, toxins released within the body). Drinking more water will help to flush things out.
Lots of lovely herbs in this formula that help to not only stimulate digestion, but also relieves spasming, cramping and pain.
9. GINGER TEA
Especially if feeling nauseous or if you have that feeling like your food is “stuck” in your stomach. Ginger helps with “gastric emptying” – which means helping the stomach empty its contents into the small intestine efficiently – and can therefore improve digestion.
10. PEPPERMINT TEA
Peppermint tea can help to relieve pain, especially if it’s higher up (avoid with reflux – relaxes the esophageal valve).
And there you go. Those are my top tips for sore post-triggered-tummies! The physical ones anyway.
Check in with your self talk. Be gentle with yourself. What would you say to your best friend if he/she were in your position? Then try talking to yourself that way. 🙂
Lots and lots of love,