Does it feel like the world is spinning faster and you are trying to keep up? As if you aren’t already feeling like there are not enough hours in a day, then here comes the school year, right around the corner. Did you know that your mental and emotional stress responses impact the functionality of your digestive tract, potentially leading to an overactive gut? It’s a domino effect!
Instead of neglecting these symptoms, get ahead of the curve before the school year actually begins, and get PROACTIVE. If you notice that you are experiencing increased gut sensations ranging from disruptive noises (that can cut silence with a knife) all the way to increased gassiness or loose bowels then try these four simple practices that are easy to implement:
1. Eat smaller portions at every meal: This helps to ensure that your stomach is not overproducing nor overly exerting to execute its normal digestive functions.
2. Intermittent fasting: Although this seems like an internet fad, it is actually a good permanent preventative practice for routine nutritional habits. Start creating structure. Eating your last meal around 7:30 helps to:
Keep your circadian clock in rhythm
Ensure your last meal is completely digested before bedtime
Allow your body to rest, regenerate and reset to prepare for ‘work’ the next day.
3. Have fennel seeds nearby: When you notice that your stomach is acting out and throwing a mini temper-tantrum because it doesn’t like something it encountered, take a spoonful of fennel seeds (or you can make a light flavorful tea) and experience almost an instantaneous calming and soothing effect.
4. Implement probiotics: Diversity of good bacteria creates a healthier functioning microbiome for gut health.
Ignoring stress inducers and not addressing an overactive gut weakens the function of your digestive tract which can lead to inflammation, a weakened immune system and hormonal imbalances. These conditions tend to manifest as symptoms like adult acne (hormonal/inflammatory), inflammatory conditions (i.e., atopic dermatitis, IBS, etc.), and mood swings.
All of that being said, as a Licensed Esthetician and Holistic Nutritionist, I recommend implementing these practices now to help you be prepared for the school year.
Author: Bynisha Myers LE, CHN
This information is generalized and intended for educational purposes only. Due to potential individual contraindications, please see your primary care provider before implementing any strategies in these posts.