Updated: Jul 10, 2020
Many nutritionists refer to our gut as the "second brain", as more research emerges showing that our gut can affect our moods, our hormones, and many other important body functions.
I struggled with digestive problems my entire childhood/teenage years. I had terrible acid reflux which led me to taking antacids daily (these are so bad for you!!) and I was always bloated and uncomfortable after many of my meals.
While there's SO much that goes into your gut health, I have a few tried-and-true things I do every single day that help keep my gut in check. This is just the tip of the iceberg, but doing these simple things each day have made a massive impact on keeping my gut happy, and amazingly enough- I haven't had heartburn symptoms in years!
1. Drink Lemon Water in the AM
Every night, I fill up a big glass of water (at least 20-30 oz.) and squeeze the juice of an organic lemon wedge in there. Then, I drop the lemon in the water. When I wake up, the first thing I do is drink that big glass of lemony water. This is amazing for your body in so many ways, including hydration, detoxification, and giving you energy (which prevents overeating and turning to sugary foods for energy). The temperature of the water doesn't matter, but I've found that if it's too cold or too hot, it's harder to get down so I opt for room temperature. The lemon makes it taste great too, which is a huge plus if you're not used to drinking that much water in the morning! At first, you will feel like you are practically drowning yourself, but I promise if you stick with it, you'll eventually look forward to your hydration session in the morning.
2. Alkalize Your Body
This could be a blog post in and of itself, but I'll keep it simple. By consuming more alkaline foods (aka- balancing my pH), I noticed a huge difference in my acid reflux and a decrease in stomach discomfort throughout the day. While the lemon water assists with alkalizing, I always make sure I incorporate as many alkaline foods/drinks as possible. Some of my favorites are: