Do you struggle with acid reflux? Indigestion getting in the way of your post-meal relaxation? It sounds like your stomach health has been compromised.
Many factors contribute to sensitive stomachs, including genetics, irregular mealtimes, excessive spicy food and unhealthy snacking. Before diving into the ways to improve your stomach health, it's important to understand what your stomach is actually made of.
But wait, some of you may also be confused or wondering - aren’t my stomach and my gut the same thing? Well no, it is not. To keep things simple and easy to understand, here are some facts to remember:
To digest food and absorb nutrients
To absorb nutrients and water from food
J-shaped with a large cavity
Longest organ in the body, not broad
Major structural components
5 sections which includes the cardia (top part) and the corpus (largest part) as well as the stomach lining, i.e. mucosa
Large and small intestines
Therefore, when it concerns your stomach, the lining play an important role in digestive health and proper nutrient absorption, especially the mucosa layer. This is because it is the layer responsible for secreting digestive juices that breaks down your food. These digestive juices are known as hydrochloric acid and pepsin.
When your mucosa layer is damaged or compromised, it can lead to:
As mentioned, this damage can be caused by unhealthy eating habits, irregular mealtimes and even stress. Eating too fast can also play a role, as it causes too much air to be accumulated in the stomach, leading to further discomfort.
Many traditional herbal ingredients have been proven to support stomach health, such as the Chinese jujube fruit.Jujube fruits have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It is still used frequently today in many Chinese dishes, as it is known to be high in vitamins, minerals and low in calories. Chinese jujubes are also high in fibre, which eases constipation and improves satiety.
Ginger has been a long-standing go-to remedy for many ailments. Its main compound is known as gingerol, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Ginger reduces inflammation in the stomach lining while alleviating nausea, bloating, and indigestion.
Reducing inflammation in the stomach lining is a key step in improving stomach health. It takes more than just probiotics to balance out gut flora, though it certainly is effective.
Additional botanical ingredients like wheat peptide and kelp extract (contains fucoidan) are great for protecting the stomach's inner lining, coating it with a layer of health enzymes that reduces inflammation and boosts digestion.
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