August 20th, 2017
digestive health

3 Signs Your Digestion is Broken (And How to Fix It)

Like a good boyfriend or girlfriend, our bodies are typically excellent communicators. They let us know when something is out of whack or when needs more or less of something.

Unfortunately, our bodies don’t speak in a language we fully understand all the time and can give us mixed signals.

So, it’s important to learn what those signals are, especially when it comes to our digestive tract.

Your digestive tract is home to upwards of 80% of your immune system cells and is responsible for digesting and absorbing nutrients from all the foods you eat.

The problem is our western diets are full of processed foods, artificial sweeteners and preservatives and more that are barely recognizable to our bodies.

These harsh ingredients can really harm the good bacteria in our guts and lower intestines and consequently throw our entire system off.

Here are 3 signs that your digestive tract is “broken” and some easy ways to fix it.

1. Pooping is no fun

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While talking about going “number two” is usually reserved for silly playground banter, it is very important to know what’s going on down there.

In general, pooping should be a relatively enjoyable, relieving experience, not one that brings discomfort, odor, or pain.

It should also be a relatively quick experience. Healthy poop should slide out with ease, and not be too watery or hard.

If that doesn’t sound like your typical restroom routine, you may not have optimal digestive health.

A healthy digestive tract that completely digests the foods you eat, absorbs the nutrients you need and discards the wastes.

Remember, as part of that, a healthy tract makes healthy poops.

2. You’re always getting sick

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Under the weather more often than your friends and coworkers?

Could be a sign that your immune system isn’t running at full steam. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

There is a strong link between a healthy digestive tract and a healthy immune system. In fact, according to research close to 80% off immune cells reside in the gut.

Immunity is a complex system in your body, and it’s affected by more than just your diet – sleep, exercise, stress…

But digestive health plays an integral role in the overall function of your immune system, so keeping it healthy with adequate probiotic foods and supplements, fiber rich foods and digestive enzymes could potentially decrease how often you get sick or how long your illnesses last.

3. You’re tired all the time

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If you consistently suffer from low energy and cravings, your gut flora may be out of balance.

Your digestive tract is responsible for transforming the food you eat into energy that keeps your body running at full speed.

It’s like engine in a car, if it can’t turn the gas into energy very well, the car won’t drive far or perform well.

A healthy digestive tract will make sure you’re properly digesting the nutrients you eat, improving your energy levels.

So instead of kicking the can down the road and drinking an entire pot of coffee each day, try focusing on digestive health and see how it positively affects your life.

How to fix your digestion

Here are a few “hacks” to help fix your digestion.

1. Chew your food better

Digestion starts in the mouth. When you chew your food, your mouth excretes saliva that contains enzymes that start breaking down your food as part of the digestion process.

By chewing your food better, it makes it easier on the rest of your digestive tract and helps you absorb more nutrients.

2. Take a high quality probiotic and digestive enzyme supplement.

We recommend a high-quality probiotic like our own PrettyFit Probio-30. It contains over 30 billion beneficial organisms in each serving.

We also recommend a high-quality digestive enzyme supplement like PrettyFit Digest+, it helps your body break down tough-to-digest foods like gluten, dairy and more.

Most other probiotics can be a waste of money as they burn up in your stomach and never reach your lower intestines where they do the most good.

Probio-30 uses patented DRcaps® delivery system to help probiotics reach lower intestine instead of being burned up by stomach acid, making them more effective.

Use coupon code FIX20 for 20% OFF any order of Probio-30 or Digest+.

Or try a digestive health program like the Digestive Reboot System.

3. Control your stress

The stress hormone cortisol, which is naturally released by your body when you’re under stress, damages your gut flora. Control your stress and work on decompressing properly when away from work.

4. Avoid overly processed foods and fake sweeteners

The harsh chemicals found in overly processed foods damage good bacteria in your gut and intestines. Limit and avoid these foods when possible.

5. Eat plenty of fermented foods and foods high in fiber

Fermented foods, like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi contain a number of good bacteria for your digestive system.

Raw vegetables and other produce high in fiber are important for keeping the good bacteria in your digestive system healthy and strong.

Evan Clark

Evan Clark is a former wildland firefighter turned fitness pro (NSCA CPT). Though he loves his heavy squat and deadlift sessions, he believes that health and fitness extend well beyond the gym and that fitness should be a tool to promote mental health and lifestyle balance.

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