5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Digestion

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Everybody has occasional stomach upset. A night of heavy drinking or dining on rich food can wreak havoc on even the stoutest of digestive systems. However, if your tummy troubles are more than just occasional, you may need some help to improve your digestion.

1. Improve Digestion With Dietary Changes

If you frequently suffer from heartburn, adding some apple cider vinegar to your diet can work wonders in easing symptoms. Though it may seem counterproductive to add acid to an already burning stomach, acid reflux is actually a problem with too little acid production, not too much. Taking two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar twenty minutes before a meal will help normalize pH levels and keep acid reflux at bay.

Hidden food allergies and intolerances are a common cause of chronic flatulence, constipation, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, brain fog and learning difficulties. The most common culprit foods are wheat/gluten, dairy, corn, soy, fructose and yeast. Improving digestion begins with eliminating the foods it cannot tolerate.

Remove the foods mentioned above from the diet for one week, and then reintroduce a new eliminated food once per day to test for symptoms. When a problem food is eaten, the symptoms will return and you will know what to eliminate permanently.