How to reduce digestive discomfort
Psst…want to know a secret? If you sometimes find it hard to go to the toilet, you're not alone. We know it's not always the easiest topic to talk about with others, but we also know that it's one of the most important. Digestive discomfort doesn’t just stress us out physically: it can actually affect our mental health and overall wellbeing. Keep reading for hints and tips to help you reduce stress, and bring comfort when and where your body needs it most.
If you are ever worried about your digestive discomfort, or if your symptoms persist even after dietary changes, make an appointment to speak to your general practitioner (GP).
1. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables high in fibre
No doubt you’re already aware of the link between fibre and digestive comfort. But did you know that Zespri Green kiwifruit is considered a high fibre food? The soluble and insoluble fibre in kiwifruit can help soften stools, increase the frequency of bowel movements, and help reduce the sensation of bloating. In addition, kiwifruit contains actinidin, a natural enzyme which can break down a wide range of proteins. So the next time you need to improve your digestive comfort – just try a tasty kiwifruit and remember these facts!
2. Drink water
Let’s be frank: soft stools are easier to pass. Making sure you are drinking the recommended eight glasses of water a day can help cleanse your system and improve your symptoms of digestive discomfort. Plus, water has a whole host of additional benefits. It can help the body break down food more efficiently, and even improve the absorption of nutrients. Don’t forget – many fruits and vegetables are full of water! So snacking on Zespri kiwifruit is another way to keep your body hydrated and happy during the day.
3. Get active
When you don’t feel physically comfortable, the last thing you may feel like doing is physical activity. But in fact, light exercise can really help in reducing stress levels and rediscovering a sense of balance. It makes perfect sense when you think about it – movement can only be a positive when our insides are feeling a little stuck! And now that Spring is right around the corner, what better time is there to get outdoors and breathe a little fresh air?
4. Take the stress out of mealtimes
Sitting down to eat at the end of a busy day should be a moment of pure calm and relaxation. If you suffer from digestive discomfort, you’ll want to prepare meals that feel kind to your body as well as your mind. This delicious recipe for chicken and kiwifruit Thai lettuce wraps is the perfect stress free, fibre fuelled starter – and the best news is that we’ve got a video prepared to take you through it step by step!