Literally Weighing You Down
Feeling sluggish and bloated are signs of the good old American diet. A diet high in refined carbohydrates, saturated fats, dehydration and insufficient level of plant fiber lead to a slow digestive tract. When our digestive tract is slowed by poor diet it actually slows our whole body down. Sluggish digestive tracts lead to decreased absorption of food and decreased metabolism. This sluggish digestion also leads to uncomfortable bloating and the distended abdominal appearance.
So it is no wonder that it is so common to see patients who feel sluggish and uncomfortable along with pain. Once one system in our body is failing it stresses the rest of the body. I am sorry to say that I know of no herbal remedy or vitamin that can reverse the digestive issues related to improper dietary habits.
The proper diet consists of eliminating refined carbohydrates and replacing them with whole gluten free grains such as rice, beans and quinoa. Limit saturated fat intake by mainly eating good omega 3 fats found in fish. Start the good habit of 4-5 servings of fruit and 4-5 servings of vegetables every day. Look into following the Anti-inflammatory Diet which is very similar to the Mediterranean diet.
The changes in how you feel will be your motivation to keep it up.