Digestive Health Issues in the U.S.
Nearly 40% of the population suffers from some symptoms of a digestive health issue at any given time. A recent Gallop poll suggests that 1% of Americans polled are using CBD products for gastrointestinal/digestive issues.
Gastric problems can occur with changes in diet or increased stress. A lack of exercise, medication use, or pregnancy may also cause digestive issues. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is estimated to affect 10-15% of the world’s population. Characterized by symptoms like abdominal pain and cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, and weight loss, IBS is twice as frequent in women.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), there were 22.4 million physician visits and 8 million emergency visits due to diseases of the digestive system in 2016.
Fortunately, most common digestive issues are temporary and, more good news, there are things you can do to help promote digestive health.
Your endocannabinoid system, digestive health, and CBD
You have a number of systems that keep your body functioning properly. One of them is your Endocannabinoid System (ECS). This system is responsible for keeping your body in balance, also known as homeostasis. Your ECS regulates several biological functions, including appetite, inflammation, mood, and immunity.
Phytocannabinoids such as CBD, can stimulate or interact with your ECS, including the receptors found in the gastrointestinal tract. Researchers are looking at the potential of CBD to help with a variety of digestive issues.
Tips for promoting digestive health
Common digestive problems include stomach discomfort, heartburn, nausea, gas, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. Your lifestyle and eating habits can affect the way your body digests food.
Tips for improving and maintaining your digestive health include:
- Eat a high fiber diet, one that includes whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and beans. Not only can it help improve digestion, but it may help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Practice portion control. Limit the food on your plate to the amount you think you’ll eat – you can always get more later.
- Avoid or limit processed foods, fried foods, spicy foods, foods high in fat, sweeteners, and excessive amounts of alcohol and caffeine.
- Stay hydrated, drink plenty of water.
- Add probiotics such as low-fat yogurt, kefir, miso, and sauerkraut to your diet. Probiotics may help enhance nutrient absorption and may strengthen your immune system.
- Take a walk. Regular, gentle exercise helps digestion, and being upright can help food move through your digestive system.
- Manage stress. Find a support group, and get regular exercise and plenty of rest. Reducing stress can be positive for both physical and mental health.
- Avoid smoking and drinking excessive caffeine and alcohol.
- Add a full spectrum CBD product, like CANVIVA BALANCE, as part of your daily wellness routine.