The past few months have been difficult for everyone and that feeling of isolation and uncertainty brought a lot of stress and anxiety.
We all act differently to stressful situations, some found new hobbies, while others used the time to learn new skills, and there are those who used it to relax and just chill. For some people, however, the overwhelming fear and anxiety have affected their mental health and their general well-being.
Did you know that coping with the stress and getting used to the ‘new normal’ could also have an impact your digestive health and your overall feeling?
Our digestive system plays a big role in keeping us in good health, both physical and mental. Our gut acts as a “Second Brain” that’s responsible for balancing our mood, reducing stress and anxiety, and keeping our overall mental health.
If you are feeling bloated and heavy or if you haven’t pooped in the past two days, you may already be suffering from constipation.
Constipation has many causes – dehydration, poor diet, lack of exercise, thyroid issues, and even stress. Constipation is one of the leading digestive health problems that affect 23% of the world’s population. 70% of those who have experienced it say that it has a high impact on their quality of life, as it can cause mood and anxiety disorders.
How to manage constipation at home?
With quarantine in place, it’s possible that a lot of people are adapting activities that might have adverse effects on the digestive system such as unhealthy diet, sedentary lifestyle, and irregular sleep schedule.
To fight constipation, make sure that you drink enough water and include a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Reduce intake of processed foods and move to more whole foods that are easier to digest.
In these stressful times, respecting meal and sleep times as well as regular exercise can help you cope with stress and alleviate symptoms of digestive diseases and prevent constipation.
Gut problems? Trust your gut feelings!
Digestive self-care also means getting treatment as soon as your body starts sending signals of discomfort. The good news is that treatments including laxatives exist for resetting the system on a natural, regular schedule that does not harm the digestive system.
(Bisacodyl) Dulcolax is the Philippines’ No. 1 doctor-recommended laxative brand for gentle and dependable constipation relief. Dulcolax’s unique dual action gently softens the stool and stimulates bowel movement, so you can feel good, inside and out.
Aside from Dulcolax, Sanofi Philippines offers a wide range of digestive healthcare solutions to help you with your digestive problems.
Available in drugstores nationwide, you can find (Hyoscine N-Butylbromide)Buscopan for stomach aches and abdominal cramps, (Phospholipids) Essential Forte P for your liver protection, and Erceflora Probibears for your child’s overall digestion.
Let’s Talk About Gut Feelings!
There’s no great time to talk about gut health but on World Digestive Health Day (#WDHD2020), happening on May 29. Sanofi invites you to join the rest of the world in spreading awareness on how we can better take care of our digestive health. Share your stories on social media by using the hashtag #LetsTalkAboutGutFeelings. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to talk about your digestive problems. Take care of your digestive system so your digestive system can take care of you.
- World Digestive Health Day 2020 “The Virtuous Circle: Take care of your digestive system, so that it can take care of you”.
- Dulcolax. https://www.dulcolax.com.ph/