Okey dokey. Hands up if you eat at your desk??
Shift workers are notorious for having gut issues for a myriad of reasons, but before sending you off to complete a heap of tests or writing a script to take some pills – has your health practitioner ever asked you WHERE and HOW you eat?
Because if you’re sitting at your desk shovelling food down whilst you’re typing at your computer or on the phone, you’re likely going to overeat and bypass the body’s innate hunger mechanism which will contribute to gut discomfort.
Night shift. It’s such an incredibly ruthless shift in more ways
than one as it requires us to be alert and ready to make decisions when all
our body instinctively wants to do is sleep!
night shift also raises our risks of developing certain chronic health
conditions (due to a myriad of reasons) including things like obesity, diabetes
and cardiovascular disease – to name a few.
the key drivers is that our body digests and metabolises foods inefficiently
during the night – even if we’re awake!
In other words, eating food during the night as opposed to during the day, can have a negative impact on the body. In the scientific literature, this is referred to as “chrononutrition” which takes into consideration not only what we’re eating, but also when.
Of course I’m not telling you to not eat during the night, although that does work for some people. It’s more about being selective on the types of food to help minimise blood sugar, digestive and hormonal disruption.
So how can we nourish our bodies in a way that is going to help
maximise our alertness, but without adding to digestive discomfort
which plagues many who work through the night?
This week we’re talking all things digestive health – in particular constipation and small intestinal bowel overgrowth, otherwise known as SIBO. Given shift workers are often plagued with gastrointestinal complaints due to the biological stress associated with ongoing disruption to our sleep/wake cycle, together with diets that are often made up of processed foods which contain little fibre, this is an episode that you don’t want to miss!
Lynda Griparic is a Naturopath, Nutritionist, Writer and Yoga teacher with over 16 years of experience in the health industry who specialises in digestive health, in particular SIBO and constipation. She has extensive experience in running healthy, effective and sustainable bowel care programs and has expertise in investigating and treating the underlying causes of gut disturbance. Lynda has an intense interest in poo and she’s also the creator of the delicious BetterMe Tea a tea designed to promote improved gut health and digestion – assisting those who struggle with constipation and sluggish bowel movements to go to the bathroom with ease.
In this informative and entertaining episode chatting with Lynda, you’re going to learn:
- Why it’s important to have regular bowel movements
- Some of the causes and triggers of constipation
- Exactly what is SIBO, and how it can impact on your health
- Foods to avoid and support your gut health whilst working 24/7
Links mentioned on the podcast:
Lynda’s Website and Constipation Program
Lynda’s Love & Gut’s Podcast
Dr Jensen’s Guide to Better Bowel Care
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