You know that spooky feeling when something suddenly pops up on your phone or computer screen, just when you need it or are thinking of it? Well I had that feeling when I had an email pop through my inbox about Rennie and their Little Changes campaign recently, as when the email arrived in my inbox I had heartburn.
The Little Changes campaign is all about thinking about what little changes you can make to your lifestyle to improve your digestive health, many of which can also improve your overall health.
If you’re thinking about trying one or more small changes to help your own digestive health, some of the small changes to try include adding more physical activity into your day, drinking plenty to keep yourself well hydrated, eating more foods that contain fibre, eating more slowly and chewing thoroughly whilst you do so.
Some of the digestive health issues that you might want to try to improve include bloating, heartburn, indigestion or acid reflux. None of which are a lot of fun!
I’ve been suffering from heartburn and indigestion in recent months, for the first time when I’ve not been pregnant, which is definitely something that I wanted to improve. It’s also been a bit of a wake up call about my general health and the need to start looking after myself better.
For the last week I’ve tried implementing some of Rennie’s Little Changes myself, I’ve been trying the following changes:
Rennie say that to eat smart you should be chewing your food properly, really taking the time to chew thoroughly rather than rushing your food. Also to sit whilst eating, not to talk whilst eating, eat smaller more regular meals rather than really big meals and keep well hydrated.
I’ve found this week that whilst chewing my food for longer and taking time to eat, I’ve actually been eating less because I’ve felt fuller more quickly and my indigestion has disappeared thankfully, which I am pretty sure is down to this.
I do have to keep reminding myself to stick to doing this though, especially at this time of year when everything is so busy and I have to resist the temptation to rush my meals so that I can get on with working. I have been really good at upping my fluid intake though, something which I tend to neglect more in the colder months.
I think we all know by now that exercise and physical activity have a lot of benefits for our health, even if like me you sometimes choose to ‘forget’ just how important it is because it seems a lot of effort.
For the last week I’ve made the small change that I’ve started walking more again. Even gentle exercise after a meal and throughout the day can apparently help prevent indigestion by stimulating the muscle contractions that move food along the digestive tract and provide other benefits.
The slight challenge I’ve had with this is that the weather has been pretty awful here recently, I have well and truly had enough of the rain! However, I have managed to get a few walks in and on the days when I haven’t been able to I’ve used my exercise bike for a while instead.
Did Rennie’s Little Changes Help My Indigestion and Heartburn?
Well as I said before I haven’t had indigestion at all this week, which has been lovely and I am definitely feeling the benefits of the changes I made. I have still had some heartburn however, although not as much as I have been having. Personally I think that my heartburn is at least partly due to my current weight – I definitely need to lose at least a stone.
I’m going to keep working on making more little changes though and keeping up with the ones I’ve already made, as I definitely feel like there will be more health benefits in the long run too.
This post is in conjunction with Rennie, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Rennie Peppermint (heartburn, indigestion & wind relief). Rennie Heartburn, Indigestion & Wind Relief Chewable Tablets. Always read the label. Medicines can affect the unborn baby. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine in pregnancy.