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A nervous stomach is a general condition where the stomach is upset, bloated or gassy. If you have ever suffered from indigestion but had no signs of a more serious problem, then that would be an example of a nervous stomach. Some people refer to this condition as "irritable bowel syndrome," and it can be very inconvenient to chronic sufferers. Luckily, there are some home remedies that can soothe a nervous stomach and help prevent further problems.
What to Eat
It is important to keep track of your diet when you are suffering from a nervous stomach. Maintaining a food diary can help you to identify the foods that upset or soothe your stomach the most. Of course, there are also some usual suspects when it comes to abdominal upset. You should avoid foods that are high in fat or that are known for producing gas, such as beans, cabbage and broccoli. Spicy meals can also cause major indigestion. Some foods help to counteract a nervous stomach. Honey, for instance, is a natural and delicious food that relaxes the digestive tract. Adding honey to your morning cereal is a good way to start the day. Other helpful additives include mint, ginger, fennel and cinnamon. All four can be found at your local health food store and should have no adverse side effects.
What to Drink
What you drink is just as important as what you eat when it comes to a nervous stomach. For starters, you should cut out any drinks that contain caffeine or alcohol. Both of them can irritate the stomach lining and cause dehydration, which backs up your digestive tract. Other beverages that can contribute to a nervous stomach are fruit juices, as they are highly acidic. Water really should be your primary source of liquids. Drink at least eight to 10 glasses a day in order to keep your bowels moving the way they should. In addition to water, you may find the occasional cup of hot tea very relaxing. Milk is a controversial beverage when it comes to stomach problems. While some people find is soothing, others experience more indigestion due to the lactose.
Not all home remedies need to come from the refrigerator or spice rack. Sometimes, the best place to seek help is the corner drugstore. Over-the-counter medications may not instantly cure a nervous stomach, but they can make the condition more bearable until you balance your diet. Pink bismuth is good for a variety of symptoms, such as nausea, diarrhoea and mild heartburn. If you are experiencing severe heartburn, however, an antacid may be the best solution. Many nervous stomach sufferers have also found success with charcoal tablets, which absorb toxins and gas.
While you may not feel like exercising when your stomach is upset, staying active is a great way to relieve stress and stimulate digestion. It will also increase your endorphins and make you feel more positive about your life. All of these factors can improve or even prevent a nervous stomach.
Rest and Relaxation
When it comes to a nervous stomach, the operative word is "nervous." Stress can wreak havoc on the body, so you need to learn how to relax in order to soothe your stomach. Try to get at least eight hours of sleep a night. Also, consider learning some simple relaxation exercises or yoga. Try to avoid stressful situations, such as a crowded shopping centre, while your stomach is in turmoil. Constant sources of stress, such as a demanding career, may be the main cause of your stomach problems. In that case, it might be time to consider a major life change. As you become more rested and relaxed, your stomach symptoms should begin to ease.
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