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Having digestive or stomach issues can be really difficult. I know first hand how difficult as I’ve suffered stomach issues for years. Not only can this be super uncomfortable, you might also find it stressful trying to get to the bottom of what might be causing it. Stomach problems can manifest themselves painfully, making it difficult to go about your daily life as normal and it can also affect your sleep.
If you are experiencing prolonged stomach problems, you should see your doctor as soon as possible to find out what’s really going on. However, for some short term relief, these three things could calm your stomach and help you to go about your day as normal.
Let’s get started, shall we?
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1 Peppermint Tea
Tea and coffee generally don’t help an upset stomach. Most coffees and teas contain caffeine, which is known to cause stomach cramps and increase metabolism for those with delicate stomachs.
Peppermint tea, on the other hand, does not contain caffeine and can actually have positive effects on how our stomachs feel. Peppermint contains properties that relax your gut, meaning that inflammation and irritability are reduced. If you are experiencing bloating or an upset stomach, sipping peppermint tea will probably help.
Often, a “blocked up” feeling in the stomach is due to tense muscles in the back, ribs and abdomen. Any minor gastro problems you are experiencing will be, at least partially, alleviated by stretching in yoga poses. Here are 3 yoga poses that help!
- Cat/cow: The cat/cow pose involves positioning yourself on all fours and flexing your spine gently into an arched position, then into a concave position, repeatedly. This can move your gut around, helping to shift blockages or trapped wind.
- Downward facing dog: Downward facing involves pushing your hips up and back from an all fours position, so you look like a stretching dog! This position opens up the hips and lets your whole abdomen stretch out nicely.
- Child’s pose: This is the most relaxing pose in yoga – you kneel down, then fold your abdomen over your knees with your arms reaching forward. If you allow your stomach to drop between your knees and breathe gently into your lower back, you’ll find your irritated stomach soothed.
Taking daily probiotics is a very good way to keep your gut as healthy as possible. Probiotics contain millions, sometimes billions, of good bacteria that populate your gut and help to break down your food, as well as fight infection or viruses. Probiotics can help you have regular bowel movements and promote healthy skin too.
When to visit an emergency doctor…
If you are experiencing significant stomach pain, it’s time to act now. You should check yourself into hospital if you feel you may have appendicitis or gastroenteritis, both of which are serious abdominal problems that require treatment straight away.
What is gastroenteritis? It is an inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, causing diarrhoea and other significantly damaging side effects.
If you are having minor stomach issues, follow this blog to ensure that you are doing everything you can to relieve the symptoms.