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6 Simple Things You Can Do To Alleviate Stomach Problems Effectively

6 Simple Things You Can Do To Alleviate Stomach Problems Effectively

Let’s face it, stomach problems are a huge annoyance. It affects your mood, your appetite, and even your work life. In short, it’s the perfect start to a bad day. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re always complaining of indigestion and acid reflux, then take a look at these six tips that can greatly lessen your stomach problems and help you lead a much healthier life.

1. A Banana A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

The Vitamin B6 found in bananas can actually help relieve acid reflux. In fact, those who consume more fruits and vegetables are less likely to suffer from symptoms of acid reflux. In a 2006 study, participants were divided into 2 groups. Group A took a dietary supplement containing vitamins B-6, B-12, B-9 along with L-tryptophan, methionine, betaine and melatonin while Group B consumed the popularly recommended omeprazole. Within 40 days, all acid reflux symptoms disappeared in Group A, thus pointing to a 100% success.

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2. Slightly Elevate Your Head And Shoulders When You Sleep

Slightly elevating your head and shoulders when you sleep can also relieve acid reflux at night due to the effect of gravity. Stack pillows in an inclined plane, raising the head of the bed by six inches as per the diagram here. Raising your head and shoulders allows gravity to keep the acid from moving up the esophagus, thereby decreasing chances of heartburn. The beneficial effect of gravity is proven by research. 

3. Sleep On The Left Side

If getting proper pillows and mattresses is a bit difficult for you or you share your bed with someone, then tip 2 might not be feasible. In that case, simply remember to sleep on your left side when you kick off your shoes and lie in the bed. As per a study published in The Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, sleeping on your left helps as your stomach is located on the left side. Again, due to gravity, you’ll feel better with your stomach as the stomach acid would less likely move up the esophagus.

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    4. Opt For Oatmeal

    Oatmeal is a bland and low-fat food that is absolutely great for the stomach. It doesn’t contain some magic nutrient that cures an upset stomach, but it’s very easy to digest. If you’re stuck in bed, then oatmeal is a safe bet to ease the stomach. As per the guidelines from the The American College of Gastroenterology, you should eliminate foods that tax the system so, unless you have a non-tolerance issue with oatmeal, as a high fiber food, it may help curb your symptoms.

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    5. Drink More Water

    We all know that the ideal water intake is 8 to 10 glasses, yet how many of us actually count the number of glasses we drink? If you’re suffering from stomach upset, drinking a few cups of water can alleviate the heartburn as this will wash away the stomach acids. However, for severe cases, water may provide only a temporary relief. In fact, while you’re at it, it’s best to have slightly alkaline water. According to a study, pH 8.8 alkaline water exceeds the hydrochloric acid-buffering power and inactivates human pepsin (in vitro) and thus provides therapeutic benefits for the patient.

    6. Use Soda Crackers

    Soda crackers can also alleviate heartburn and stomach aches as they help neutralize the excess acid in the system. Unlike water that only washes the acid back to the stomach, soda crackers actually absorb the acid, thereby alleviating stomach trouble. Here’s a simple heartburn reliever recipe you can use: Take half a teaspoon of baking sugar and add it into a full glass of drinking water. Mix well and drink it up. The reason why baking soda works so well is because it acts as an antacid. However if you’re on a low sodium diet, it is best to avoid this trick and consult a medical professional.

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    These tricks are pretty easy and can be incorporated into your daily life.In addition to following these tips, do try to lead an active and healthy lifestyle as it goes a long way to keeping stomach problems at bay. And don’t forget to share these health hacks with your friends!

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    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

    We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

    The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

    Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

    1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

    Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

    For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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    • (1) Research
    • (2) Deciding the topic
    • (3) Creating the outline
    • (4) Drafting the content
    • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
    • (6) Revision
    • (7) etc.

    Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

    2. Change Your Environment

    Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

    One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

    3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

    Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

    Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

    My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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    Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

    4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

    If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

    Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

    I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

    5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

    I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

    Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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    As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

    6. Get a Buddy

    Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

    I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

    7. Tell Others About Your Goals

    This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

    For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

    8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

    What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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    9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

    If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

    Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

    10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

    Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

    Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

    11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

    At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

    Reality check:

    I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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