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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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    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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