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Best And Worst Foods/Drinks For Your Stomach

Best And Worst Foods/Drinks For Your Stomach

An upset stomach can be a difficult and all too common a thing to deal with. Fast foods, eating on the run, too much caffeine and general stress can all contribute to this problem. The good news is that there are a wide variety of over-the-counter and even prescription medications that can help with this. But diet also can make a huge difference in the health and wellness of your stomach. Below are some of the best and worst foods/drinks for an upset stomach.

The Best Foods and Drinks

1. Oatmeal

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    Oatmeal is a great choice for people with nausea or an upset stomach because it is a bland, easy to digest dish with little fat and with plenty of fiber. This fiber can help to ease constipation, a common cause of abdominal discomfort, and it is rich in minerals like zinc and selenium, which can improve immunity and make viral or bacterial stomach infections less likely.

    2. Cabbage

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      Cabbage is another great choice for people with upset stomachs and has even been used for more serious conditions like intestinal ulcers.  Cabbage has anti-inflammatory properties and can soothe down and reduce discomfort for inflammatory digestive conditions like Crohn’s disease.

      However, it is important to be aware that for some people, cabbage can cause abdominal pain due to gas and bloating, mostly due to its fiber and sulfur-based compounds.

      3. Congee

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        Many people in the West have not heard about congee, but this mixture of grains, vegetables and herbs has been served in parts of Asia, like India and China, for hundreds of years. It is valued for its ability to strengthen the digestive system and reduce digestive problems because it is easy for the body to break it down and is nutrient rich and considered to be healing for the gastrointestinal tract.

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        4. Chamomile Tea

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          Chamomile tea is a drink that has been used at least since Roman times for its ability to calm upset stomachs and it has also proven useful in cases like nausea and even colic in babies. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties and also are anti-spasmodic, so they can soothe down muscle cramping and pain.  Its mild sedative properties also help to relax muscles in the digestive tract.

          The Worst Foods and Drinks

          Just as some foods and drinks are helpful for upset stomachs, others can exacerbate or make the problem worse. Here are some of the most common culprits:

          1. Chili Peppers

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            While their characteristic heat can add a lot of flavor to a variety of foods, that same heat can also irritate the lining of the esophagus, stomach and other parts of the digestive tract. Spicy foods which have chili peppers or other hot ingredients should be avoided, especially for people with conditions like inflammatory bowel disease.

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            2. Corn

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              Corn is not a bad food in and of itself, but most people who have eaten corn on the cob then gone to the bathroom the next day realize that, if it is not chewed thoroughly, this grain can pass through the digestive tract undigested, causing bloating and discomfort. This is probably because our ancestors, who were hunters and gatherers, did not evolve to break down these kinds of grains. At any rate, if you do eat corn, make sure to eat it slowly and chew it well in order to help your body break it down.

              3. High Fat Foods

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                High-fat foods are difficult for a number of reasons. For one thing, they take longer to break down and slow the digestive process, which in and of itself can lead to discomfort and bloating. It also requires extra effort on the part of your digestive system and the production of enzymes like lipase in order to break it down properly. In general, if indigestion is a problem, low-fat foods are a better way to go.

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                4. Alcohol

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                  While a glass of wine with dinner or a cold beer during a football game may sound appealing, the problem is that the alcohol in drinks like these can act as an irritant to the lining of the digestive tract and exacerbates problems like nausea, heartburn and general stomach upset.

                  So if you do have digestion problems, especially if they are chronic, then consider these best and worst foods. Avoiding or embracing them can make a big difference in how well you manage the health of your digestive tract.

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                  Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                  How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                  How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                  Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                  If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                  1. Breathe

                  The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                  Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                  2. Loosen up

                  After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                  Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                  3. Chew slowly

                  Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                  Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                  Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                  4. Let go

                  Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                  The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                  It’s not. Promise.

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                  Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                  Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                  21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                  5. Enjoy the journey

                  Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                  Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                  6. Look at the big picture

                  The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                  Will this matter to me…

                  • Next week?
                  • Next month?
                  • Next year?
                  • In 10 years?

                  Hint: No, it won’t.

                  I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                  Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                  7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                  You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                  Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                  8. Practice patience every day

                  Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                  Final thoughts

                  Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                  Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

                  Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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