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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 January 21, 2020

                  The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                  The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                  Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                  your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                    Why You Need a Vision

                    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                    How to Create Your Life Vision

                    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                    What Do You Want?

                    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                    Some tips to guide you:

                    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                    • Give yourself permission to dream.
                    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                    Some questions to start your exploration:

                    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                    • What qualities would you like to develop?
                    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                    • What would you most like to accomplish?
                    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                    A few prompts to get you started:

                    • What will you have accomplished already?
                    • How will you feel about yourself?
                    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                    • What does your ideal day look like?
                    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                    • What would you be doing?
                    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                    • How are you dressed?
                    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                    Plan Backwards

                    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                    • What important actions would you have had to take?
                    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                    Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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