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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 18, 2020

                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                  Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                  1. Exercise Daily

                  It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                  If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                  Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                  If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                  2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                  Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                  One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                  This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                  3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                  Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                  Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                  Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                  4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                  Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                  The basic nutritional advice includes:

                  • Eat unprocessed foods
                  • Eat more veggies
                  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                  Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                    5. Watch Out for Travel

                    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                    6. Start Slow

                    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                    Final Thoughts

                    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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