5 Tips for IBS Awareness Month
An upset stomach can quickly turn your day into a bad one. Stomach pains caused by stress, bad food, and other factors can make you lose concentration, cause anxiety, and make you feel fatigued. Discomfort can also make you perform poorly in school or at your job.
In the healthcare world, you need to be on-the-go in case of a healthcare emergency. If your stomach is acting up then you might not have the energy to properly handle your daily responsibilities.
Since April is National Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month, ACMC offers students and healthcare workers tips to remedy that upset stomach. Whether you’ve been diagnosed with IBS or not, it’s important to keep your stomach healthy and happy, so you can have function correctly throughout the day.
Here are five tips to prevent an upset stomach from ruining your day:
Tip #1: Boil rice water
Making brown rice tea is especially helpful if you get an upset stomach before you have to leave the house. Take a ½ cup of rice and boil in approximately six cups of water for 15 minutes. Strain out the rice and then put a hint of honey in the warm water. Rice water has been shown to significantly reduce symptoms of an upset stomach and decrease bowel movements.
Tip #2: Consume peppermint or ginger
The herb peppermint and the root vegetable ginger are two of the best natural healers for indigestion. Peppermint contains compounds that activate anti-pain channels in the colon. Likewise, ginger can soothe an upset stomach by speeding up the emptying of the stomach. Chew a stick of peppermint-flavored gum or drink peppermint tea. If you drink ginger ale with toast, you could see the benefits of healthier stomach.
Tip #3: Eat small portions
Portion control doesn’t just help with weight loss, but it also prevents overeating which can lead to an upset stomach. During breakfast or lunch, use portion measurements to keep track of how much food you’re eating. As a general rule, try to eat portions that fit into the size of your palm. Maintaining your portions will help you balance your diet and avoid eating too much.
Tip#4: Avoid trigger foods
Stay away from foods that you know will cause your stomach to become upset. If you are sensitive to dairy, then avoid meals with the dairy-based ingredients. If you have a sensitive stomach, you can check out IBS triggers, prevention, and diet tips to understand how foods pair and interact with each other. You should avoid large portions of:
- Dairy products, especially cheeses
- Carbonated drinks
- Processed foods—chips, candy, and cookies
- Cereals and breads made with non-whole grains
- High-protein diets
Tip #5: De-Stress
Stress may cause tension in the stomach. If you’re experiencing lots of stress then you could experience symptoms of an irritated stomach. Try to manage your stress at work by thinking positively and focusing on work. When you get home from a busy day, you can de-stress by listening to music, spending time with loved ones, or watching a comedy. Kick start your endorphins—hormones that reduce feelings of stress and pain— with exercises like running or yoga. It will also help cleanse your body and digestive system of unwanted solids and toxins.
These natural remedies for an upset stomach can help you have a productive day at work or school. If the symptoms don’t decrease, then it may be time for you to see a doctor or specialist to see what is causing your stomach pains and indigestion. We hope these tips will lead you on the right path to a healthy stomach!
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