Ways to Calm an Upset Stomach
- Posted on: Jun 30 2015
Don’t you hate it when you have just finished a meal and your stomach doesn’t feel right an hour or so after eating? If you feel nausea or throw up, suffer from heartburn, or feel bloated and uncomfortable, you may be suffering from an upset stomach or indigestion. Sometimes a reason can be found for this discomfort, but in other cases there is no known medical cause for a person’s symptoms. When there is no known medical cause for an upset stomach, this is called “dyspepsia” or “bad digestion.”
Functional dyspepsia is the medical term for persistent upper abdominal discomfort or pain without an identifiable medical cause. For the individuals who suffer from this, indigestion is real and eating can often trigger symptoms of functional dyspepsia. Pain and discomfort can begin while a person is eating, or it can strike after eating. The pain itself tends to come and go, and can even come in spurts. One of the biggest frustrations for sufferers is that having a medical check-up done often finds no physical or anatomical cause for their discomfort. However, if you suffer from functional dyspepsia, you are not alone. Roughly 25% of the population has it and it affects both men and women equally.
While functional dyspepsia is a major concern, it can be frustrating that the cause is unknown, and that there is no definitive cure. However, there are some things that can be done and incorporated into your daily regime that can help you get some relief!
- Be sure to avoid drinks and food that trigger your symptoms. This can take some time to figure out what food/drink is the culprit; the best way for this is to keep a journal and omit one food/drink at a time.
- Be sure to eat small portions of your food, chew properly, and do not overeat. Instead, eat smaller, more frequent meals; don’t forget to chew everything thoroughly and slowly.
- Be sure to avoid activities that make you swallow excess air, such as chewing gum, drinking carbonated beverages, eating quickly, as well as smoking.
- Be sure to reduce your stress. This is easier said than done, but should definitely be attempted. Try yoga, meditation, relaxation therapies, cognitive behavioral therapy, or just get some exercise. An aerobic workout 3-5 times a week can work wonders, but remember to give it some time after eating before you exercise.
- Be sure to get enough sleep, and wait three hours or more before lying down.
- Be sure to keep your body weight in control.
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