Pain, Pain Go Away!
With severe digestive issues, I often have extreme stomach problems. My stomach swells up like I’m pregnant, I get chills that run all over my body, I get sharp pains in my upper stomach that feel like knives repeatedly stabbing me over and over. I try not to complain, but it is something I live with 24/7. And over the years I have learned various tricks that help with these symptoms. I don’t use any sort of chemical/medication because I don’t want to cause even more problems.
Nothing instantly makes my stomach lay flat again or completely eliminate the pain, but it helps drastically. Your body is in pain for a reason.. wouldn’t it would be scarier if you had a serious condition and didn’t know because your body wasn’t telling you?
Tips for Stomach Problems:
Deep Breathing– This is a double whammy- it helps with bloating and pain. Breathe in d e e p l y through your nose, pulling your stomach in, and once you can’t inhale anymore, slowly exhale through your nose keeping your lower abdomen tight. Repeat as many times as you need. This breathing helps massage all of the organs and muscles in your stomach that are currently inflamed.
DigestZen– This has literally become a major lifesaver. It is an essential oil blend composed of peppermint, spearmint,—- all of which help digestion, and increase blood circulation to the gut to speed up healing. I always always have this in my purse, kitchen, and bathroom. I simply add a drop or two to my stomach, rub it in, and embrace that wonderful cooling sensation. I use it so often that is has unintentionally become my signature “perfume”… not the sexiest but if it helps I;m not changing it.
DGL (Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice) sugar free– Licorice is an herb that has been used for centuries! It has properties that can help fatigue, immunity, heartburn, leaky gut and of course- stomach pain. If I eat something that doesn’t agree with me, or if I know I ate way too much, I chew up a tab and instantly feel SO much better. This is also with me constantly- especially if I’m going out to eat or to a friend’s to eat. Even though I stick to my strict diet, eating foods that aren’t made the cleanest way can cause major damage to my stomach.. for hours.
Stretching/Yoga: Similar to Deep Breathing, this massages and stretches all of those muscles that become tight and sore with constant fluctuation. Your mind is also calm and relaxed which really helps the stomach heal. (Stress can make your body sick so, so fast.)
Health is about not only treating when you’re sick, but also when you’re well to prevent the sickness. These are simple and easy to implement into your daily routine.
Taking a Really Good Probiotic: If your body (specifically stomach) is out of whack, then you definitely have a bacteria imbalance. We all have bacteria in our gut to digest food, but sometimes the bad bacteria takes over and we need to replenish our good bacteria. It’s nearly impossible to eat enough/a varied enough diet, so probiotics are the answer. I love both Dr Axe’s Soil Based Probiotic, and Dr Mercola’s Probiotic.
Digestive Enzymes: This is something I’m not too sure about. I have read a lot of stuff about how great they are, but then again you are training your body to rely on them and not produce enough enzymes on it’s own. I could never tell a difference when I personally took them, but some people have great results!
I have found these to be so helpful and effective. I love understanding my body, it allows me to care for it even more! It is extremely empowering. Take your health into your own hands, you are your own Health Representative.