Stomach issues can be a result of so many different reasons. from something as simple a windy car ride to poor food choices, an unhealthy lifestyle, allergy and food sensitivity, viral infections, being overly stressed and don't forget medications.
Many of us have occasional stomach discomfort or heart burn. Some have if more frequently. Below are some lifestyle tips and essential oil suggestions that may help.
But first let's go over what is indigestion. It is also called dyspepsia or an upset stomach and is a general term that describes discomfort in your upper abdomen. Indigestion is not a disease, but rather some symptoms you experience, including abdominal pain and a feeling of fullness soon after you start eating. Although indigestion is common, each person may experience indigestion in a slightly different way. Symptoms of indigestion may be felt occasionally or as often as daily. ( Mayo Clinic's explanation )
Indigestion that isn't caused by an underlying disease may be eased with lifestyle changes, natural remedies or medication. So if you don't see some improvement if after making some changes, be sure to check in with your doctor.
Here are some lifestyle tips that when practiced regularly may help to relieve stomach discomfort:
- Overeating - Repeat after me "I am an adult. I get to choose how much I eat. If there is food left on my plate I can still have dessert!" So many of us have an old recording playing in our head from childhood - it is time to replace it.
- Eating too quickly - Take your time and thoroughly chew your food. Count your chews - 27 is the suggested times. Put your fork or spoon down between bites. Take sips not gulps of your drink. These habits will help your food not only digest better, they will also help you notice when you are starting to get full. Aim to be 80% full and leave the rest on your plate. If you need to loose weight, this is a really good habit to develop!
- Cut out the Fatty, Greasy &/or Spicy foods - I know not a fun thing to do but try it for a month. If it helps then know this is your issue (This is my issue and life is so much better now that I respect it). Reserve that particular food for special occasions.
- Drink more WATER and less caffeine, alcohol and carbonated beverages. - This is huge! I have seen so many people have improved digestive issues as well as overall health with just making this one change. Aim to drink half your body weight in ounces of water. Don't like plain water? Give it a flavor and health boost with a drop of doTERRA citrus essential oil.
- Quit or at least reduce Smoking, yes it is related
- Get a handle on the Stress - try 10 slow deep breaths and inhaling or diffusing essential oils like Lavender, Roman Chamomile or the Balance Blend. Check out my blog post on Overcoming Discouragement for more ideas.
- Consume friendly bacteria - fermented foods or I highly recommend the probiotic PB Assist+ and for children or those having trouble swallowing capsules the PB Assist Jr.
- Eat more raw foods or take a digestive enzyme like DigestZen TerraZyme. As we get older our body doesn't produce as much digestive enzymes, which is why I take one with each of my meals. Learn more about it HERE
- Pay attention to see if you have a food allergy
The only time I seem to have stomach issues is when I eat out, or when there is a special occasion and I consume rich foods, or I'm really nervous! When those times happen I use the DigestZen Blend
It comes in several forms:
- 15 ml bottle
- 10ml Touch Roller Bottle, the blend with fractionated coconut oil - This is what I use most. I just role it in a circle around my stomach about 2 inches from my navel and rub it in. And voila! All better in just a few minutes.
- Digest Tabs - These Tablets are a favorite for my husband for upset stomach and heart-burn!
- DigestZen Softgels - Great for those who prefer to not expose their stomach in public
I hope these suggestions help you. But if you need to talk things out, I'm here for you
. I have a few other tricks up my sleeve that might help.
Blessings for Health, joy & Laughter,