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1 year ago
Settle Your Stomach

1/5 Leif Parsons
White-hot pain scorches through your torso during happy hour.

You're Thinking. . .Help! Something's wrong with my lungs.


Your Real Issue. . .You likely have heartburn. Alcohol can weaken your esophageal sphincter and let caustic stomach acid creep into your upper GI tract. Certain postures can exacerbate heartburn, so stop slouching.


Your Gut Rx. . .Stomach acid is tricky—you want to keep it in its place, not eradicate it. Beat the heat with sodium bicarbonate, a.k.a. baking soda. Mix half a teaspoon into four ounces of water and swallow (repeat in two hours, if needed).


2/5 Leif Parsons
You feel like you need a barf bag by the time you get to work.

You're Thinking. . .OMG, do I have morning sickness?


Your Real Issue. . .Relax, it could just be motion sickness. Yes, even a jostling train or car commute can scramble sensory input to your brain, leading to nausea or vomiting.


Your Gut Rx. . .Well, you could walk everywhere. Or you could stash some ginger (in any form) in your handbag. The herbal remedy has been used for centuries to quell roiled tummies.


3/5 Leif Parsons
Uh-oh—major below-the-belt rumblings hit you in the middle of a big night out.

You're Thinking. . .But I ordered super-healthy food at dinner!


Your Real Issue. . .Certain legumes and veggies (beans, broccoli) get an A+ in nutrition but can give your colon a fierce workout, the byproduct of which can be. . .gas. (Eating too quickly makes it worse.)


Your Gut Rx. . .Try some enzymes. Better yet, pop one before digging into a new-to-you meal, just in case. Take small bites, avoid soda, and don't use a straw—it only ups the amount of air you swallow.


4/5 Leif Parsons
Sharp stomach cramps attack shortly before a big presentation.

You're Thinking. . .You knew those pad thai leftovers were a bad lunch idea.


Your Real Issue. . .Stress. Any kind of anxiety can send distress signals to your gut's enteric nervous system, slowing down stomach digestion while causing intestines to contract. Ouch.


Your Gut Rx. . .Put down the double espresso. Loads of stimulating caffeine can heighten cramps. Instead, sip plain water (or chamomile tea, a calming digestive aid) to aid a churning stomach and calm your bellyache.


5/5 Leif Parsons
You're miserable, clammy, and crampy—and sprinting to the ladies' room every half-hour.

You're Thinking. . .Influenza. Thanks for nothing, flu shot.


Your Real Issue. . .Could be food poisoning. When you unwittingly swallow food that contains pathogens (ew, E. coli), your gut revolts with a slew of flu-like symptoms, including diarrhea, fever, headache, and chills.


Your Gut Rx. . .There's no quick fix; you can only hydrate and wait it out. On the bright side, the ailment—which can show up within six hours of eating the bad food—runs its course much faster than the flu. You should feel better tomorrow.


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