Nat­u­ral ways to re­lieve an up­set stom­ach

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Email your ques­tions for Dr Libby to ask.dr­libby@fair­fax­me­ Please note, only a se­lec­tion of ques­tions can be an­swered. symp­toms. Try to no­tice if your symp­toms worsen when you are stressed. When we’re stressed, stress hor­mones are re­leased in the body and their ac­tion di­verts our blood sup­ply away from di­ges­tion to the pe­riph­ery, so that we are primed to ei­ther run away or fight the threat that our body per­ceives we are fac­ing.

The stress re­sponse also de­creases motil­ity of the di­ges­tive tract and re­duces the se­cre­tions that help to di­gest food. Stress re­duc­tion is there­fore es­sen­tial to sup­port great di­ges­tion. Any breath-fo­cused prac­tice is won­der­ful, as ex­tend­ing the ex­ha­la­tion is a way in which we can ac­ti­vate the calm arm of our ner­vous sys­tem. You might like to try yoga, tai chi, med­i­ta­tion or sim­ply breath­ing di­aphrag­mat­i­cally (long slow breaths that move the di­aphragm).

If you feel your di­ges­tive symp­toms are re­lated to stress or anx­i­ety, you might also like to try some chamomile tea. Chamomile is a mild seda­tive so it may help you to re­lax, which in turn helps to sup­port di­ges­tive pro­cesses in the body. Chamomile also has anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties and it may as­sist with ab­dom­i­nal cramps as it re­laxes mus­cle con­trac­tions in the in­tes­tine.

If you be­gan to ex­pe­ri­ence symp­toms af­ter trav­el­ling or af­ter a bout of food poi­son­ing, it’s im­por­tant to con­sult with your qual­i­fied health­care pro­fes­sional to check for in­fec­tive or­gan­isms. It’s also very im­por­tant to see your GP if you ex­pe­ri­ence on­go­ing or un­ex­plained di­ges­tive symp­toms, to rule out any sin­is­ter causes.


Pep­per­mint has an­ti­spas­modic prop­er­ties, which means it may help to pre­vent ab­dom­i­nal cramps.

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