A stressful lifestyle sends the body to a ‘fight and flight’ response, increasing stress hormone cortisol – in turn shutting down the digestive function. The digestive system can get overloaded when we ‘eat in a hurry’ or eat lots of processed foods (chips, takeout, sugar). Some common stomach problems include:
- No appetite: Gentain (Gentiana lutea)
Gentian is the king of bitters, it helps to stimulate digestive secretions to bring back a hearty appetite.
- Feeling bloated: Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
Chamomile is a carminative, useful in reducing bloatedness, digestive discomfort associated with nervous tension.
- Nausea: Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Ginger slices or a ginger herbal extract in hot water help in reducing nausea.
- Abdominal cramps or diarrhoea: Agrimony (Agrimony eupatoria)
Agrimony is traditionally used for abdominal cramps that feel achy, it also has astringent properties to help tackle diarrhoea.
- Having indigestion: Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Fennel is carminative and spasmolytic, reducing indigestion and calms the digestive system.
It is important to consider stress reduction as part of a lifestyle change. This can include: meditation, yoga, pilates and running. You can also experiment on painting, listening to music, having an aromatherapy bath etc.
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