Triumph Over Tummy
Today's Snack: Eat a banana; its high water content makes it a
source of fiber that is easy to digest and soooo good for you
One or more people not afraid to bare their tummies
those who have tummy troubles, a pain in the midsection is as familiar as it is
annoying. Who wants to have a stomachache? No one! But it's more common than
you might think. Since so much of our bodies have to do with eating and
digesting our food -- our energy source -- it makes sense that our digestive
tract may give us more trouble than many other body parts.
stomach has its own nerve center! Just as your entire body is connected by your
nervous system so that your organs can operate and you can feel things, your
stomach has its own network, and it has more than 100 million nerve cells. So
when you're upset or sad or worried, your brain "communicates" with all those
nerve cells in your stomach. They get the message that they should make more acid.
That's because the brain is signaling the stomach that there's trouble, and
there may be a need to digest food faster and have more energy on hand.
more acid will no doubt make the stomach contract, or pulse, faster, and that
in turn might give you the unpleasant after-effects of that excessive stomach
action, including heartburn, cramping and diarrhea. Some people are sensitive
to citrus fruit, peppermint, spicy foods or tomatoes, and a girl's menstrual
cycle can also play a role in tummy troubles, as hormones are released and
affect the digestive tract's operation.
say that there's a pretty strong link between extra-stressful times in life -
including divorce, death, relationship problems, school problems and so forth -
and the development of a whole syndrome marked by tummy aches. It's called
irritable bowel syndrome, and it can really mess things up because when you
feel the pains, you don't feel like doing anything else but laying there and
many people realize that serotonin, the "happy brain" chemical that works as a
neurotransmitter in your brain to improve your mood, is actually manufactured
by your body's midsection. That's why, when things change and people feel
happier, often their tummy aches will go away!
things to do about tummy aches:
Chill out! If you're a
go-getter kind of person, you might need to actually write down on your
schedule 15 minutes a day that you are going to sit and do NOTHING except
something fun and relaxing - talking to a friend, reading a book, or just
walking or riding your bike for fun.
Drink at least eight
8-ounce glasses of water per day. Help your stomach work better by supplying
the "motion lotion" it needs to process your food!
Exercise three or four
times a week for at least a half-hour. It's the best stress reliever there is,
and will help you digest your food better so that the stomach isn't stressed
Eat a lot of high-fiber
foods. Here's a list from the prestigious Mayo Clinic:
FOR SOME TUMMY FUN!
a Tummy Dummy. Draw a face on the tummy of anyone who's willing to expose
theirs, with washable markers. Consider the navel to be the mouth, so add lips
or teeth if you wish, along with other facial features, "hair," a "hat," and so
you can get more than one person to do this, it becomes more hilarious.
have the Tummy Dummies talk to each other, sing and otherwise carry on. Invent
a situation or expand the tummy talk into a full-blown play! By sucking in your
abdominal muscles, you can make your Tummy Dummy have different "facial
a lot of fun . . . if you can STOMACH that sort of thing!