I have some serious tummy troubles.
They’ve been going on for about 5 years, and it’s impossible to tell when they’ll flare up or why they occur.
I’ve been to several specialists, been tested for allergies, had a colonoscopy (worst experience EVER!), and taken countless medications.
I’ve tried herbal remedies, prescriptions, and over the counter meds. I’ve eaten Tums and Rolaids like candy. I’ve changed my diet. And changed it again.
Sometimes, one “cure” will help one time, and the next it’s useless. The same goes for food. I could eat oatmeal every morning, prepared the exact same way every day of my life. One day, I’d be fine. The next, a huge mess.
Oooh, and sometimes, I get this awesome Buddha belly thing going on. That’s super hot.
I do not look nearly this happy when this happens.
Over time, none of the doctor recommended remedies have done much of anything for me. And strangely, none of these doctor types seem to be able to give me any explanation as to why this is happening. Super frustrating? You bet.
With a generic diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), I have yet to find a doctor who can explain the cause or find a reasonable course of treatment that actually works. By and large, this means I’m on my own.
After much trial and error, I have found a few things that do seem to help, and I’m all for sharing info—especially on this topic! If you have regular—or even occasional—tummy troubles, read on!
Flaxseeds have a ton of omega-3s and antioxidants, but they’re also natural laxatives. Since my IBS leans that way, flaxseed oil supplements have been pretty helpful to me.
I get my flaxseed oil in capsule form from Trader Joe’s. Twice a day, taken with lots of water before a meal, this has evened things out considerably for me. You can also get a similar benefit from simply adding flaxseeds to your diet because they’re very high in fiber. Unfortunately, seeds are hard for me to digest, so I go the oil route!
**Store flaxseed oil in the fridge to keep it fresh!
You’ve probably seen various yogurts advertised with probiotics in them. For a lot of people, these work great. For me, I need a little more help.
Since I’m terrible about taking pills, I found probiotic gummies!
Probiotics basically even out the bacteria already present in your digestive system to keep everything balanced and working properly. Combined with the Flaxseed Oil, these have also made a big difference for me!
I know what you’re thinking . . . Yoga for digestion? Seriously?
A few months ago, while surfing the web for something to help relieve my tummy woes, I came across a site that recommended a couple of different yoga poses for improved digestion. Utilizing the pressure points in your feet, these 2 poses relieve stomach discomfort with the added benefit of stretching out your feet! Betcha never even thought about stretching them out!
Prepare yourself for some ridiculous pictures of me demonstrating.
Deep Toe Bend
Please excuse my awkward expression.
What we’re doing here is a low squat on tip-toes.
You want to bring your weight forward so that you are putting pressure on the underside of your toes. Hold it as long as you can.
Foot Criss Cross
Sit on your knees and criss cross your feet beneath you.
Then, sit back so that you are resting on your top heel. The top foot should be pressing on the arch of the bottom foot. It’s not especially comfy, but it sure is effective!
Not a strange or awkward photo at all, right?
Hold it for as long as you can stand, then switch sides and repeat.
These yoga poses have actually helped me quite a bit!
Anyone else out there with the elusive IBS diagnosis? Or just tummy troubles in general? What helps you?