Tummy Time

Hello friends! It’s been a crazy few weeks. My mental and physical health took a nosedive and unfortunately, I ended up taking a small hiatus to get myself healthy again. I’d like to thank Jamma for all her love and support over these last few weeks, as well as her understanding. Having a friend and business partner who understands, helps keep me accountable, and gets me back on the horse is something for which I’m very grateful. I love you to pieces Mama Hen!

Now onto our topic for the day. TUMMY HEALTH! This is something I’m truly passionate about, something that started me on my physical health journey.

Time for a little background on the topic. When I was 22 I started having major stomach issues. I began taking over the counter acid reflux medication, and while it worked, it wasn’t sustainable. There had to be a better way to tackle my problem. First step was for it to be identified. After a long time of suffering, I finally spoke with my doctor and got testing done. Blood tests, a stomach/intestine scope, a colonoscopy, and allergy tests. EVERYTHING came back fine. On paper, I was a healthy 25-year-old. What the heck was wrong with me? My doctor finally diagnosed me with Irritable Bowel Syndrom (IBS). A really fun stomach issue where almost everything you eat makes you feel sick. Awesome! My doctor gave me info on how to change my diet and a list of foods that would be good for me. I hit the ground running and did some research of my own. Seven years after my stomach started bothering me, I’d say I have it mostly under control. I’m human, I still chow down on Taco Bell and cookies every now and again. And I pay for it! My stomach hurts, my energy is down, my body is exhausted, my face breaks out, my mood is low, and my lower digestive track is…not so solid to say the least. Sorry, had to go there! So, what is someone supposed to do when they eat something they shouldn’t and end up feeling very, very icky? Well, good people, that is what today’s topic is about!

Even if you don’t have fun stomach issues like I do, I’m sure you’ve over indulged or eaten something that’s upset your tummy at some point in your life. You’re left feeling sick and uncomfortable and hoping for any kind of relief. But what can relieve the horrible feeling that’s taking over your body? A lot.

My number one go-to is Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). It is 100% my favorite cure-all. There’s so much you can do with it, but today we’re going to discuss its benefits for your stomach. You have a couple options with ACV but my favorite, and the easiest, is to put 1TBSP of ACV in 8oz of water and drink up. It works best if you use room temperature or warm water. For the best results, use organic/raw ACV with the Mother. You can tell because it will have a cloudy look to it. Side note: fermented foods and drinks are full of really great bacteria that improve the health of your gut flora (stomach bacteria). You have billions of bacteria in your stomach that keep you mentally and physically healthy so it’s important to keep them happy.

Well Kayla, that’s all find and good, but what if I don’t like the taste of ACV? Great question, I’m glad you asked! It’s very simple; add healthy, natural flavors to your ACV concoction. I like to add a fresh squeezed lemon slice, honey, and fresh sliced ginger root. Lemon juice activates your metabolism, honey gives you a natural boost of energy, and ginger root helps with nausea and is a natural anti-inflammatory. BOOM! You just kicked that stomach ache’s butt!!

If you still can’t stomach (hahaha I’m punny) the ACV, another delicious fermented drink is Kombucha. It’s a fermented tea drink, often infused with some sort of delicious flavor. Since Kombucha is fermented, it has all of those wonderful bacteria that help boost the health of your gut flora. Pictured below is my favorite brand, however, there are so many out there you can’t go wrong! As always, organic is best.

If you’re like my husband and can’t stand vinegar or fermented food or drinks, there are other options.

Turmeric root is a natural anti-inflammatory and helps with nausea. Fresh is best, but you can also purchase dry turmeric in the spice aisle at your local grocery store. If you’re looking to boost the power of turmeric, add some black pepper. Yes, you read that correctly. Black pepper helps your body break down and absorb the nutrients in the turmeric.

Melon is another wonderful solution. Any kind of melon, pick your favorite or get a good mix goin. It’s much less acidic than your stomach acid and will help bring it back to its normal level. This is my favorite thing to eat for breakfast if I ate too late the night before and wake up with an icky tummy.

Caffeine free hot tea is a very comforting stomach soother. Look for something that supports healthy digestion and/or helps with nausea. There are SO MANY different kinds out there, you just need to find what works best for your body. For more relief, you can add slices of ginger root.

These are just a handful of different options you have to help ease the pain of an upset stomach and digestive system. Take some time to try them and do some research of your own. Google is a good place to start and once you figure out some favorites head to Pinterest for some mind-blowing recipes!

While there are many solutions to help your stomach, there are also things you should avoid. When you don’t feel well you shouldn’t eat or drink the following: fatty foods, fried foods, dairy, gluten, processed sugars, carbonated drinks, alcohol, caffeine, or anything acidic. Basically, all of the good stuff. I’d steer clear of all of those things for at least a day or so just to allow your stomach to recover properly.

Your stomach health might be more important to your overall health than the average person knows, so do yourself a favor and treat your tummy right!

If you are pregnant or nursing, talk to your doctor before consuming ACV or Kombucha. It’s also important to consult your doctor if you’re having chronic stomach issues. You should always get a professional opinion before making any major changes in your diet or starting any medication.

It’s so great to be feeling healthy and back on the blog again, I missed you humans! Thank you for reading today’s post. I hope you and your tummies have a terrific weekend!!

Love and good health,

Kay

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