Too much stress
Ever had your stomach in a knot because something was making you really anxious or nervous? Well these same feelings of stress and anxiety can wreak havoc on your stomach in the long run. Pay attention to when your stomach is bothering you the most. Is it after a bad day at work? When someone has upset you? Stress might be a big key to your stomach problems then. If this is the case, getting your stress under control is vital. Find activities that help you stay calm and unwind. Go for a walk, call a friend or maybe try a yoga class!
Not enough sleep
When you don't get enough sleep, you body doesn't get the necessary recovery time is requires to function at it's best. This can lead to a lot of misfiring in your gut and ultimately more pain than you bargained for after meals. Most people need between 7-9 hours of sleep per night to stay healthy, so make sure you get enough. The emails can wait until tomorrow.
Too many processed foods
This doesn't help everyone, but for some people, it is as simple as going back to whole foods to improve their stomach health. If you rely a lot on readymade foods, condiments and frozen meals, these might be contributing to the pain you're experiencing. Try going back to the basics. For example:
-Fresh fruit over oats from the bag for breakfast
-Mixed vegetable salad with oil and vinegar and plain canned tuna with whole grain crackers for lunch
-Sweet potato with grilled chicken and cooked frozen green beans for dinner
Not drinking enough water
If you get plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains all day but don't drink enough fluid, things might be getting stuck in your gut. This can lead to bloating, pain and constipation. If your water intake leaves something to be desired, try increasing it and see if things improve. Easy ways to add more water include always carrying a refillable bottle with you or making it a rule to drink water every time you eat so you don't forget.
Eating too often
Your stomach takes some time between meals to digest before passing food on to your small intestine. If you label yourself as a grazer who picks all day, you might not be giving your stomach the break it needs between eating to pass on digested food. If you don't want to give up grazing, try your best to keep the snacks separated by at least 2-3 hours to give your stomach the chance it needs to move foods through.
These solutions may not be the answer for you, but they are worth giving a try if you are continuing to suffer from stomach troubles. Be sure to speak with your local dietitian for more ideas on how to make your stomach work at its best.