How to Manage a Stomach that won’t let You Rest (Sensitive Stomachs)
Apart from God and my family, the two other things I fear and have utmost respect for in this whole wide world are my hair and my stomach. I am very serious o. I respect them well well. My hair can even be bribed sef (once in a while sha) but my stomach?! Hmmmm, it has a mind of its own. It does what it likes and I cannot question it. It is a mini god I guess. My stomach started ‘bullying’ me around my SS 2 (2006/7). Initially I thought that it was one of those things that stomachs do from time to time to cleanse the system, I didn’t know that I had entered one chance with my stomach and now 10 years later I am still trying to pacify it every day and in every way. These are some things I have done to make life easier for both of us and to ensure that we live in peace (me & my stomach). They are:
- I try to eat according to my blood type/group: I know this may sound crazy right? But trust me it works miracles. All foods are good but our bodies react differently to what we eat and this all stems from the blood group issue. I am AB+ and my blood group is quite picky and indecisive (if I can call it that). By reason of my blood group, I have low stomach acid which makes digestion difficult. And because my blood group is a mixture of blood groups A and B, sometimes what’s good for A is bad for B and vice versa so having a mixture of them would seem catastrophic abi? You see my life? Anyway that’s what I have to deal with and I have actually noticed a lot of improvements in my system since I started eating certain meals that were recommended for my blood group (I miss the days when I could eat whatever I want).
Try to observe the way your body reacts to certain meals and avoid the ones you need to avoid. For example based on my research yoghurt is supposed to work well with my blood group but each time I take it I get bloated. This simply means that no matter what you find as appropriate/recommended for your blood group; you need to still observe how your system reacts to what you eat.
2. Drink a lot of water: I am not a medical person but I love studying about health and I have learned that water is a natural healing agent. It cures so many illnesses and flushes out anything that shouldn’t be in your system. Maintaining that 10 glasses of water a day plan can work wonders. It doesn’t just help your stomach. It helps your skin, nails, hair; well I am sure you get the picture. Drink as much as you can abeg. I am talking about room temperature water and not cold water ooo. If you are drinking cold water you are adding more wahala upon yourself. I have told you.
3. Eat Veggies and Fruits: Taking a lot of fruit and vegetables helps a lot in digestion, cleansing the system and in enhancing good breath too! So please eh instead of eating akpu/fufu or pounded yam in the morning that will make you sleep in your office why not try taking fruits and veggies?
4. Don’t go on hunger strike: I am guilty of this but I have really been working on ensuring that I don’t miss breakfast. I am sure that you have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day abi? It is. Please don’t go on hunger strike for any reason. Besides it gives bad breath. If you are fasting, fast but if you are doing fit-fam, berra get something into your system no matter how small. You can’t come and die because you wanna lose weight ok? So please, I beg don’t go on hunger strike.
With these few points of mine I hope that you are convinced and not confused on how to manage your wahala stomach. Take good care of your body.
“Do you not know that your bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you received from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore honour God with your bodies”. 1 Corinthians 6:19–20 (NIV).
Blessings and peace,
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