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A stomach ache here and there might not be something to worry about but if your child is constantly complaining about their stomach there could be something else going on. We used to be taught that stomach or GI issues were either caused by a physical source OR and emotional one. Only recently has it become evident that the physical and emotional issues are more closely intertwined. An interesting study just released indicated that in 50% of IBS patients have experienced some kind of abuse ( 1 ). This number is double what is found in people with out IBS. The abuse was not limited to sexual abuse but included other forms of psychological trauma. While stress has often been linked to IBS it is thought that the trauma of sexual or psychological abuse may sensitize the brain gut interaction. Of course this news does not mean that everyone with IBS is abused but it is definitely something to keep an eye out for. If your child has serious changes in behavior, including...
Question: I’ve been dieting but my stomach keeps growling so I have to eat. How do I lose weight if my body is constantly telling me to eat more? Heather: It’s not uncommon to experience signs of hunger after you’ve cut down on your calories, but this does not necessarily mean that you need to eat or that your body needs the calories. Sometimes you have to get your body used to getting less food. Hunger is not an emergency. You do not have to respond with food as soon as your stomach growls. Take a few seconds to assess your hunger. Consider when you last ate, how much you’ve eaten over the course of the day abd then decide whether your stomach is growling from hunger or something else. If you’ve just eaten and are feeling symptoms of hunger, consider drinking a glass of water or doing something else to get your mind off the desire to eat. If you still feel hungry in 20 minutes, you might want to have a small snack. While hunger isn’t an emergency, y...
Bloating is the feeling of a full, swollen belly area, usually due to gas in the intestines. Some women have bloating before or during their period (menstrual cycle).
See also: Abdominal bloating
Menstrual periods and bloating
If you have bloating associated with your menstrual cycle, exercise to sweat out excess fluids and eat more high-fiber foods to help prevent constipation .
See also: PMS
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