Dr Dani’s Top 4 Home Remedies for an Upset Stomach

In this video I’m going to tell you my top 4 Home Remedies for an Upset Stomach.

  1. My personal favourites are Slippery Elm and enteric coated peppermint oil, which you can find at most health stores, and can really help with an upset stomach, tummy pain and cramping. I like to get it as a liquid tincture and mix it in a bit of water.
  2. Next is to do a 5 minute belly meditation, focusing on relaxing your abdomen, relaxing your intestines, and imagining coating your insides with a soothing cooling liquid.
  3. My Next tip is to avoid taking anti-inflammatories, NSAIDS, Ibuprofen or Advil because this irritates the gut further and can cause constipation.
  4. Finally, stick to ‘gut soothing foods’ for the next few meals, such as warming pumpkin soup with ginger and avoiding raw foods and spicy foods for the next few days.

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Stomach Problems and Stomach Disorders

In this video, I’ll tell you what can cause stomach problems and disorders when all the tests come back normal. Stomach acid problems and heartburn have become an epidemic in the west. Sometimes heartburn is related to a bug in the stomach called h pylori, that can be tested for and treated, but often times this is not the culprit, it’s an acid dysregulation issue instead.

Stomach Acid and Heartburn

If we have too much stomach acid or too little stomach acid, problems like heartburn or feeling a ‘lump’ in the upper stomach after eating can result. Did you know that acid balance in the stomach is actually related to the brain and control of the branch of your nervous system called the ANS, or autonomic nervous system?

Chew More!

Because we often eat quickly in our fast paced modern lives, when we eat quickly not enough salivary amylase is produced by not chewing enough, eating too much and too often. Eating before fully waking up in the morning can also result in not enough acid to break down our food, and result in insufficient digestive enzyme action.

Stress and Stomach Acid

On the other end of the scale, chronic stress can activate parts of the brain in the limbic system that send messages to the stomach to make more acid, and too much acid results in burning pain and heartburn and can even lead to ulcers in the stomach.

Practical Solutions

The solution to both too much and too little acid and enzymes is in rebalancing the ANS that controls this element of digestion. There a number of ways of doing this through gut-focused relaxation training, cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy and digestive yoga and breathing techniques such as Nadi Shodhana

So as you can see, if you suffer from too much or too little stomach acid, the key is working with your nervous system to restore balance to the gut and to your overall body and brain so you can reclaim health and happiness naturally!

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Why Yoga for Digestion Heals Stomach Problems, Constipation and Diarrhea

In this video I’m going to tell you the best yoga poses for digestion, give you a five minute series you can do anytime to help digestion and also tell you why they can help to restore balance to your digestive health.

Yoga For Constipation

The best yoga poses for digestion are practices that help tone and rebalance the autonomic nervous system, since this is the central control switch in the brain for or all of your digestion. It relays messages to the digestive system via the brain gut connection and also to the ‘brain’ in the gut or the Enteric Nervous System (ENS). If you suffer from constipation, yoga poses and breathing to improve the balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system are great, such as such seated and lying twists and ground series yoga that flex and extend the spine. Sun salutations are great, depending on your level of fitness, taking 5 slow deep breaths in each of the positions before moving on. Another yoga pose called the flying goose, from the 5 elements series from India taught by Peter Clifford, is perfect for helping to stoke the digestive fire in the morning and get things moving through the intestines to help with constipation.

Yoga For Diarrhea

If you suffer more from diarrhea, poses that tone and balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system are useful, but sometimes it’s a bit tricky because if you have diarrhea some poses are harder to do without triggering a bathroom emergency! For all digestive issues, a breathing exercise called Nadhi Shodhana is beneficial as it helps to tone the autonomic nervous system to create balance between the sympathetic and and parasympathetic nervous system. After you’ve practiced Nadi Shodhana some gentle knees to chest poses done lying down, along with just practicing constructive rest can help calm bowels and prevent them from moving too quickly.

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3 Common Causes of Stomach Pain

In this video I will tell you about the most common causes of stomach pain resulting from eating when your nervous system is in fight or flight mode, and what you can do to stop it.

  1. Eating before you are fully awake, or after sitting all day with no exercise causes your digestive system to become sluggish and not ready to handle a large amount of food.The solution is to start the day with 5-10 minutes of activity such as invigorating yoga before you eat, and at lunch take a 10 minute brisk walk before eating.
  2. Eating too quickly with not enough chewing. If you eat in the car or on the run and don’t chew each bite, your salivary amylase won’t kick in and your digestive process will not start ‘on time’ so your food ends up sitting undigested in your stomach without sufficient enzymes and acid to start breaking it down before it moves into your small intestine.The solution is to chew every bite of food 30 times before swallowing, appreciate the taste and texture of each bite, and before you even start eating, take 5 deep belly breaths with long exhales to put your body in a receptive mode to eat.
  3. Mixing more than 2 food groups, along with rich foods must be avoided if you have an already sensitized stomach. Avoid huge meals that mix more than 2 food groups and eat fruit on its own. Combining meat with grains and lots of fat can lead to massive indigestion, so it’s best to have more frequent smaller meals that combine only 2 food groups: eg. grains and veggies, meat and veggies, veggie omelet, or fruit salad on it’s own.

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Common Digestive Problems and How to End Them

 

In this video, I’ll tell you why digestive problems don’t just affect your belly but your overall health including your mental and emotional health and what to do to get back on track feeling happy and healthy. In every major traditional medicine system, such as taoism, Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, digestion is the most important body process to regulate and keep healthy to avoid major health problems of the physical body as well as the brain and emotional problems.

 

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Gut Inflammation Symptoms

The reason for this is that when your gut lining is damaged and inflamed from stress, foods and environmental influences, the immune system of the gut becomes dysfunctional, and adverse reactions to many substances can develop, as well as pain, bloating and fatigue.

Mood and Energy Levels

The other major thing that is affected by an injured gut is the production of substances that affect mood and energy levels, such as serotonin, which is your happy peptide in the brain, but actually 95% of it is made in your gut!

So as you can see, if your gut lining is damaged and inflamed, it can be the cause for many symptoms including low mood, fatigue and belly symptoms and repairing your gut lining is the most important step towards reclaiming your health and happiness

Make Small Changes

So the first step to start healing your digestion is making small changes to your daily diet. There are often some top dietary culprits that keep inflammation going in the gut and in the entire body. So you should cut out caffeine, bread, sugar and milk for a period of time.

The second change to your routine has to do with changing your habits about HOW you eat, when you eat and working on the state of your brain and nervous system at meal time.

Now, If you want a step by step system to help you heal your digestion for good, then click the link below this video NOW to head over to askdrdani.com where you can TRY my Digestion Relief program for free .

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How to Start Beating IBS & Tummy Upset Using a Powerful Mindbody Technique

Your Digestion System is a ‘Mind Barometer’

As funny as it may sound at first, your digestive system is a supersensitive ‘baramoter’ of what’s going on in your mind.  This is because your digestion is totally under the control of your mind through the autonomic nervous system, the ENS, Enteric Nervous System (or your gut brain) and through something called the brain-gut-immune axis.

Your Gut is an Independent Agent

Nature has actually equipped your digestive system with it’s ability to funciton as it’s own special agent, with the ability to make it’s own hormones, send it’s own nerve signals, it’s own immune system and respond to your environment.  This ‘control system’ in the gut is so advanced scientists have called it the little brain or the brain in the gut

Your Little Brain in the Gut

This ‘little brain’ talks to your big brain and all of this goes on without you consciously knowing it, and it’s controlled by the part of your nervous system that’s unconscious–called the autonomic nervous system.  When we are healthy and happy and well-balanced, this autonomic nervous ystemis stable and strong, able to cooridate digestion, making of hormones, and all the hundreds of body processes we need to do each day just to keep on living!

Chronic Stress, Your Gut & IBS

However, unchecked chronic stress can cause this sensitive system to bcome unstable and weakened, so that it can’t respond the way it should.  When this happens, we are left open to the damaging affects of stress on all of our organ systems, from our brains (causing illnesses such as depression and anxiety), to our intestines (leading to IBS, IBD, GERD, etc), thryoid (leading to low thyroid) and heart and blood vessels (leading to cardiovascular disease), just to name a few.

How to Beat the Stress Now

The solution of course is not to go into total hibernation from your life to try to avoid stress because stress is part of living–the solution is to do something each day that prevents the stressors in life from causing you to get ill, from weakening your autonomic nervous system.

A great way to start is with a simple meditation or breathing practice each day, just for 15 minutes, a quarter of an episode of your favorite TV show!

 

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The Yoga Pose to Master to Help IBS Symptoms: The Frog

Yoga for Digestion Part 3: Frog Pose (Mandukasana)

This is part 3 of my Yoga For Digestion Series, to help you know what you can do at home to improve digestion issues, ibs using easy yoga poses.  Yoga is just one of many Mindbody techniques that work wonders for restoring normal digestion.  Even more powerful are things like clinical hypnotherapy for functional digestion problems, ibs, even IBD!  But yoga also has so many other wonderful benefits and even if you tummy is working perfectly, these are still great poses to tone your body and keep things running smoothly!  If you haven’t seen Parts 1 and 2 of this series, go watch them too so you can make your own mini-yoga series out of this whole series!:)

This yoga pose is excellent for functional digestive disorders relieving gas/excess wind and bloating and constipation.  It provides a ‘self-massage’ to your colon and helps stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system to move food through the digestive tract and help with sluggish digestion.

In Ayurveda, if the digestive fire is weakened due to chronic stress (both physical and mental stress), overeating or wrong eating habits for your body constitution, then indigestion, IBS, GERD and other digestive system disorders start to manifest in the body.  To ‘feed the digestive fire’ doing dynamic exercise as well as specific exercises to stimulate the digestion can be helpful in restoring harmony to your digestive system and getting rid of these problems.

Modern “Proof” for Why Yoga Helps IBS & Digestion

Recently, modern science is starting to ‘catch up’ with the ancient knowledge of yoga and Ayurveda and is proving through medical research studies the central role of stress and inflammation in IBS and other digestive disorders and the benefits of Mindbody practices like specialized hypnotherapy and yoga in restoring digestive health.  These practices we now know, work by influencing something scientists call the brain-gut-immune axis, that links our brains, our nervous system in the gut and our entire immune system that all influence each other and affect digestion.

The Frog

This is a great beginner pose and can be held for 3-5 minutes, as long as there is no pain in the knees.  Do this in the morning and in the evening for a few minutes at home, in front of the TV, or beside the bed for max benefits for digestion.  Because this pose is also a forward bend posture, it’s also a great pose for relaxing your mind, and a great way to end or start (or both!) your day!

 

 

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The Yoga You’ve Never Heard About That You Need To Know for IBS & Digestion

Yoga for Better Digestion & IBS Part 2

This is part 2 of my Yoga for Digestion Series and I’m going to be talking about the series in Yoga called Pawanmuktasana Part 2, and 3 simple poses from this series you should be doing every day if you suffer from constipation or poor digestion.  It is a yoga warm up series that is part of traditional Hatha Yoga, and traditionally these poses are done before the actual asana poses to warm up the body and tone the abdomen and organs.

The ancient yoga method of normalizing digestion that still works today.  This specific group of  exercises in Pawanmuktasan Part 2 was used to strengthen the digestive system.

Benefits on Digestion and Overall Health

In modern language, that means if you suffer from bloating, constipation or chronic tummy pain for example, in IBS, that this is great gentle method great for yoga newbies to help improve your digestion and normalize the digestive system so it works smoothly and isn’t sluggish, which leads to constipation.

This group of 3 poses massages your internal organs and your intestines, helping to propel the food through your system at the proper speed and helping your body remove toxins.

The first of the 3 poses also helps tone your abdominal muscles to keep your core healthy and strong, which is a huge help if you suffer with chronic muscular backache, and also helps you keep your posture tall so you can BREATHE correctly, aerate your lungs and relieve tension and anxiety just with your normal breath.  So, lots of good reasons even besides improving digestion and alleiviating constipation to do these 3 easy poses each morning or evening at home.

Using Ayurveda to Improve DigestionIn Ayurveda, this series was used to relieve conditions of Vata imbalance, one the te 3 doshas that if out of balance can lead to poor digestion and constipation.  Knowing your dosha can help guide you in knowing if a Vata imbalance may be an issue for you.  You can find your Dosha using my Dosha Diagnosis Tool Here.

As always, if you have any medical problems, always talk to your doc first before starating any new physical activity, espically for this one if you have heart iissues, high blood pressure or back problems like disc injuries or sciatica, as these exercises can put strain on the lower back if you have a weakness here already and don’t have the ab strength to protect your back.  For healthy peeple, these exercises are generally very safe and great for most people;)

Resident Yogi and Hypnotherapist Nick Cole is going to demo for you 3 key exercises from this Pawanmuktasana series, so do these 3 together each day if you suffer from IBS, especailly IBS-C, sluggish digestion, bloating or constipation to help get your digestion working smoothly again!

 

 

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How You Can Start Changing Bad Genes to Heal from IBD, IBS

After just a short 8 week program teaching people with IBD, or inflammatory Bowel disease who had never before meditated or done yoga, profound changes happened: first, they drastically decreased the pain related to their disease, as well as had dramatic improvements in quality of life and anxiety levels. Even more amazing though, was that by taking blood samples and looking at their actual genes that were expressed, the genes for inflammation and for disease progression got turned off, and ‘protective’ genes got turned on instead.

What this means is that if you suffer with IBD, or IBS, which is now beginning to be understood as having inflammatory and stress causes similar to IBD, is that you can start taking control of your disease and start healing and changing things on a GENE level but just learning how to do a simple meditation or mindbody practice that turns on your Relaxation Response so you can get the same benefits as the people in this study!
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And this was only after 8 weeks of a short 15 minute a day practice of turning on the relaxation response in the body! The Relaxation Response was discovered by modern science by famous Harvard Doctor Herbert Benson in the 1970’s, although this inborn response has been known of for thousands of years by eastern medicine systems, monks and meditators. We all have the potential to turn on this pathway in our nervous systems, but we have forgotten how to in modern life.

Above is a picture of the gene changes from the people in the study, courtesy of the Henry Benson MindBody Institute. You can see that the green genes turn to Red and the Red genes turn to Green after the 8 weeks of meditating–each little blob of colour represents one single gene.

There are so many different ways to access your relaxation response, it’s just a matter of picking one that you like best! If deciding what that is for you feels overwhelming, a simple and easy way to start is to use a guided recording, as most people find this easier when they are starting out than a self-directed meditation, and I’ve found from experience working my own patients and clients that this one is always a hit, and everyone I use it with looks forward to the part of the day they get to do it, instead of dreading it or procrastinating:) This is clinical hypnotherapy relaxation recording that I use with my clients and you can get it here for free so you can get started changing your bad genes to good ones and treat yourself to a 15 minute relaxation every day, just finding a place to relax, put in your headphones and start changing your brain:)

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How Yoga Twists Help You Heal from IBS & Poor Digestion

Yoga for Digestion Part 1: The Lying Twist:

If you suffer from sluggish digestion, constipation and bloating after you eat, than doing some gentle yoga twists each day can help speed up your digestion and help you banish the bloat!  Often in our culture, we want a quick fix for these very common problems of tummy upset, bloating and constipation and pills seem like the best option.  However, a key factor in all digestive disorders, like IBS and IBD is chronic stress, and doing a daily Mindbody practice, including yoga, can help fight the nasty effects of this low-grade chronic stress on your nervous system and your gut, and alleviate your symptoms!

Lack of Energy & Chronic Constipation: The Link

One of the issues with constipation is lack of energy, that can be both a cause and a result of chronic constipation.  If we are constantly depleted from our body’s energy reserves, our nervous system balance between the 2 arms: the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems gets out of whack–leading to one of 2 extremes: constipation or diarrhea OR alternating between the two!  Daily stresses, worries and anxieties can cause the depletion of energy over many months and years and can creep up so sneakily you don’t notice until you have a major digestive issue on your hands!  The goal is to get the stress back under control, by doing Mindbody practices like yoga, hypnotherapy, meditation, etc so that the stresses you have to face every day don’t wreak havoc on your tummy or your nerves!

The Lying Twist For IBS Relief & More Energy

I really like this pose because it is considered a ‘passive’ asana, meaning it won’t deplete your energy further to do it–in fact doing it will actually give you more energy and leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed!  It’s perfect if you find yourself chronically tired at the end of the workday, to help you unwind and relax into your evening and will help get your digestion back on track!

Which Way to Twist First..

If you suffer from constipation, you want to twist left knee over to the right first, so that you are compression your right belly first, and then your left side second, because you want to encourage the forward motion of waste from your right colon to your left colon to be expelled from your body.

It does take time for the yoga to take effect, but if you do a bit each day, you’ll start to see the effects in a few weeks or sooner!  I give clients customized yoga programs, but there are some general poses that everyone with digestive issues can start with.  As always, if you have any medical problems, always talk to your doc first before starting any new physical activity, especially for this one if you have heart issues or high blood pressure or disc problems in the back.

 

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