Have you ever felt ‘butterflies in the stomach’ when you are gripped by nervousness and anxiety? Like when you are waiting for a crucial lab test result or you are at a doctor’s office wondering what the verdict might be, for that matter even into that claustrophobic MRI machine.
Sometimes the situation may not be related to health issue, such as when you are in the throes of crisis related to your job, business, and family, which you feel can change the course of future.
Nervousness, anxiety, and its effect on the gastrointestinal system are perhaps the most common symptoms. Many of us may have experienced sometime or the other in our life. These symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, bloating and gurgling, stomach cramps, diarrhea etc. They are physical response of stomach, basically precipitated when the body is exposed to extreme anxiety and nervousness.
Actually anxiety is a reaction that occurs when you pass through a stressful phase. To an extent anxiety is good as without it, you will not be motivated to do things and accomplish your tasks.
Some believe there is a rush of adrenalin when a person experiences nervous stomach anxiety. Adrenalin is hormone released in response to fight or flight situation, when a person is nervous. While doing so the blood is carried away from the stomach towards the muscles and tissues. The body intends to provide enough oxygen to the muscles to fight the situation. In this case, the muscles involved are those of digestive tract. The reduction of blood flow badly affects digestion of food, giving rise to unwanted symptoms. It is the main cause behind nervous stomach anxiety. Some believe the condition is also precipitated when there is an imbalance of microbial flora in the digestive system.
Symptoms Of Nervous Stomach
Here are the symptoms that occur in nervous stomach anxiety. The severity of symptoms may vary from one person to another, because each individual has separate tolerance level to face nervous anxiety.
- Feeling of butterflies in stomach.
- Bad taste in mouth.
- Stomach cramps.
- Bloating and eructation.
- Decrease in appetite.
- Constant feeling to throw out the stomach content.
- An urge to use bathroom to calm anxiety.
Anxiety and nervousness leading to gastrointestinal indisposition can badly affect day to day activity of a person. Many people think that the condition is insignificant and when left unattended it resolves on its own. However without going deeper into the controversies let us find how to cure nervous stomach anxiety when it occurs.
Natural Cure For Nervous Stomach Anxiety
Since most cases of nervous stomach are caused as a result of anxiety and nervousness, the core of treatment lies in relaxing from stress and anxiety. To do so shift your focus from the situation or a person who is responsible for causing stress and anxiety.
- The best way to relieve stress and anxiety is to practice yoga and meditation.
- Do not eat or drink things that contain caffeine during this period. Stay away from chocolates, colas and coffee. Caffeine is a known stimulant which can increase the heart rate and cause anxiety.
- Peppermint tea is useful to calm nervous stomach problems as well as helps digestion of food. Drink peppermint tea two to three times in a day in such condition.
- In any case do not try to curb the urge to pass stool when you diarrhea. Holding an urge for long time can produce cramps in the abdomen. This will worsen the already nervous stomach.
- In case of diarrhea and vomiting try to replenish the fluid loss by drinking lemon water and other electrolyte drinks.
- Eat a balanced diet, eat frequently but small meals. Do not eat spicy and oily food.
All the above methods help when the nervous stomach symptoms have set in, however the best way is to prevent it from occurring it in the first place. This you can do when you keep anxiety and fear at a distance.