Many days, your stomach is just off
Your stomach’s saying: Try a probiotic supplement. It’s safe, easy to take, and can help alleviate a number of GI complaints, says Dr Meyer. If you’re not having any alarm, it’s fine to try a probiotic for a month to see if it saves you a trip to the doctor, he says. There are tons of probiotic supplements out there and most doctors have a list of those that have worked for their patients. Ask yours for a recommendation. Here are 10 ways to make vitamins and minerals work better for you.
Sometimes your belly is fine, other times it’s out of whack
Your stomach’s saying: Log your symptoms. Keep a strict diary with everything that goes into your mouth, recommends Dr Meyer. Make a column on the left for food/drink and one on the right for your symptoms. Make a note of good and bad days. This isn’t to take to your doctor, but gives you good information on how to manage your symptoms. When you have a good day, you can go back and look at what you ate. It can also help you pinpoint patterns – and foods you’re better off avoiding. It will also help you avoid self-diagnosing yourself with a food tolerance incorrectly. Here are 13 conditions you think you have – but probably don’t.
Your stomach is feeling worse and worse
Your stomach’s saying: Make that doctor’s appointment. There are some alarm symptoms – and this is one of them. “It doesn’t mean something terrible is going on with you, but it is a reason to see your doctor,” says Dr Meyer. Other red flag symptoms include pain that’s becoming more intense and severe, unexpected weight loss, and blood in your stool. “If symptoms are chronic and bugging the heck out of you, see your general practitioner,” he says.
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