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Dealing with Stress and the Stomach


When I am super stressed or anxious one of the first symptoms I experience is digestive issues. It seems to be one of the ways that my body physically manifests the emotional stress of anything from a job interview to an argument to receiving really bad news.

I have had this post in the “to write” list for over a year because I have a feeling that I’m not alone in this. I was getting my hair done last summer and flipping through Real Simple magazine. There was an article about the digestive system that called it your body’s “second brain.” I was nodding my head in agreement the whole time I read it because my stomach definitely feels like a second brain sometimes! I did a little more reading on the digestive system and our emotions and was blown away to learn that over 90% of the serotonin found in our body is produced by the gut? I’m sure most of you, like me, associate serotonin as a happy hormone that regulates mood, sex drive, sleep patterns, etc. but it also plays a huge part in the regulation of intestinal functions. So it totally makes sense that when you get stressed and anxious, things can get a little out of whack.

I wanted to share some of the ways that I manage my “stress and the stomach” issues and got the push I needed to finally write this post when I was recently approved to write a sponsored post for Primadophilus Probiotic Pearls.

Strategies for dealing with stress and the stomach.


1. A Tough Workout

Sometimes the last thing I want to do when I’m in the midst of emotional upheaval and stress is exercise but I usually find that when I do muster up the energy to do it I feel about a million times better. A long run or a high intensity workout not only helps to get my body moving and blood circulating but also gives me a mental break from whatever I’m dealing and allows me to let go.


2. Yoga

My yoga practice is one of the things that can put me back together when I feel broken in pieces. There is so much power behind linking breath with movement and the energy it creates in the body. It has the ability to ground me like nothing else can. I know I can go to my mat with the weight of the world and feel it drop off with every inhale and exhale.


3. Opening Up

I’ve talked at length about how I’m pretty bad at opening up, asking for help and talking when I’m struggling but when I do it I feel less alone and more at ease. I don’t think I’ve ever had a friend say no when I’ve asked for a coffee, wine or walk date to talk.


4. Keeping Food Simple

When my digestive system is going crazy due to emotional stress, it feels physically impossible for me to eat and digest food. (I am definitely the opposite of an emotional eater.) I turn to easy to stomach, comforting foods like soup, peanut butter, banana and honey sandwiches and smoothies. 



5. Probiotics

Next on my list for keeping a calm tummy is adding probiotics to my daily routine. My pharmacist keeps encouraging me to add a probiotic because they release live probiotics (which are the “good” bacteria into your intestine to support digestive and immune health. I like these Probiotic Pearls because they do not have to be refrigerated. I am always on the go and don’t have a good track record for keeping up with supplements that require refrigeration because I do better when I keep something in my purse. I have been so lucky that I haven’t experienced problems with digestion outside of the stress issues that I talk about in this post. I want to keep it that way and adding a probiotic seems like a great way to help the longevity and ideal functioning of my digestive system.

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  • Jessica October 14, 2013, 1:39 pm

    My stomach tends to be a daily topic. Ever since I started running heavily again, my stomach has been very picky. I believe it is all the jostling around.

    That being said, my strategies include a probiotic and drinking a full glass of water upon rising. Also I keep a mental list of foods my stomach can and cannot handle. One trick I use in times of need is 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water!

  • meredith October 14, 2013, 1:47 pm

    Sometimes a good run can make my stomach feel a lot better. I’ve found the same to be true for headaches too!

  • Taylor October 14, 2013, 1:50 pm

    I take a probiotic and drink water consistently! Taking a probiotic has done wonders for me!!

  • Katie Meier October 14, 2013, 1:53 pm

    Like you, exercise is a big source of stress release. Working in collegiate athletics, stress is a constant and I definitely feel the effects in my digestive system.

  • Amanda Furuseth October 14, 2013, 2:02 pm

    Thank you for the giveaway! I try to drink as much water as possible, exercise, and taking a probiotic.

  • Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine October 14, 2013, 2:02 pm

    thank you SO much for this post! I get stressed all of the time! First thing I notice is that my stomach is aching. To de-stress, I like to drink tea and have some dark chocolate and to light candles and stretch. It is wonderful. πŸ™‚

  • tara October 14, 2013, 2:03 pm

    I wish i was the opposite of an emotional eater : )~
    I was diagnosed w Celiac over year and a half ago. Oddly i didnt have a lot of stomach issues before diagnosis that were really that bad; however when i cut out gluten i fet a lot better. then i was asked to go back on gluten to get another test and i totally couldn’t do it. i was so sick, mental fog, bloating, etc it was bad so I’ve been GF ever since (sigh!). One thing i have been dealing with lately though is that i started to try low grain / paleo dieting (though i do still eat cheese). I felt really good and lost some weight on the low grains ( i still ate/eat many veggies and make my own bread with almond flour – so i still eat some carbs). But what i’ve noticed is that i don’t have the same energy level during my workouts. In general, my energy is decent (and who doesn’t feel better when they are losing weight!) but i don’t feel like i have the sustainable energy in my workouts. I’m good in the beginning but i totally gas at the end. For ex. just did a 5k on saturday and turned in a horrible time. felt bad, had no finish in me, etc. someone was talking to me about eating more carbs and how you must have those for energy but it seems odd….what is working for me to lose weight and overall feel good/cut sugar cravings/etc isn’t working for me for workouts ? I know its a bit off topic, but still relates to the stomach issues. Its such a hard balance to find what works for you in all areas. I’m not sure i will ever have it all the way figured out ! But yes, stress and the gut seem soooo related !

  • tiffany October 14, 2013, 2:04 pm

    i use exercise as a stress release, even if it’s just elliptical-ing at the gym. and usually i’m stressed about school, so i need something to snack on while frantically studying…it tends to be things like dry, crunchy cereal.

  • Alyssa October 14, 2013, 2:06 pm

    My digestive issues have taken control of my life before. I have visited doctors and have done plenty of research on various ways to call my stomach. The first thing I have done was change my diet to the FODMAP diet which eliminates dairy, wheat, and legumes amongst other things. This was an extremely drastic change but has helped tremendously. Additionally, I find that workouts almost always help my upset stomach, especially yoga. I have tried probiotics and they seem to help as well. I wouldn’t say that I have completely cured my digestive issues but I have learned a variety of methods to manage them.

  • Ashley October 14, 2013, 2:08 pm

    Running is definitely my cure-all- unfortunately right now I’m 6 days away from my first marathon (and in the midst of my taper) and I’m stressed beyond belief (which is definitely affecting my digestive system) and can’t run to deal with it! I’ll be paying close attention to the comments here to get some good ideas!

    • meaghan October 14, 2013, 2:20 pm

      Ashley, are you doing the San Francisco??! It’s my first too. SAME BOAT. Ahh

  • Kelsey October 14, 2013, 2:10 pm

    I take a probiotic daily and it has really helped my digestive system. I also take digestive enzymes occasionally if I am having issues and they are another great supplement. Clean eating is critical as well; the better I’m eating the better I’ll feel, and the better I feel the more equipped I am to handle stress well. Working out is also my release and therapy for stressful times, along with having quiet time to read or take a bubble bath.

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  • Allison October 14, 2013, 2:11 pm

    Exercise, sleep and lots of time looking at pictures of cute baby animals!

  • kelly October 14, 2013, 2:13 pm

    Definitely running! Something about it is just so calming. I also really like swimming laps when I need a low-impact day. It really helps me clear my head.

  • Maryz October 14, 2013, 2:13 pm

    I have to hit the gym or go for a run to calm the stress. My stomach is a mess when I’m under a lot of stress!

  • Ali W October 14, 2013, 2:13 pm

    I try to excercise regularly because it definitely helps my body feeling regular in basically all areas. I have some pretty bad digestive issues so I have to eliminate wheat, dairy, and a lot of vegetated and stay away from my two favorites: spicy food and caffeine. I’ve been considering adding a probiotic for sometime now to see how that could help.

  • Rajul Parekh October 14, 2013, 2:25 pm

    I have long struggled with this issue of stress-related stomach aches. No over-the-counter medication seems to help. There was a time when taking an acid blocker helped but I don’t want to be on one every day for the rest of my life Because there are long-term consequences possible. I even had a full gastrointestinal workup done which was normal. The key for me has been limiting irritating foods (high fat, processed, and fried) and staying physically active. Hot yoga and probiotics have been practically a cure! Thank you so much for bringing this topic to light.

  • kelly October 14, 2013, 2:31 pm

    I have dealt with some serious stomach issues and more often then not cardio or yoga help along with hot tea. As for yoga rocking Bow Pose helps to set my stomach straight.

  • Mary October 14, 2013, 2:39 pm

    I have added a probiotic to my daily vitamin intake that has helped my stomach/digestion a lot! I have also cut out dairy and gluten. In terms of dealing with dress, yoga and journaling always help me. This is a great post. Thanks, Jen!

    • Mary October 14, 2013, 2:51 pm

      oops, typo: in terms of dealing with *stress (not dress)

  • Beth October 14, 2013, 2:39 pm

    I deal with stress by taking my dog for a long run, coming home for a hot shower or bath, and sitting by the fire with a glass of wine. If that doesn’t work, I just try to put things In Perspective-is what I’m stressing about really that important!? Since having a baby I find I stress very little. Family and friends, that’s what’s important. All the little things don’t matter

    • tara October 17, 2013, 1:17 pm

      you are so right….that age old question to ask yourself….will it matter at all in 10 days, 10 months, 10 years….

  • lauren October 14, 2013, 2:42 pm

    I maintain daily exercise – runs or weight training, spend quality time with my two pups (and husband), and always shower before bed. It helps me to unwind for the evening, decompress, and relax as soon as i lay down.

  • Mary October 14, 2013, 2:44 pm

    I use many of the tactics you describe above – exercise, clean eating and talking to friends to keep my gut healthy!!

  • Keri October 14, 2013, 2:45 pm

    Working out and proper hydration definitely makes a huge difference for me!

  • Erin October 14, 2013, 3:02 pm

    exercise and trying to eat normal!

  • alaina October 14, 2013, 3:05 pm

    Yoga! I find that a good practice focused on deep twists really helps with digestion. I also eat a lot of fruit! Have been considering adding a probiotic for some time now!

  • Becca October 14, 2013, 3:19 pm

    I take a raw probiotic every morning with a huge glass of water!
    I also lean on yoga and lots of water and lemon throughout my day
    to help me out!

  • Vangie October 14, 2013, 3:23 pm

    When I’m stressed or not feeling 100%, running defiantly helps me refocus. When my tummy is acting crazy, Kombucha really soothes it and talking to my mom always makes me feel better too:)

  • Vangie October 14, 2013, 3:27 pm

    To keep a healthy digestive system I drink lots of water.

  • Nicole October 14, 2013, 3:27 pm

    Prayer, exercise, time with friends…or a combo of all three!;>

  • Paige Montgomery October 14, 2013, 3:29 pm

    I have been eating a Gluten Free Diet for 5 months now and my stomach issues have cleared up! I also find that by regularly practicing yoga and running is a great way to deal with stress that can be associated with my stomache issues!

  • She Rocks Fitness October 14, 2013, 3:31 pm

    So crazy that you posted this, because I have been talking about this with clients and friends lately and how our bodies react to stress. Mine lately seems to be bloating in my tummy and it’s so frustrating. Like you, I actually do ALL of the above to help with stress. I think YOGA is my favorite though hands down. πŸ™‚

  • Kim October 14, 2013, 3:31 pm

    Definitely an advocate for a daily probiotic! I got extremely sick after taking an antibiotic for a sinus infection while pregnant. It was a horrible experience that I never want to have to suffer through again.

  • Ashley N. October 14, 2013, 4:13 pm

    I feel as if I am in the middle of the stomach/stress issue! Mine definitely comes to terms with a lack of focus on diet and exercise. I’ve been adding kombucha in to see if the addition will help as well.

  • Jamie October 14, 2013, 4:19 pm

    i make sure to get adequate sleep!! i start a nighttime routine with herbal well rested tea, warm shower and really unwind from the day to get a good nights sleep!

  • Amy October 14, 2013, 4:22 pm

    I have the same stomach. I also deal by exercise and yoga. I currently have probiotics that need refrigeration and I would say I probably only remember to take them twice a week instead of every day like I am supposed to. I also sometimes drink kefir first thing in the morning and/or a green juice.

  • Courtney October 14, 2013, 5:01 pm

    Water and antacids

  • Leah October 14, 2013, 5:04 pm

    A clean diet, exercise, and SLEEP. I think sleep is the most critical for me as I make better food decisions when well-rested.

  • Megan October 14, 2013, 5:09 pm

    Drinking lots of water definitely helps me, and I also have a GI doctor that I love πŸ™‚

  • Bethany I. October 14, 2013, 5:22 pm

    I try to eat foods that are fermented such as kimchi and kombucha. I also try to do yoga regularly and focus on poses that will aid digestion and stress.

  • Liz October 14, 2013, 5:44 pm

    This year in college I have started having stomach issues due to stress. First of all I change what I am eating, and tend to eat mostly soup and toast. More than that though to make the problems disappear I need to get rid of my stress. Exercise is the main way I do this. In particular, long runs, tough strength sessions and spinning classes with many hills and sprints. This usually helps at least in the short term.

  • Pam October 14, 2013, 5:50 pm

    To deal with the stress I sometimes encounter, I go to my mat. Yoga is the best release for me. I also love a long walk alone in the sunshine. Curling up with a hot cup of Yogi Calm tea and a good book also helps.

  • Megan October 14, 2013, 5:57 pm

    Running and drinking lots of water definitely help my stomach.

  • Bailey October 14, 2013, 5:58 pm

    When faced with stress related stomach/digestive issues, I always opt for a hot green tea and a yoga class! Slowing down and focusing inward is usually just the cure I need!

  • Therese October 14, 2013, 6:05 pm

    Probiotics and accupuncture are my go-tos for stress + stomach issues!

  • Greg October 14, 2013, 6:05 pm

    I find that scotch helps. πŸ˜‰

  • Amanda Bee October 14, 2013, 6:34 pm

    Depends on the kind of stress! If I’m just worn out, I’ll drink some warm tea and try to relax for a bit. But if it’s anxiety-based, I’ll often talk it out with a friend or go for a fast run to burn it off.

  • Natalie October 14, 2013, 6:44 pm

    I like to exercise and drink a lot of water to reduce stress.

  • Brittany @ proteinandpumps October 14, 2013, 6:55 pm

    I’ve been having serious GI problems but don’t think there is a stress correlation in my case. I do take a probiotic daily and try to eat it probiotics baturay as well. I also use benefiber in my morning coffee.

  • Lauren October 14, 2013, 7:04 pm

    I too have had my fair share of stomach issues. I try to eat “real” food to regulate it. To relieve stress, working out and yoga keeps my mind and body in balance.

  • Julie October 14, 2013, 7:14 pm

    My stomach definitely plays a role when I am stressed or upset! A good gym workout, lots of water, and simple food is the best way for me to feel better! I will try your probiotic suggestions, I found them hard to take due to the refrigeration aspect! Thanks for another great post!!

  • Lisa @ runningoutofwine October 14, 2013, 7:46 pm

    I find then when I am stressed I tend to not eat as well, which only makes any stomach issues worse. Once I clean up my diet I usually feel much better. On the other hand (depending on the source of my stress) sometimes I really helps to just indulge a little with a few glasses of wine and some chocolate!

  • Annie @ herightfit.com October 14, 2013, 8:03 pm

    My stomach is the first thing to go when I’m “off.” I also add probiotics to my diet usually through greek yogurt or Kombucha. Maybe I’ll try these pearls. That seems like an easy way to get some more of the good stuff in my gut!

  • Patti October 14, 2013, 8:06 pm

    Running is my go-to stress reliever. Actually anytime I can get outside, even if it’s just to take a walk or chill on the patio, I feel better. For my tummy I know that when things aren’t going the way I want them to, I need to increase my fluids and get moving.

  • Leah October 14, 2013, 9:00 pm

    Winding down after a long day with a big mug of Camomile Tea with lavender, lighting a candle, turning on smoothing music, taking a few deep breaths, pulling out my journal to free write. This helps ease some of the somatic symptoms I feel when I’m stressed, and reminds me that slowing down and tuning in is so important to self-care.

  • lindsay October 14, 2013, 9:27 pm

    oh girl, yes. I have had lots of stomach issues in the past due to a parasite and learning to take care of my stress and gut is key! probiotics, yoga, being open… AMEN!

  • Anna October 14, 2013, 9:42 pm

    I try to stick to regular exercise and simple meals when things start to get crazy. Okay and sometimes a froyo or two sneaks in there πŸ™‚

  • Kaila @healthyhelperblog! October 14, 2013, 10:37 pm

    I love using digestive enzymes for digestive problems! They work wonders!

  • Jordan October 14, 2013, 10:56 pm

    When my roommate and I have had a really tough week at school (aka-midterms), we like to de-stress by laying on the couch with a bowl of stove-top popped popcorn between us and a couple of warm chai lattΓ©s in hand. We pick a classic movie to watch, usually along the lines of Pride & Prejudice or Love Actually and we just lay there and eat and laugh and usually fall asleep by the end. It’s the perfect way to de-stress, especially in these upcoming cold winter months…who wants to be outside when it’s freezing?! We’ll stay on the couch, thank you very much.

  • Kim October 14, 2013, 11:14 pm

    I definitely agree that simple healthy eating and regular exercise keeps my second brain happy. I often find when I’m traveling for work and I’m constantly on the go, my digestive system likes to relieve itself as soon as I get home. Maybe it’s just not a fan of hotel bathrooms. Ick!

  • Kim October 14, 2013, 11:17 pm
  • Julia October 14, 2013, 11:22 pm

    I don’t use probiotics, but I probably should. My main source of stomach distress is acid reflux and burning. Drinking lots of water, taking tums and zantac, and watching my diet are key. But managing stress can be even more important. I try to do deep breathing, yoga, and take walks to calm down. High intensity exercise works sometimes, but my body also needs adequate time to chill out afterwards.

  • Tarah October 14, 2013, 11:31 pm

    I love to cuddle up with my pup and turn off the electronics for a little bit. Maybe have a glass of wine and read a magazine, self-care is much needed! Along with some peanut butter and dark chocolate. πŸ™‚

  • Tracy October 15, 2013, 12:40 am

    Mine seem to be related to travel – the entire time I am on a trip, business or pleasure, I experience stomach issues. I have learned to eat leafy greens (salad, spinach, etc.) and it seems to help. I did take probiotics a couple of years ago when I had a case of diverticulitis, and I really need to start that again – will try your recommendations!

  • Megan (The Lyons' Share) October 15, 2013, 12:52 am

    Ugh, sadly, I completely relate. My stomach is a mess when I’m stressed! I find that carbonated water usually helps, as well as a good workout (even if, like you said, I don’t always feel like it). I am the stress eater, unlike you, which often makes the situation WORSE, so I try to just recognize how I’m feeling instead of continuing to eat.

  • Sorayya October 15, 2013, 3:52 am

    I learned about this seratonin stat when I was going through gallbladder issues (and had to have it removed 8 weeks ago…and I’m only 25!). My naturopath really encouraged probiotics, bitters, and tinctures that promote healthy digestion. You should look into adding some bitters to your diet. You can make yummy “elixers” that feel like magic potions too!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope October 15, 2013, 4:25 am

    Since I was 5 years old I’ve had IBS and other digestive issues. Stress absolutely makes it worse… I’ve found that any major change in mood (nervousness, anxiety, excitement) can bring on stomach issues for me, but stress always brings on the long-lasting problems. I’ve outgrown the worst of it luckily, but eating very healthy, simple foods was key for me as well as daily exercise and yoga. I take digestive enzymes that really seem to help since my Gastroenterologist told me that between daily yogurt and kombucha I was likely getting enough probiotics. It’s honestly just something I’ve learned to live with, and after years of doctors and medical tests in grade school, I know for sure what it is and have medication to ease the issues when an episode occurs.

  • ashley @chasing-life.net October 15, 2013, 6:28 am

    Running is definitely the biggest part in how I combat stress and my digestive system. If I just cant seem to find the silver lining of the day a good run always helps me find it. The best is when I am able to follow it up with a soulful yoga practice that evening or next morning. Both help me feel alive, grounded and healthy!
    I do love probiotics and haven’t tried the pearls yet… cant wait to do so!!

  • Tracy October 15, 2013, 7:51 am

    I agree that a tough work out is a great cure all, even when it seems like the last thing you would want to do. I have had stomach issues since is was 11 and just recently realized that regular exercise helps me the most.

  • Britt October 15, 2013, 8:01 am

    I have always had stomach issues. It’s not always easy to do when life gets crazy, but the best thing for my digestive system is to try and work out regularly, eat a lot of produce, drink a lot of water and stay away from fried or really rich foods. I’ve dabbled with the idea of a probiotic, but I”m not too great at keeping up with taking supplements either.

  • Kristina Harper October 15, 2013, 8:49 am

    For me exercise is definitely my stress reliever. My stomach/digestion does not seem to respond to stress so much, but it is a source of stress =). It is stressful mostly for constipation issues and how this plays out with trying to run!!!! I try to eat lots of fruits and veggies, but I am terrible at drinking water. Thanks for the great post!

  • Sarah October 15, 2013, 9:29 am

    My de-stress list is very similar to yours! Exercise is my biggest reliever!

  • Deidra M October 15, 2013, 9:53 am

    Hi Jen! Great post. I try to keep up with Probiotics (just started the Pearls, they’re much easier than yogurt), Kombucha, and the greenest salads possible.

  • Shanna October 15, 2013, 10:18 am

    Lots of water, yoga, long walks, and herbal tea help me with my stress stomach!

  • Sarah October 15, 2013, 10:21 am

    I’ve never heard of the pearls, I definitely need to try this! My stomach seems to always be on and off, my friends joke that I’m always sick. Recently my stomach had been upset for two weeks (I just got promoted at work so probably linked to stress) and I finally broke down and went to an intense spin class and felt SO much better after. Yoga helps too, it’s the only thing I do where I feel like I completely shut my mind off and focus.

  • ali October 15, 2013, 10:59 am

    my “gut” definitely reacts to stress…. i drink a mug of warm water and acv first thing to start my day off right. running and yoga are also really important for helping me keeping stress at bay…….

  • Julie October 15, 2013, 11:48 am

    Reducing all artificial sweeteners including gum and lots of yoga twists!!

  • Hannah October 15, 2013, 12:04 pm

    I have had so many problems with my stomach- exercise helps and tea; i try not to stress but…

  • Mary-Catherine McClain October 15, 2013, 12:28 pm

    Running and kickboxing really help when I’m feeling stressed or anxious. When I’m really worked up, I love going to the water and just getting away from reality for a bit. During the winter, bubble and Epsom salt baths work wonders too. There was a time in graduate school where my digestive system was so out of whack that I took probiotics for about a year and it really helped. Now, I try to eat foods that include probiotics, like yogurt.

    Great post!!!

  • Ally October 15, 2013, 12:39 pm

    It’s so interesting how our mind and body are so connected? Besides yoga and running for me, keeping myself well hydrated and eating lots of plants makes my tummy feel best. I also like to keep probiotic-rich foods incorporated as small sides for meals, like fermented veggies or warm miso. I’ve found bone broth also helps me a lot. Once I stopped eating gluten almost all of my digestive troubles I’ve had went away, too (and my headaches, migraines, and skin rashes).

  • Nicole October 15, 2013, 1:15 pm

    Too much food or too much variety is the most common reason I have stomach issues. After a few days of simplifying, I’m generally back to normal.

  • Alisa October 15, 2013, 1:32 pm

    In college, I had pretty bad bouts of IBS (especially during exams). Eventually my doctor prescribed bentyl (sp?), which helps your intestines relax so you don’t eat and then immediately feel awful and have to rush to the bathroom. That made enough of a difference so that I could eventually get back to feeling like my regular (pun-intended), healthy self. I now take it only when I’m having issues, right before I eat.

    I tried probiotics but they made me super gassy, so that was a no-go for me. I try to eat pretty healthfully normally, but when I do have a flare up, I try to listen to my body and make sure to stay hydrated (since IBS can really dehydrate you).

  • Brindi October 15, 2013, 3:11 pm

    Yoga, yoga, yoga!!!!! Mostly, by the end of the day I’m unfortunately bloated. I try to watch my dairy intake as well.

  • Joanna October 15, 2013, 3:59 pm

    My stomach also feels awful when I’m stressed and I completely lose the desire to eat. Luckily, it doesn’t happen too often! I’ve never had real stomach issues although I was getting horrible gas when I ate a lot of vegetables. I started taking probiotics and my gas issues have totally disappeared. It’s pretty miraculous!

  • Julie October 15, 2013, 4:37 pm

    Exercise & yoga are my cure-alls!

  • Maggie October 15, 2013, 9:09 pm

    I like to sweat out the stress – either on my yoga mat or in a fun group fitness class surrounded by my friends!

  • amber October 15, 2013, 10:08 pm

    I drink Kefir in the morning, it gives me protein as well as “good bugs” for my stomach

  • Laura T. October 15, 2013, 10:58 pm

    i deal with stress by taking a walk around the lake while listening to my favorite podcasts. its so nice and refreshing to get some cool air & some exercise!

  • Becca October 16, 2013, 2:27 am

    Taking a walk after meals really helps me!

  • Shannon October 16, 2013, 1:25 pm

    A long run definitely helps me detach and feel released when stress gets too much. Then I find it easier to talk through what was stressing me out to begin with. I also believe in deep breathing as a counter to stress. Sometimes if a work day gets particularly overwhelming, closing my door, closing my eyes and just BREATHING can make all the difference.

  • Tina October 16, 2013, 3:31 pm

    Yoga is the best!

  • Emily October 16, 2013, 3:44 pm

    I really don’t have a sensitive stomach. While thats good overall, it means that I can eat a LOT of sweets when I am feeling down without getting an upset stomach…

  • Maggie J October 16, 2013, 5:49 pm

    I try to remember to drink a little kombucha everyday, but I often forget. I can definitely tell the difference on the days that I have it and the days that I do not!

  • heidi October 16, 2013, 11:52 pm

    Here are some of my faves for combatting this issue….
    Lots of water & tea!
    Yoga πŸ™‚
    Probiotic (although mine are the refrigerated kind, I like the idea about stashing them in your purse)
    Eating clean….for the most part.

  • Stephanie October 17, 2013, 9:45 pm

    I take a daily probiotic. I also find that a long walk outside and a mug of hot herbal tea do wonders for helping me deal with stress and my stomach issues.

  • Danielle October 17, 2013, 11:59 pm

    I’m always amazed by the power of a great, sweaty yoga session! I often feel like it’s a reset button – I can leave with a fresh, new, and healthy perspective on issues that are bugging me!

  • rachel October 18, 2013, 4:33 pm

    I drink mostly water. It’s so good for you!

  • Rebecca Graham October 19, 2013, 4:37 am

    Exercise and a good nights sleep help with stress.

  • Katie M October 19, 2013, 11:07 am

    I maintain healthy digestion by eating lots of fiber, drinking lots of water, and running. I also try to eat yogurt daily.

  • Katie M October 19, 2013, 11:11 am
  • Amy October 19, 2013, 12:45 pm

    well, since I work nights, my stomach never knows what to do! However, I find that when I eat enough veggies, and especially when I run regularly, it makes a huge difference in my digestion (and my anxiety!)

  • Kerry October 19, 2013, 9:21 pm

    I try to limit my caffeine intake and drink plenty of water along with a some-what healthy diet:)

  • Kerry October 19, 2013, 9:34 pm
  • Melinda October 20, 2013, 1:42 pm

    I enjoy V8 fruit juices, so even if life’s crazy I still get my fruits and veggies

  • Melinda October 20, 2013, 1:47 pm
  • Sean October 20, 2013, 1:48 pm

    Vitamins and plenty of water

  • Michael October 20, 2013, 1:50 pm

    I take fiber capsules daily

  • Nikki October 20, 2013, 11:28 pm

    I have Crohn’s disease, a disease in which the symptoms are very closely connected to my levels of stress. I find that hot yoga (especially in the morning), long walks, talks with friends over tea or while exercising, and taking a few deep breaths every hour help keep me calm. I have recently started taking a probiotic under the watch of my doctor and it has helped immensely. It is nice not to rely wholly on medication for symptom management! And a little wine never hurts either πŸ˜‰
    Love from Canada!

  • Sarah @ passionandlaughter October 21, 2013, 11:52 am

    I stay active through exercise and yoga to manage my digestion. It works most of the time, but sometimes it doesn’t. It really just depends on how much I am internalizing of the stress for how successful I am at managing it.

  • Trisha October 21, 2013, 6:13 pm

    I’d say a good workout is my number one go to for stress. Second would be sleep πŸ™‚

  • Harmony B October 23, 2013, 5:43 am

    I try to eat lots of fruits,veggies & water when im on the go.

  • Harmony B October 23, 2013, 5:44 am
  • tina m October 24, 2013, 10:51 pm

    i try to eat lots of veggies and fruits everyday

  • tina m October 24, 2013, 10:52 pm
  • Norma October 25, 2013, 3:13 am

    High fiber cereal and plenty of fresh fruits and veggies.

  • LAMusing October 25, 2013, 3:15 am

    I eat yogurt with active cultures 3 or 4 time a week.

  • Nicole Larsen October 26, 2013, 10:49 am

    I drink TONS of water and when I eat turkey/chicken sandwiches for lunch I use double fiber bread!

  • Nicole Larsen October 26, 2013, 11:12 am
  • Erica Best October 26, 2013, 2:43 pm

    i love eating alot of fiber it help alot

  • Erica Best October 26, 2013, 2:44 pm
  • Debbie B October 26, 2013, 11:50 pm

    eating lots of fruit and vegetables helps a lot !

  • Debbie B October 26, 2013, 11:54 pm
  • Anna Pry October 30, 2013, 12:46 pm

    sometimes i have to lay off the coffee and go to green tea instead, also green smoothies help

  • steph October 30, 2013, 9:23 pm

    i track my water intake with an app!

  • steph October 30, 2013, 9:24 pm
  • Shannon October 31, 2013, 9:16 am

    I brew kombucha at home! It’s always available.

  • One Frugal Girl October 31, 2013, 2:41 pm
  • One Frugal Girl October 31, 2013, 2:43 pm

    I pack a ton of snacks so I won’t get tempted to eat fast food, which never does my stomach any favors!

  • Amy Tong October 31, 2013, 3:18 pm

    I love your recommendation. gotta give that a try. I now only cook whole grain pasta instead of regular to add more fiber in my diet as a way to create healthy digestive habit.
    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  • Amy Tong October 31, 2013, 3:19 pm
  • Whitney October 31, 2013, 11:24 pm

    I drink lots of water

  • Whitney October 31, 2013, 11:24 pm
  • Dee November 3, 2013, 7:45 pm

    I add in some flax seed to my cereal, snack on yogurt in the afternoon, and eat fruits high in fiber such as fiber. πŸ™‚

  • Dee November 3, 2013, 7:56 pm
  • Betty C November 14, 2013, 1:52 am

    I rarely had stomach problems in the past. Pretty healthy diet, lots of fresh fruit, veggies and water, but in the last couple of years I’ve developed acid reflux. I believe it’s mostly related to stress so I’ve tried to identify the things that seem to accelerate it. Now to try to find a way to de-stress at work!

  • Betty C November 14, 2013, 2:15 am
  • Rosey Rebecca November 15, 2013, 2:32 pm

    I actually just wrote a post about my anxiety problems and things to do to calm down when I’m feeling anxious!

    When my stomach is feeling uneasy because of stress, I drink tea or seltzer. I also think yoga is the greatest cure all of all time!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Mindy November 15, 2013, 2:37 pm

    A sweaty WOD tends to help me deal with stress by allowing me to focus on the job that needs to be done then instead of the emotional burdens I may be dealing with.

  • Rosey Rebecca November 15, 2013, 2:39 pm
  • Amanda Sakovitz November 15, 2013, 3:02 pm

    I drink a lot of water and eat a lot of grains

  • Amanda Sakovitz November 15, 2013, 3:03 pm
  • Thomas Murphy November 15, 2013, 4:54 pm

    I do yoga and eat healthy.

  • Thomas Murphy November 15, 2013, 4:57 pm
  • Meghan November 15, 2013, 5:49 pm

    Lots and lots of water!

  • Danielle Diede November 15, 2013, 6:22 pm

    My stomach is a topic I deal with day to day. I do take a probiotic most days, well I try to when I think of it, kinda need to work on that! But I get stressed easily and get upset stomachs even more easy, so I usually try to run to soothe mine. It is the only thing that usually sounds even somewhat appealing and always helps me to feel better. That and apple cider vinegar mixed with honey and hot water!

  • Elena November 15, 2013, 8:52 pm

    I eat lots of fruits and veggies daily

  • Elena November 15, 2013, 8:54 pm
  • Sarah November 16, 2013, 11:06 am

    Jog or yoga. A hot bath, lots of water, and a good nights sleep works well too.

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