For some it is the most sensitive part of the body, the one most subject to stress and nervous disorders and swelling. The “belly”, the area that lies between the stomach and the upper abdomen, is often the place where people concentrate and feel tensions and discomfort when they are stressed, worried or sad. Together with Dr. Beatrice Salvioli, gastroenterologist at Humanitas, we talked about how to alleviate the symptoms associated with the somatization of stress.
Relaxing natural remedies for belly pain
Drinking a glass of water at room temperature, every hour, can be of great help to those who add stress to the abdominal area. To enhance the relaxing effect it is also possible to consume natural herbal teas such as chamomile, lemon balm and linden. Well-being, as Salvioli explained, must start in the morning: “You can start as soon as you wake up with a light belly massage and a glass of warm water with lemon – said the specialist: this remedy relaxes the walls of the intestine and allows our body, stomach and intestine to “welcome” breakfast better.
No to raw vegetables, yes to slow chewing
In the most critical and stressful moments, when you feel the tension and swelling of the belly, you must pay attention to the meals: “At lunch it is better to avoid raw fibers, such as salads, because they are more difficult to digest, at that point better have a sandwich or pasta,” explained Salvioli, remembering that in any situation it is always good “to chew slowly and do not look at computers or mobile phones during meals”.