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6 Tips for Dealing with Indigestion at Work

Indigestion is never fun, but when you’re feeling bloated and gassy at work, it just makes the feeling 10 times more uncomfortable. If you’re like me, when you’re experiencing indigestion at work, it’s the only thing that’s on your mind, as you wonder if your co-workers can hear your gurgling gut or whether you will be able to hold that pent up gas that wants to escape so badly.

When I’m feeling gassy, bloated or know I’m going to have to make multiple trips to the bathroom at work, I make sure I’m equipped with all the essentials to help ease my symptoms (and any potential embarrassment).

HERE ARE MY TOP SIX ESSENTIALS I ALWAYS KEEP ON HAND AT WORK:

HEATING PACK

Heat helps to relieve gas pains by relaxing the gut muscles. I keep a microwavable heating pack at my desk, but you could also reach for a hot water bottle as well.

GINGER

Ginger tea or ginger chews are a great remedy for digestive upset. Whether you’re bloated, gassy, or nauseous, the active compounds in ginger help to soothe digestive pain, relieve gas and reduce nausea and diarrhea.

H20

If you’re feeling really bloated, the last thing you want to do is chug water. But, drinking water actually helps any water retention your belly might be holding. It also helps to get things moving, and, in the case that things are moving a little too fast (diarrhea) water is key to ensure adequate hydration.

TOILET DROPS

Pooping, let alone diarrhea, in a public bathroom isn’t like pooping in the privacy of your own bathroom. That’s why I always carry toilet drops with me to reduce any lingering, embarrassing stink. They’re super easy to make, check out this DIY here.

ESSENTIAL OILS

Eater’s Digest by Saje is one of my favourites. It’s a digestion easing essential oil remedy packed with peppermint, chamomile and fennel (all considered “carminatives” which means they help to break up gas). With a little roll on the stomach, you can instantly feel it’s healing effects as it offers a soothing heat sensation. I love it when I’m feeling bloated or if I’m experiencing any pain.

TEA

A warm tea is always so healing, and when you’re experiencing indigestion, peppermint or liquorice tea are key. Both peppermint and liquorice have antispasmodic properties that can sooth cramping, nausea and bloating. If you don’t have any tea on hand, a cup of hot water with lemon is a simple alternative.

A reminder that what works for one person (like myself) may not work for someone else. All opinions and experiences are my own, and if you are experiencing any symptoms that don’t feel normal for you, make sure to book an appointment with your healthcare provider!

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Megan Marsiglio is a multi-passionate entrepreneur and lifestyle blogger based in Toronto. She is the Founder/Owner of Bloomm Agency - a marketing and communications business; writes a blog called The Omm Life, which focuses on mindful living; and is the Founder and Editor of The Gut Gazette - a digestive health platform. The Gut Gazette is aimed at removing the stigma associated with digestive health issues and providing education about gut health. Megan's interest in gut health developed after she was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2008. She is an active member of the digestive health community and hopes to further inspire self-advocacy and awareness about gut health on Well Daily.

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