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The Nervous Stomach Type


You tend to stress out easily and feel anxious and/or irritable.  You are also prone to irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, and other digestive disorders triggered or worsened by stress.  ​

Possible Symptoms:

  • constipation or diarrhea

  • alternating diarrhea & constipation

  • gas

  • bloating

  • abdominal pain


  • Eating while stressed

  • Eating in a hurry

  • Holding in your emotions

Helpful Tips:

  • Eat your meals in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

  • Avoid eating while stressed or angry.

  • Don't eat while you are working, driving, or when in a hurry.

  • Manage stress and emotions by getting acupuncture regularly.

Best foods to eat:
  • Meat: chicken, beef, lamb, liver, turkey, venison

  • Seafood: anchovies, crayfish, halibut, mackerel, prawns, tuna, trout, salmon, shrimp

  • Vegetables: cabbage, carrots, celery, chives, fennel, kelp, leeks, mustard greens, onions, peas, pumpkins, radishes, seaweed, sweet potatoes, turnips, winter squash, yams

  • Starches/grains: rice, sweet rice

  • Fruits: apples, apricots, cherries, dates, figs, grapefruit, grapes, lemons, limes, peaches, plums, raisins

  • Nuts/seeds: black sesame seeds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pistachios, sesame seeds, walnuts

  • Spices: aniseed, black pepper, cayenne, cinnamon, coriander, garlic, ginger, marjoram, nutmeg, turmeric

  • Other: vinegar

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What to Drink:
Foods & Drinks to AVOID:
  • raw & cold/frozen foods and drinks

  • food dyes & preservatives

  • coffee

  • alcohol

  • dairy

  • sugar

  • sweet foods

  • spicy foods (in excess)

  • fruit (especially bananas, oranges, pineapples, watermelons)

  • fruit juices

  • smoothies

  • ice cream

  • cucumbers

  • tomatoes

  • salads

  • wheat beer

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Recipes for the Nervous Stomach Type:
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