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Are Your Tummy Ills All in Your Head?

By Karen Ansel, M.S., R.D., "Are Your Tummy Ills All in Your Head?," March/April 2011

Stress may be causing your stomach ache. Find foods to help.

Fatty fish: Stress can trigger an increase in compounds called cytokines that promote inflammation, which can worsen digestive ills. Eating more EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)—two omega-3 fats found most commonly in oily fish, such as salmon, herring and sardines—can help relieve inflammation linked to tummy troubles, according to a 2005 Scandinavian Journal of Nutrition study.



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