Sensitive stomach is a common summertime malady. People with upset digestive system tend to feel more bloated and have more loose stools in the hotter months of the year. This often has to do with the surge in the serotonin levels as these negatively impact intestinal movement, especially in those people who are predisposed to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). To decrease your risk for these symptoms, wear light colors and lightweight fabric as well as a broad-brimmed hat to avoid inappropriate serotonin increase from overheating. Wearing white color helps by reflecting the sunlight and limiting intake of hot beverages and spicy foods will help avoiding the serotonin surge. To alleviate the bloatedness and gassiness, try a good probiotic which has at least 10 different strains and the potency of at least 40 billion colony forming units, once daily for 2-3 weeks. Keep in mind that raw salads which dominate our diet in the summer – can contain gas-producing vegetables, and if you are the type that is sensitive to cabbage or cauliflower – modify your salads accordingly. Here is too a cool and healthy summer season!