Who has never had stomach ache. I don’t think there is one single person that doesn’t know what it feels like. But does everybody know about an upset stomach remedies?
First of all let’s see why you may have stomach pain, and then learn some natural remedies for stomach pain.
Causes of Stomach Pain
Maybe you ate something, drank something, spent too much time in the wind, took some medications…and suddenly there you are, crawling into bed with an upset stomach that won’t go away.
Stomach pain can have different origins, which can be in the stomach itself and also in the intestine. In fact, often we have difficulties understanding where it comes from.
Of course it is always recommended to have your doctor visit you, because they can give you a precise diagnose if you are unsure.
Anyway, the most common causes of stomach ache are gastritis and heartburn (which is the short name of grastroesophageal reflux disease).
These two diseases can be resolved quite quickly, if they present in light form, with natural remedies (see how to get rid of heartburn).
When the pain won’t leave you after some do it yourself remedies for an upset stomach, it is better to call your doctor and go deeper with the investigation because, as you probably suspect, it could be something more serious.
Another common cause of stomach ache (or any disturb in that area) is stress.
Those that suffer from anxiety, stress…those that get upset or angry easily and hold some bad feelings inside for a long time are much more prone to experience upset stomach issues.
And it’s easy, with our lifestyle, to experience situations like that, right?
Other Causes of Stomach Ache
Of course there are many other stomach ache causes, and often times they have something to do with diet (something you shouldn’t have eaten, something you were allergic to, something hard to digest etc.).
Maybe you have abdominal pain because of your period cramps? If that’s the cause of your stomach pain, jump to the home remedies for period cramps.
Something to keep in mind, if you suffer from frequent headaches, is that anti-inflammatory pills and migraine pills, taken without the due precautions, can damage the internal wall of the stomach and, in the worst cases, cause internal bleeding.
So remember to always follow the directions and DO NOT take that type of drugs on an empty stomach.
Upset Stomach Remedies at Home
Here’s where some small changes in our daily habits can become very helpful to relieve the pain caused by an upset stomach.
The first thing that you need to do, if you suffer from stomach aches or heartburn, is to follow a healthy diet.
Are you surprised?
Of course not, because eating healthy is the solution for most problems that concern our body, and the best way to prevent diseases.
Things to Avoid to Prevent or Relieve Stomach Pain
First of all try to avoid the following foods and beverages:
- Coffee or drinks that contain caffeine
- Citrus juices
- Fried foods
because they are all food that can increase stomach acidity.
Avoid also the use of too many condiments on the food you eat. Japanese foods are great for this reason, they are usually steamed and have light condiments and dressings.
Avoid also mint (candies etc.) because it reduces the tone of the lower esophageal sphincter, promoting the gastric acid reflux.
If you’re a fan of chewing gums and suffer from stomach issues, try avoiding gums.
The sucrose in the stomach increases the production of air, and the prolonged chewing stimulates the production of acids.
Although chewing a gum can help get rid of acid reflux, try to avoid it if acid reflux is not the cause of your stomach pain.
Another upset stomach remedy is to eat smaller meals, more frequently during the day rather than big meals 2 times a day.
In fact, having light meals for dinner is better because digestion is slower at night, and it might cause heartburn.
Absolutely avoid smoking and drinking alcohol because they both increase acidity.
Natural DIY Upset Stomach Remedies
Let’s see which natural remedies for upset stomach can be somewhat effective to alleviate the disease:
- Many people confirm that they alleviate the abdominal pain with herbal tea, chamomile and other herbs that have calming properties.
- Others suggest to lay down in bed with a hot water bag on your stomach, because it helps to relax the abdominal muscles.
- I find it helpful (a doctor told me once) to drink a glass of warm water (yeah I know, sound gross) in the morning, as soon as I wake up, and in the evening before I go to sleep.
Maybe add a few drops of real lemon juice and honey to improve the taste. This helps regulate the intestine, have you ever tried?
- Try to sleep, our body heals during a good sleep.
- Drink a solution with baking soda (a cup of water and 2 tsp of baking soda).
- Eat yogurt, it contains probiotics that can relieve abdominal pain.
- Try drinking sparkling water, it makes you burp and can free your stomach from excess gas.
- When you cook, throw some ginger roots in your pan, ginger is quite effective for stomach ache.
What If Nothing Works?
Home remedies for stomach ache are meant to help you relieve the occasional pain that may be caused by something you ate, period cramps, or stress and anxiety.
If nothing works after two or three days, maybe it is time to call your doctor.
Prolonged stomach pain may be the sign of something that needs to be investigated further.
Eventually, gastroscopy allows you to diagnose esophagitis, acute gastritis or ulcers.
I don’t suffer from stomach ache very often, but these are the methods that worked for me when I needed to find some relief.
I am very curious to hear what your secrets are, so please share them and let everybody know. I am sure that someone will appreciate it!