Stomach Home Remedies
If you’ve ever had stomach pain and discomfort after a spicy meal, or a particularly stressful day or even when trying new foods, you may be keen to learn a few simple home remedies to ease the pain and discomfort when trouble starts.
Determine What The Problem Is First
There are different reasons why you may be experiencing stomach pain or discomfort. The pain could be situational or it could be something more troubling. So if the pain is excruciatingly painful, please check with your health care professional as a simple home remedy may not suffice! So you’ll need to investigate just a little to know what the problem is before you use a remedy to alleviate your symptoms.
- Know your body signals
Food is not to be overlooked. Many people today are beginning to suffer from food sensitivities. For example, you may have been able to eat peppers before doesn’t mean that over time, you haven’t developed a condition that makes you sensitive to it now. I know I could eat chilli peppers once, but now I get terrible stomach cramps.
- Check your lifestyle
As I mentioned earlier, stress can cause stomach pain. Stress can be a good thing, but too much stress can lead to unhealthy lifestyle changes that affect the digestive system. Are you eating fast foods that contain more fat than you normally eat? Is stress at work leading to headaches and constant bubbling of your stomach?
Before we go any further, here are some of the common symptoms of stomach problems: gas, bloating, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, burning feeling in the stomach and/or throat. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have digestive problems occurring.
Heartburn, Upset Stomach and Constipation
The more common stomach issues that we encounter are heartburn, upset stomach and constipation. There are others and if you experience chronic stomach issues or something with ever increasing intensity of symptoms see your doctor immediately.
Prolonged conditions can lead to a number of more serious disorders that require a comprehensive medical exam and treatment.
Heartburn causes a burning pain that seems to originate in the area of the chest, which is why the condition has been aptly named “heartburn.” But, the real cause of the pain and discomfort is stomach acid moving through the lower esophageal sphincter (opening between the esophagus and the stomach) into the esophagus.
The pain begins in the chest but can quickly move up the throat like fire.
- Upset Stomach
Experiencing an upset stomach is an issue most of us are acquainted with. Here’s an example: You don’t usually eat Mexican food but you go out with your friends to the Mexican restaurant. Soon your stomach seems to be performing in an uncomfortable way. You may begin to feel nauseous although you may not actually vomit. In a matter of hours your stomach feels as tight as a tick and nothing seems to bring any relief.
Constipation is uncomfortable to say the least. Everyone has bowel movements but no one likes to discuss it when they can’t do a bowel movement! Constipation brings a feeling of needing “to go” but nothing happens. You feel gassy, bloated and highly uncomfortable.
Natural Home Stomach Remedies
For occasional symptoms of stomach discomfort, you may like to try some home remedies:
- Caraway seeds – You may have seen these little seeds and their cousins, fennel, on foods, but eaten alone, they can help resolve stomach symptoms such as gas and slow digestion. Gas produced by and trapped in your body can be painful. If you’ve ever had lower back pain during a sour stomach episode, it is probably gas. Eat about a teaspoon of caraway seeds with water or steep them in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain and then drink.
- Chewing gum – When the tummy is rumbling, the last thing you want to do is chew, but gum helps to increase saliva production which decreases stomach acid production. Choose a natural chewing gum and chew to decrease heartburn.
- Baking soda – It is an old household remedy often the “poor man’s antacid” but it helps many people. Follow package directions for adding the sodium bicarbonate to a glass of water. It helps to neutralize stomach acid and upset stomach. If you have high blood pressure, don’t use this one regularly!
- Apple cider vinegar – Apple cider vinegar helps ease heartburn pain. If you suffer with heartburn or acid reflux a little in a glass of water helps to neutralize the acid. Even a glass of water or eating an apple can provide you with natural relief.
- Honey – Honey can benefit the body in many ways. Eating honey helps prevent constipation and also eases sore throat pain that can result from heartburn.
- Ginger – This ancient remedy has anti-inflammatory properties to ease digestion and associated stomach pains. Steep fresh ground ginger with hot water; strain and drink. Or nibble on a little piece of fresh ginger.
- Fresh mint – Peppermint or spearmint varieties can quiet nauseous stomachs and regular digestion. Nibble on some fresh leaves or steep dried ones in a tea.
- Lemon water – A natural detoxifier, lemon in warm water can help with stomach pain associated with upset stomach.
- Aloe Vera – The aloe vera juice can be just as soothing to the inside as the gel is to the outside. It can ease pain in the esophagus as well as in the stomach. It also works as a laxative.
- Sesame seeds – Snacking on sesame seeds can keep the digestive system moving and combat constipation.
Have you tried any natural home remedies for stomach pain? If so I would love to hear them in the comments below! Natural home remedies may ease your pain quicker and better than any of the over-the-counter medicines.