Stomachaches are so common, so everyone experiences them at one point or another. There are dozens of reasons why you may have a stomachache. Most often, your stomachache is not serious and will pass quickly if you know how to manage it effectively. Did you know you could relieve your stomachache naturally? These natural remedies can be found in your kitchen. Following are several natural remedies that you can try at home whenever you have an upset stomach.
Since the olden days, ginger has been used to treat many conditions from nausea to joint pain. Recently, some studies have shown that ginger can also be a very effective treatment for stomach pain.
There are natural chemicals found in ginger that help relax the smooth muscles that make up the lining of the stomach and intestinal wall. Therefore, it can help relieve stomach cramps and a colicky stomachache. It also can naturally relieve inflammation. Try chopping up some ginger root and add it to your hot tea. If you can handle the strong taste you can also chew it straight in your mouth.
Peppermint contains menthol. This magical chemical not only keep your breath fresh, it is a natural analgesic, making peppermint a popular treatment for nausea and upset stomach.
Like ginger, fresh mint can be used under many forms. You can add it to your cup of hot tea, or incorporate them into your recipe. Or simply chewing on a mint leaf could bring the surprising effect. Mint also helps with digestion and can stimulate appetite. It is one of the better remedies for menstrual cramps.
Warm lemon juice
Ah lemon juice! It can be very refreshing on a hot day when served cold. But did you know that warm lemon juice could help your stomach pain. You may wonder how lemon juice can help since it’s very acidic. It actually only helps with indigestion. You should avoid this when you have heartburn. During indigestion, you feel discomfort from not fully digesting your food. The lemon juice stimulates acid production to help breakdown your food and help your food move further along. Simply squeeze half a lemon into a mug of warm water with a little sugar and you have made the finest beverage for your stomachache. Don’t use too much lemon or sugar, which can cause other effects to your pain. You can also substitute the sugar with honey. It’s also very hydrating, which is an added bonus!
You are probably wondering if this is the water that is left over after you cook rice. You are absolutely correct. It can relieve your stomachache by forming a soothing barrier over the lining of your stomach to reduce inflammation. You will need to cook your rice with double the amount of water. Usually for ½ cup of white rice you will need 2 cups or water. Cook your rice normally then let it sit with the lid covered on the pot. Drain the excess liquid into a cup and add a little honey. You can save the rice for later.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a very old natural remedy for stomachaches. You may have heard your grandmother telling you to use it. You may wonder how it works since it doesn’t seem to make sense since apple cider vinegar is very acidic. There are hasn’t been any medical research on apple cider vinegar accept many people have sworn that it works. One theory explains that apple cider vinegar is a weaker acid than the acid found in your stomach, which can balance the acid production in the stomach. It also can help break down fats that usually cause indigestion. If you find the taste of vinegar too much, mix some spoon of vinegar with water and a teaspoon of honey and sip it slowly.
You can also try eating plain yogurt. Yogurt is a good way to give your immune system a little boost with its probiotic qualities. Yogurt has natural bacteria that can help ease digestive discomfort. It is best to eat plain yogurt without added sugar. You can add a little honey for taste.
BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce and toast)
This combination is the perfect diet for those who have stomach discomfort due to nausea or diarrhea. All of the food in BRAT are have low-fiber and no salt or spices that can aggravate your stomach. This bland diet is a go-to for when you’re feeling sick but still have essential nutrients. If you char your toast a bit, it may help absorb the toxins in your stomach, which adds to relieving stomach pain.
CRAP diet (cherries, raisins, apricots, and prunes)
While BRAT can make a good for nausea and diarrhea, foods found in the CRAP diet are healthy snacks that can help relieve your stomachache caused by constipation. These foods are all fiber-friendly foods well known to help calm an upset stomach.
Whether you’re gassy, constipated, nauseous, or have indigestion, these foods can guarantee to ease the pain in your stomach. Of course if you are allergic to any of these foods or if you have health conditions that can be worsen by these foods, you should consult your doctor or nutritionist for the best diet plan.
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Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017
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