Stomach aches can ruin everything you’ve planned and be totally debilitating. Here are some remedies to get you through painful episodes.
Stomach and intestinal aches and pains can be a result of a variety of possible causes. Eating too much, food sensitivities, alcohol, too much caffeine, eating too late at night, stress and occasionally from bacteria, virus or parasites which may feel like food poisoning. Acid reflux or a burning feeling in your chest may be the cause too.
If pain is intense or continues for more than several hours with or without vomiting and fever, you should seek medical advice from your doctor or go to an urgent care or an emergency room to rule out a serious condition. However, if the pain comes and goes, mild nausea and you know you can push through, here are some suggestions that may help:
Don’t eat food at all and drink room temperature water and nothing else. During this time be sure to rest and relax as much as possible. This gives your gut and stomach a chance to heal.
Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water. Drink 2 to 6 ounces of water about every half hour. When you resume eating, follow No. 4 below to ease back into eating.
Homemade or pure chicken broth or beef broth have collagen which helps your gut heal. Vegetable broth is another option.The vitamins and minerals and some protein in the broth are nourishing and can help stave off hunger.
Drink herbal teas such as ginger, chamomile or peppermint. Ginger Ale may help too. Ease back into eating slowly with foods from No. 4 below.
If any type of fasting doesn’t fit your lifestyle, eat only very bland food in small quantities to make sure you can “hold it down” or “keep it in”. Stay away from dairy, caffeine and heavy food such as meat.
Recommended foods to eat when you have a stomach ache but you still feel like eating are simple broth type soups, banana, toast, eggs, rice or quinoa and oatmeal. Season with natural salt only.
Get a food sensitivity blood test to make sure you are not continually aggravating your body and causing inflammation and pain from foods that are not right for you. If you get stomach aches often, food sensitivities could be the culprit. Other symptoms are diarrhea or constipation and these could be from parasites and leaky gut too. A doctor can help you determine the best path for a cure with these issues.
In conclusion, when your stomach hurts pay attention to why it may be hurting. Determine ways to relieve stress whether emotional or physical to keep calm as often as possible. Be aware of your physical and emotional triggers that can lead to stomach pain. Find ways to manage these areas of your life. Try natural remedies instead of quick fixes from antacids, and other pharmaceutical products. Most often eating a healthy diet with a lot of greens and plant based foods that agree with you will resolve most stress related stomach maladies.
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