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I’ve been dealing with a killer stomach ache today. How often does your stomach act up? It’s been happening more and more with me lately, and I’m going crazy! There are many underlying reasons for stomach aches. It can include things like ulcers, indigestion, appendicitis, and irritable bowel syndrome. Although much of the time, you’re just not feeling that great. Whatever the outcome will be, there are quite a few remedies.
Maintain Proper Blood Flow
The nicotine found in cigarettes can irritate the lining in your stomach, reducing nitric oxide production.
This is the chemical that helps you maintain proper blood flow and the production of mucus and bicarbonate. If the production of nitric oxide slows down, you are vulnerable to stomach pains.Two words: STOP SMOKING!
Cut the alcohol,
I know, it’s a bit of a drag to hear that some of your favorite things can be the cause of your stomach pain. Drinking alcohol can irritate your digestive system and damage the lining of your stomach.
When you drink a beer, your stomach will begin to produce more acid than it usually does. This can cause it to ache. Acid reflux is another product of Booze. This is when your stomach acid burns your throat.
It can be highly uncomfortable. And if that’s not enough, drinking can also cause you to produce an ulcer. Instead of a beer, grab a glass of juice, or perhaps a soda. Or maybe…
Drink More Water more often.
When it comes to eradicating your stomach pains, I can give this among the most essential tips.
If there isn’t enough H2O in your body, it can slow down the process needed for digestion. The average rate is 1 and a half to 2 liters of water daily. This way, you can significantly decrease water retention, which happens when your body holds on to as much water as possible.
This is to avoid dehydration. So if you feel your stomach beginning to bloat, grab a glass of H2O. Down the hatch!
Maybe Try Cinnamon?
Like all best friends, we’re full of antics.
Cinnamon is a spice that carries one of the best antioxidant known as polyphenol. This nutrient helps people when they are having digestive issues. Keep in mind, you don’t need to eat cinnamon raw.
It can prove useful when added to a smoothie, yogurt, applesauce, or a healthy meal. When used properly, the antioxidants work to ease your food digestion and reduce irritation in the stomach. This helps in the fight against indigestion, gas, heartburn, and nausea.
So there’s no need to get brave and do the “cinnamon challenge.” Besides, you’d be almost a decade too late with that fad.
Apply a Heating Pad or warm cloth.
When you’re in pain, there is no better feeling than the muscles in your body relaxing due to a heating pad.
The heated pad placed against your body helps relax the muscles and distract your brain from the pain. This is very similar to how pain-killing medications work. The item is recommended to be heated to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, which is equal to 40 degrees Celsius.
This triggers your body’s heat receptors, blocking the feeling of pain from reaching the brain. So go into the cupboard and pull out that old heating pad. There’s a reason you kept it stored away rather than tossing it in the trash.
Warm Baths And you thought a heating pad was soothing.
Given our hectic daily schedules, most of us don’t have the luxury to draw a warm bath and relax.
But if you can spare a small amount of time, I suggest you try it out. Especially if you’ve been feeling aches and pains in your core area. Do you know how freezing cold baths can help athletes with injuries? Well, a warm bath can do the same for internal problems.
The most crucial element in all of this is muscle relaxation. When there is less tension in the body, the discomfort in your stomach will be relieved quicker.
Get a Little Basil
In Your Life If you’re familiar with the world of cooking, you would know that basil is an easy ingredient to improve a meal’s quality.
Much like taste buds, our stomachs could use a little flavor as well. Basil’s components can help relieve pain and inflammation in the stomach. One of these critical properties in reducing inflammation is known as linoleic acid.
Eugenol, another compound found in basil, helps to reduce the amount of stomach acid. If you sprinkle basil into salad or tea, it may give your stomach the resources it needs to kick the aches. So head out to your nearest supermarket and grab some fresh basil.
I bet you never thought you’d find the words “basil” and “licorice” on the same list. Well, not to bum you out or anything, but I don’t mean the candy. I’m talking about the root found inside licorice that helps fight against your upset stomach.
You see, licorice contains extracts that can reduce pain in your gut. These extracts have also proven useful in the fight against ulcers, nausea, and heartburn. Now not to discourage you from trying this remedy, but the licorice root’s potency is precisely what gives black licorice its signature taste. Enjoy!
Have a Banana Similar to water
Bananas are another reasonably necessary antidote for an upset stomach. The nutrients located in bananas are known to relieve pains in your abdominals. Contents such as Vitamin B6 and potassium work great when someone is experiencing severe pain.
They are also reasonably easy to digest, making it a go-to food when you’re feeling sick. Have you heard of someone having a difficult time eating a banana? Perhaps the most essential component of bananas is pectin, a polysaccharide found in fruits.
If you are feeling constipated, the pectin from a banana can help with bowel movements. Sorry, I didn’t mean to get a graphic there. Back to your regularly scheduled programming. Vinegar We really had you excited with all the talk of bananas, baths, and heating pads, didn’t we? Well, not all good things last forever.
Vinegar’s use as a stomach ache combatant dates back to ancient times. Early records from the Middle East, Greece, and China have described people using vinegar to cure all types of medical problems.
While we’ve no doubt advanced our methods of treating colds and dress wounds, vinegar continues to be used as a digestive aid to this day. Apple cider vinegar, in particular, can work as an efficient remedy against digestive issues.
One of these issues is bloating. Apple cider will also increase your body’s level of stomach acid. While too much acid makes for one heck of an unpleasant stomach ache, the lack of acid can have the same effect.
Just mix yourself a cup of warm water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. If you’d care to improve the taste, a tablespoon of honey is also suggested. After its consumption, your stomach pains will begin to fade away.
The BRAT Diet
If the ancient Greeks got through it, so can you. The BRAT Diet This one probably caught your interest back in the intro. I am not implying that your stomach ache makes you brat.
Remember how we mentioned bananas a moment ago? Well, add a few more ingredients, and you’ve got yourself a heck of a reliable stomach treatment. The term ‘BRAT’ is an acronym for Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast! It is specifically recommended as a remedy for vomiting or diarrhea.
This is due to your stomach’s sensitivity to solid foods during this period. While it is mostly made up of low-fiber, bland foods, the BRAT diet helps replace several vital nutrients you may have lost due to sickness.
This includes potassium, calcium, iron, and protein. Mabe, you have a specific sensitivity to one of these critical foods. Your stomach should feel less irritated throughout its consumption. So if you feel the extreme effects of an upset stomach, go ahead and mix together some BRAT!
Have you been experiencing bad stomach pains? Are you considering trying any of these methods? Sound off in the comment section.