Nausea, gassiness, bloating, intermittent pain, burning, and diarrhea are some symptoms of an upset stomach. A stomach ache can be caused by many different things. It can be due to heartburn, IBS or irritable bowel syndrome, overeating, stress, gallstones, ulcers, lactose intolerance and many more. The pain associated with a stomach ache can go from mild to intolerable. If you experience intolerable pain, it is definitely time to see a doctor or go directly to the ER.
Some minor tummy aches do not necessarily require medication. There are a number of natural methods of calming an upset stomach.
- Eat ginger. Ginger is a popular medicinal component in Eastern medicine. It is anti-oxidant rich that is good for treating digestive disorders. Raw peeled ginger can be sucked on and taken with a few sips of water. However, many people find raw ginger tough to take as is. If you cannot handle the intense taste of ginger in its raw form, grate some ginger into hot water and allow it to steep for a few minutes. Drink the liquid as you would any other kind of tea.
- Avoid foods that can further upset your stomach. While you are experiencing a tummy ache, avoiding eating spicy foods, foods high in acids like tomatoes and citrus, milk products and those with caffeine. Do not eat hard to digest foods like nuts. In fact, the less you eat during a stomach ache, the better. Allow your stomach to return to normal before enjoying these types of food.
- Drink herbal tea. Chamomile has a natural calming effect on upset stomachs. Steep a bag of chamomile tea in hot water for 20 minutes. Drink this after meals. Peppermint, fennel and turmeric teas are also stomach friendly. You can also try lemon balm and marshmallow root which some say can help cure digestive issues.
- Stay stress-free. An upset stomach can be caused by stress. When you have a tummy ache, avoid further stress. Go to a quiet, dimly lit room where you and your stomach can relax.
- Hydrate. Make sure to drink water to flush out the toxins that may be in your stomach. Water also helps regulate stomach acids. However, do not drink too much water at one time because this can cause bloating. Never take carbonated drinks or bubbly liquids. These have lots of sugar as well as caffeine that can aggravate your tummy ache.
- Eat toast. If you know that too much digestive acids cause your stomach upset, eat a piece of toast. This will give your stomach acids something to digest reducing the amount of acid in your stomach. Plain saltine crackers work the same way.
- Have a banana. Some say that eating a banana soothes the stomach. Bananas are easy to digest so it’s worth a try.
If all else fails and the pain becomes worse make sure to consult your doctor. The pain in your stomach can be emanating from a number of different organs in the area. By consulting your doctor, he can isolate the pain and provide you with the right medical advice to relieve your condition.
To avoid getting a tummy ache, stay away from possible triggers like certain foods that upset your stomach and always aim for a stress free life. When you feel the beginnings of a stomach ache, avoid popping a pill into your mouth immediately. Instead, try safer and more natural approaches to relieving stomach pain. Natural pain relievers are often better for your body than drugs and over-the-counter medications.