Indigestion can be a sign of an underlying problem like, peptic ulcers, pancreas or bile duct, acid reflux, GERD, etc. Whether it’s a feeling of burning in the stomach, abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, or a noisy stomach, it all means something. Pay attention to your body, what you put in it, and what it is telling you. There are many reasons for these terrible stomach aches; processed foods, stress and anxiety, dairy, spicy foods, acidic foods, etc. A lot of these causes of indigestion and be fixed, improved, and reversed if you start being a healthier you.
The best way to nail down the cause of your pains is to record what you eat every day for 2 weeks. Jot down notes after you eat; are you feeling tired? Gassy? Bloating? Just make sure you record what it was that you ate and how you felt afterward. This is going to help pin point what types of food it may be like spicy, dairy, processed, something else, you get the idea.
If you can point out a specific food that is giving you issues, then easily eliminate it from your diet! I know, this is easier said than done, but take for an example, dairy. If you love your milk and ice cream, just try alternatives to dairy, like Coconut milk, Almond milk, Soy milk, Coconut yogurt or Almond yogurt, Coconut Ice Cream, and so on. There are so many ways to substitute your favorite food that is causing you pain for a healthier version, just look it up!
Maybe you are still in pain after making notes about your daily habits and nothing seems to work. I suggest visiting your doctor as a precaution to rule out anything major that might be going on in your body that needs to be addressed.
Bitters and Club soda / Seltzer Water
- Many of us may have reached for a white soda to help ease our stomach pain, but there is a healthier way like bitters and club soda. Most bitters contain herbs blended into it like cinnamon, fennel, mint, and ginger. The herbs can help ease nausea while the club soda is good for rehydration and helping to reduce the effects of indigestion because of its fizz. The fizz from the club soda may also aid in burping which helps relieve the pressure in the stomach and to neutralize excess stomach acid. Club Soda is also a better alternative to any soda, dark or light, and doesn’t contain any added sugars or chemicals.
Ginger – relieve pain
- Ginger is a great remedy to help cure many ailments and has been used since ancient times. It is a natural anti-inflammatory to ease pain. There are many ways you can take ginger, like raw, tea, or ginger chews.
Tea (Peppermint or Spearmint or Chamomile) – relieve pain, nausea, bloating, cramps
- Peppermint is great because the menthol in the leaves of the plant are a pain reliever. It helps in digestion to expel gas from the intestines. Spearmint can help to relieve symptoms of nausea, indigestion, gas, and cramps. Chamomile act as an anti-inflammatory, which will help the muscles in your stomach relax. This will reduce the cramping and spasms you may be feeling. Brew a cup of tea of peppermint, spearmint, or chamomile, or add a couple of drops of essential oil to your favorite tea, or find a mint type candy.
Apple Cider Vinegar – relieve pain, decrease starch digestion
- The acid in the vinegar can help decrease starch digestion. This vinegar taste pretty gross plain, especially if you’re a first timer. Try taking a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar with tea or water, add a tsp of maple syrup or honey and drinking slowly. I like to add a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar to my protein shakes every day to help with all the benefits of this vinegar.
Applesauce or Apples – Calm the stomach and firm stools
- Applesauce is a binding food that contains a high level of pectin and is beneficial to calm the stomach, which relieves the diarrhea and firms stool. Apple peels are a great source of roughage that contain ursolic acid which helps build muscle and metabolism
Soup or Broth– hydration
- A broth (Chicken broth or Beef broth)will be more beneficial in this case, then a soup that contains all sorts of junk in it. The liquid is high in salt content and will help to keep you hydrated. Broth is very easily digested because of contains an array of amino acids, supplies protein, and you won’t get the feeling of nausea.
Coconut Water – for hydration
- This water is great for hydrating, especially if you are having a hard time keeping anything down. Coconut water contains natural sugars, electrolytes, and vitamin C which all aid in stomach support.
Paleo Diet – prevent future stomach aches
- The paleo diet helped cure my almost daily stomach aches. This diet is famous for “if a caveman didn’t eat it, neither should you.” Essentially no gluten, added sugar, or processed foods. I had never realized that what I put into my body truly affected all parts of me. I used to have pains on a daily basis and it didn’t seem to matter what I ate. My sister started this diet and I decided to follow, to my surprise, I was cured of my daily stomach aches, unless I mean I indulged in pizza, noodles, or other highly processed foods that can be so delicious. Sticking to real food will help more than just that stomach ache. You many find yourself free of acne, lower blood sugar levels, losing weight, sleeping better, and overall feeling better.
Essential oils – ease stomach pain and eliminate nausea
- Mix 3 drops of lavender, 3 drops of peppermint, and 2 drops of orange with a carrier oil (jojoba oil, coconut oil, olive oil). Rub a small amount of this mixture on your stomach. The peppermint oil soothes motion sickness and nausea. The lavender oil won’t help with the pain, but it will help to relax you and to ease the nausea. The orange essential oil will help to ease the pain.
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