There is no greater discomfort than that caused by stomachaches. They can be more painful than headaches and very embarrassing in cases where diarrhea and gas is involved. At times it is so bad, one cannot control it. Having a stomachache can turn out to an ordeal and a half. That is why we are taking time to look at causes and most importantly home remedies of stomachache problems. Home remedies for that matter.
The first step in treating something is to find out the exact cause of the problem. There are many causes of stomach problems better known as abdominal pains.
Causes of stomach problems.
- Lack of fiber and adequate water causes indigestion which subsequently leads to constipation. Foods like bananas and mangoes are rich in fiber to ease digestion.
- Over eating: Over eating tends to fill in your stomach, leaving no room for digestion to take place and making in hard for the enzymes to be disrtibuted and assist in breaking it down for soluble particles. This creates a lot of pressure in the stomach leaving you with serious stomach problems.
- Food poisoning: Eating rotten or contaminated food causes food poisoning, leading to stomach rumbling, passing of gases and general severe stomach upsets and pain.
- Cramps: Contraction and expansion of uterine walls causes cramps and discomfort.
- Gastritis: Walls of the stomach release gastric juice. In the absence of food in the stomach, gastric juice released corrodes walls of the stomach, forming sores resulting in stinging stomach sensation.
- Irritable bowel syndrome. Causes bowel movement and general stomach discomfort.
Home Remedies for stomach problems.
- Chamomile tea. Works as an anti inflammatory. Inflammation in the stomach lining happens as a result of gastritis. Chamomile relaxes the smooth muscles helping food push along smoothly. Put the tea bag in hot water then let it steep for 10-20 minutes before drinking.
- Hot pack: You can use a hot pack or hot water bottle. Lie down then rest it on your belly for 15 minutes. It loosens and relaxes the muscles.
- Rice water: This is water left over from ng rice. Acts as a demulcent by forming a sort of soothing barrier. Mix two cups of rice water and two cups of water.
- Peppermint: Chew or mix with boiling water then let it steep for 10 minutes.
- Warm lemon water: Its high acidity levels stimulate production of HCL thus moving digestion at a healthy pace.
- Ginger root tea: Ginger contains naturally occurring chemicals like gingerols and shogaols which relax the smooth muscle like the muscles of the intestinal tracks. As a result, stomach pains are relieved. Its antifungal and antibacterial properties soothe stomach pains and relieve digestion.
- Fennel seeds: Chew fennel seeds. They contain knothole a volatile oil that stimulates secretion of digestive juices. Subsequently, inflammation is tamed. Not for use by pregnant ladies.
- Club soda and lime. Club soda contains soda which is effective in dissipating crowded solid substances like food quickly. By mix it with lime and consuming the drink, you quickly relieve the pressure and release the trapped gases in the stomach through burping. It eases the stomach upset.
- Bananas: Bananas are easily digestible and help absorb excess acid in the stomach. They also have high pectin concentration and work to harden stool. Potassium present is used to replace electrolytes lost during diarrhea.
- Yogurt: Yogurt with live bacteria cultures, for example, lactobacillus, and helps restore balance of good bacteria in your intestines .This helps the body heal more effectively and quickly from indigestion.
- Apple cider vinegar: Ranks among the best home remedies. Its high pectin concentration soothes an irritated stomach and relieves nausea. In addition, its acidic nature returns things to normal pattern. Mix a teaspoon with a glass of water. Add a little honey to improve taste. Sip with every meal until you feel relieved.
Knowledge is power. Equipped with the knowledge on causes and home remedies for stomachaches, abdominal pains should not be a matter of concern. Treat yourself with these pocket friendly home remedies. However, if symptoms persist, please seek medical advice.