Abdominal Discomfort – What Can You Do About It?

Abdominal Discomfort – What Can You Do About It?
Having an abdominal discomfort during or after a good meal ruins the experience for anyone. It may get even more irritating if you are unable to tell what is causing the pain.
In this situation, many people do not try to find the real cause. They move on and wait for the pain to go away or take a painkiller. But this is not a good thing to do. In fact, ignoring frequent stomach pains can be dangerous.
Any meal accompanied by pain in the stomach can interrupt your entire system. When tummy troubles strike there’s nothing you can do to avoid it at the instant so better prevent from the root causes in first place. The post-meal discomforts include bloating, gas, nausea, diarrhea, cramps.
What many people do not know is that they can get rid of stomach disorders at home. Many common foods that are present in everyone’s pantry can be of immense help when curing stomach pain.
Stomach pain or what is known as “abdominal cramps” that mainly arise from indigestion or IBS.

What causes pain in the stomach?

Gorging
We all stuff ourselves when a favorite or scrumptious meal is on the table one simply cannot resist but overeat. Buffets are the most common food places where overeating is a must because everything around is up a notch.
The stomach takes longer to break down food particles in order to digest and excrete. So, always eat within your capacity.
Spicy Foods
Spices or spicy dishes will surely irritate a sensitive stomach that gives rise to the pain. So to avoid any stomach aches in the future go down a notch on the heat in your dishes.

Food Allergies or Intolerance

Our bodies are allergic to many kinds of foods that we may or may not be aware of. There are some specific enzymes present in the foods we eat that the body cannot split.
The most common example of food intolerances is the lactose intolerance which is caused if you consume dairy products that contain lactose.
This can lead to severe diarrhea and constipation. To eliminate such foods that can trigger cramps in the abdominal region.
A number of people are allergic to gluten hence are a victim to gluten intolerance also named as Celiac disease. Adopt a gluten-free diet to help ease the stomach.
Appendix
If the pain hits you in the lower right side of the abdomen then it is appendicitis. And eating full can amplify the pain.
Irritable bowel syndrome
Prolonged gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhea mean you have irritable bowel syndrome.
Stomach Flu
Stomach flu also named as Gastroenteritis occurs if you experience food poisoning or have eaten contaminated food.
 

What Can You Do For Stomach Pain?

 

Brew some Chamomile Tea Extract
Chamomile possesses anti-inflammatory and sedative properties which make it a great cure for a bad stomach (inflamed lining of the stomach).
Chamomile will ease contractions in the digestive tract which moves food in the stomach to soothe spasms. In addition to that, it will help you sleep peacefully and longer by calming your nerves. Seep some dried chamomile flowers or tea bags in warm water.
Infuse Ginger Root
Gingerol is the primary ingredient present naturally in the ginger root which is a powerful antioxidant that blocks free radicals.
Ginger rids the body of nausea by neutralizing the acids inside the stomach. It relaxes the muscles that line the intestinal tract. Boil water with a piece of ginger root in and drink.
Yogurt
Yogurt eases digestion due to the presence of active bacteria in it. Diarrhea flushes good bacteria from your body and hence you feel stomach discomfort for which bland foods like yogurt are a magic wand.
Minty Freshness
Mint is broadly known for its wonders in relieving tummy troubles. Be it in dried form, fresh or powdered minty coolness is all you need.
Mint is capable of relaxing stomach muscles and boosts digestion by improving the flow of bile inside. It is up to you whichever way you like consuming mint. Chew a handful of fresh leaves or infuse in a cup of warm water as a tea.
Lemon Water
The acidic nature of a lemon boosts the production of hydrochloric acid which is known to break down our food particles which results in healthy digestion.  Lemon also keeps the body hydrated so it can remove harmful toxins easily.
Squeeze a lemon wedge in lukewarm water and remember not to add in piping hot water to avail maximum health benefits. If you are not a fan of citrusy drinks add a teaspoon of honey to neutralize the tangy flavor.
Snack Fennel Seeds
Fennel seeds are your go-to snacks in case of indigestion. Chew some fennel seeds to aid the flow of digestive juices and reduce inflammation.
Breakfast with Oatmeal
Oatmeal is also a bland food that has been proven to be very effective in treating stomach disorders. The fiber content in oats really helps in treating constipation. In addition to that, oatmeal helps maintain healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It eases an upset stomach and aids in rapid weight loss.
Hot compress
Use heating pads or warm water bags by placing on the abdominal region to soothe cramps. You can also toss and heat some salt in the pan and then wrap it in the kitchen towel and apply on the abdomen.
A hot compress in any form will stimulate blood circulation and flow in the abdomen. Additionally, the warmth will provide you comfort and distraction from pain.
If you cannot do any of above, simply take a bottle of warm water and put on the belly for heat. This will aid the stomach to work fast in order to pass food and prevent residue from staying inside the digestive system therefore reduced stomach ache.
For some people, keep a warm cloth on the top of the stomach works as well. But this method may be hard and you might need to warm up the cloth after a short time.
What Else Should You Keep In Mind? 
Stomach problems are common and can happen to anyone at any time. Some of the most common reasons include overeating and certain types of food. Occasional discomforts are normal and not hard to treat.
One thing to keep in mind is the age group and the health condition of the person. Stomach pain in babies and toddlers are often not a good sign. It is better to go to a doctor as soon as possible. This will avoid any further health complications and a  fever.
Stomach pains can often be a sign of a harmful reaction. People with conditions like gluten intolerance should be careful especially while eating outside. Same goes for people with severe food allergies. It is wise to ask the ingredients and inform the restaurant about your condition before ordering.
Others who should be cautious while getting stomach pains include pregnant women and people from older age groups. Both of these are weak and more prone to health problems. Consult the doctor as soon as possible if you have a stomach pain which does not go away.
Hilary Jensen

Hilary is a Food Science and Nutrition graduate with specialization in diet planning and weight loss. She enjoys reading and writing on Food, Nutrition, Diet, Weight Loss, and General Health.

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