Natural Ways to Relieve a Stomach Ache
When your stomach is in knots, reaching for over-the-counter remedies might not always be your first choice. Fortunately, there are natural methods that can soothe and ease your discomfort. Here's a guide to help you find relief the natural way.
Warm Compress: Just as you'd use warmth to relieve muscle pain, a warm compress or heating pad can alleviate stomach discomfort. Gently placing it over your abdomen can relax your muscles and reduce pain.
Ginger: This root has been hailed for centuries for its medicinal properties. Whether you choose to consume it as tea, juice, or even raw, ginger can help alleviate nausea and reduce inflammation.
Peppermint: The menthol present in peppermint acts as a natural analgesic and can help soothe an upset stomach. Sipping on peppermint tea or even just inhaling its aroma can provide relief.
Chamomile Tea: Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, chamomile tea can relax the muscles of the upper digestive tract, easing spasms and discomfort.
BRAT Diet: If your stomach ache stems from digestive issues, consider following the BRAT diet: Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast. These foods are easy on the stomach and can help reduce irritation.
Hydration: Drinking water helps flush out toxins that could be causing your upset stomach. However, sip slowly instead of gulping to prevent introducing excess air, which can cause bloating.
Fennel Seeds: These seeds are known for their anti-gas properties. You can chew them directly or brew them as a tea to help relieve bloating and cramps.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Mixed with water, apple cider vinegar can act as a home remedy for indigestion. Its acidic nature can help break down food in your stomach and alleviate discomfort.
Rest: Sometimes, your body just needs a break. Lying down in a comfortable position, avoiding any strenuous activities, and ensuring a good night's sleep can promote recovery.
Mindful Breathing: Deep, mindful breathing can help reduce stress, which can be a contributor to stomach pain. Try taking slow, deep breaths, holding for a few seconds, and then exhaling slowly.
While these natural remedies can provide relief for mild stomach aches, it's essential to listen to your body. If your symptoms persist or are severe, always consult with a healthcare professional.
Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.