Dealing With Stomach Aches

This article is authored by Karishma Chawla. She is a practising nutritionist and a weight loss expert. She advises people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or to achieve a specific health-related goal..

Stomach ache or abdominal pain can be crampy, achy, dull, sharp or intermittent. The common causes of stomach ache include constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, lactose intolerance, stress, gas and bloating. Let’s have a look at some of the causes in detail along with home remedies for stomach ache.

Diarrhea: This can be caused by a viral infection, drugs, food allergies and food sensitivities to name a few. Management of diarrhea include fluid balance with coconut water, buttermilk, salted rice kanji, lemon sugar salt beverage or weak tea.

Lactose intolerance: Individuals with lactose intolerance usually lack the enzyme lactase to digest the lactose in milk leading to stomach cramps and diarrhea. Avoiding milk is beneficial and can substitute milk with almond and coconut milk.

Gas and bloating: This can be a result of food sensitivities, constipation or indigestion leading to abdominal pain. It can be managed by dropping food irritants that cause gas, eating a diet high in fiber, adequate water, and chewing food properly. You can also experiment with adding herbs such as turmeric that help to break down food and absorb nutrients and garlic that helps to relieve gas.

Acid reflux: This is caused by low stomach acid, magnesium deficiency, certain foods, haitas hernia and eating food too quickly. Relief is found with avoidance of foods such as citrus foods, alcohol, spicy foods, peppermint. Practice mindful eating, chew every mouthful 20-30 times and experiment with aloe juice in the morning and saunf and kala jeera water before meals to secrete stomach acid.

Stress: This can cause low stomach acid. People with low stomach acid typically experience frequent heartburn, acid reflux, burping, bloating, gas, and even nausea after eating. Home remedies include a glass of warm water and fresh lemon or lime. Squeeze a tablespoon of lemon juice into the water and drink before consuming anything else.

Constipation:  This is caused by lack of dietary fiber, overindulgence in processed foods, dehydration, too much dairy, medications, lack or exercise or movement, lack of routine, hurried mornings, ignoring the urge to defecate or stress. Chronic constipation can lead to gas production, stomach bloating and ache. Dietary interventions include consuming whole grains such as dalia, red rice poha, rajgira and legumes.  Fruits and veggies that are rich in fiber include dark green leafy veggies, pear and papaya. Drinking plenty of water and other fluids like starting the day with lemon water and consuming vegetable smoothies can also help. Lifestyle measures include, slowing down the morning ritual, having a routine, a set wake up and sleep time along with some yoga and stretches. Avoid refined foods, deep fried foods and high sugar foods. You can experiment with black salt, this may help to relieve gas and bloating and aid digestion.

While you try these home remedies for a stomach ache, make sure you consult a doctor as well. Changing your dietary and lifestyle habits will supplement your efforts towards good health.


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