We all experience a bit of digestive discomfort from time to time. Sometimes, it’s just a case of eating a bit too much (we’re all guilty of that!) or maybe a bit of acid reflux. Sometimes, you might have an infection causing the discomfort.
If you do experience discomfort regularly or for a prolonged period of time, it’s always worth going to get checked out by a digestive doctor to be certain that nothing more serious is going on. A doctor can perform tests to see what is going on and will be able to recommend medications to help.
But, if you’re just having a bad day, here are a few things that might help.
Ginger is a popular home remedy for all kinds of stomach pains from morning sickness to period pains. The idea is that ginger contains chemicals that help to stem nausea and reduce any inflammation.
For some people, ginger tea is the perfect remedy but ginger works with all kinds of things. Ginger biscuits are pleasing to eat but you can also find ginger capsules, ginger oil for aromatherapy and gels containing ginger for pain relief.
Small Sips of Water
When your tummy is sore, you might not want to drink but staying hydrated is essential for your health. Rather than seeing off a large glass in one go, try to take small sips over the day. This should help to minimize the chance of dehydration without putting too much pressure on your stomach.
Peppermint is a popular solution but it doesn’t work for all stomach pains. If you are experiencing acid reflux, you should probably give peppermint a miss as it may exacerbate the problem. On the other hand, if you have IBS, there is some evidence that peppermint may help to relieve your symptoms including painful gas.
Peppermint tea is a nice way to get some water inside you and freshen you up a bit. Some people also find that sucking on a mint helps to reduce car sickness.
Stomach pain is often caused by cramps. This is when your muscles tighten up and make you want to curl into a ball and often happens when you have a bug or period pains. The best way to combat cramp is often a bit of heat and a hot water bottle is a cheap and easy solution. Be careful not to use boiling water, though, you are aiming for a gentle warming sensation that will soothe you to sleep, not a sauna!
Alternatives include heat patches you can stick on your clothes or pajamas or cuddling a warm pet – cats are especially good.
When you aren’t feeling very well, the best thing you can do is rest. This gives your body time to recover and get rid of any bugs. Sleeping is ideal but just lying in a comfortable position on the sofa watching TV can help reduce your symptoms and give you a distraction too. Be kind to yourself while you are ill and you will almost definitely speed up your recovery!