stomach cramps

Treat Stomach Cramps Naturally

Stomach cramps can be a difficulty all their own or the symptom of a larger problem. The stomach is fragile and easily upset and cramps are just one way your body has of telling you that something has gone wrong in your digestive tract. Sometimes they can be caused by a slowing of the digestion process, but other times stomach cramps can be caused by eating too much or having gas, or even from the menstrual cycle. If you suffer from infrequent, temporary stomach cramps then you shouldn’t have anything to worry about, just wait for them to pass. If you find yourself suffering frequently from stomach pain that last for long periods of time you may want to consider a consultation with a doctor just to rule out serious problems like appendicitis.

How do I prevent Stomach Cramps?

  • Track your diet and avoid foods that seem associated with the stomach cramps
  • Pass on pepper as it is recognized as an irritant.
  • Go for less fat and more easily digestible foods
  • Increase your fiber intake, gradually.
  • Avoid foods, like the cruciferous veggies, that can cause gas which in turn causes cramps.
  • Eat in moderation.
  • Rinse your beans so they are less likely to cause gas and cramps.
  • Avoid coffee and alcohol
  • Drink lots of water
  • Avoid milk where possible. It’s hard to digest and can cause stomach troubles.
  • Avoid laxatives, read side-effects of medication, and lay off over the counter medications like aspirin and ibuprofen.
  • Relax
  • Exercise regularly

What are the symptoms of  Stomach Cramps?

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Swelling

How Do I get rid of  Stomach Cramps?

  • Ginger helps to aid digestion and ease stomach pains. Fresh ginger is best so grab some and make some tea!
  • Peppermint is another herb that is excellent for helping to soothe the stomach and can also be enjoyed in tea form! You can also just chew on a mint leaf for the same relief.
  • Licorice, fennel and anise are all excellent choices in teas as well, but be careful. If you don’t normally like the taste of licorice this could make stomach pain worse and licorice can raise blood pressure to take with caution. You should not eat fennel if  you are pregnant.
  • Chamomile helps to soothe stomach aches and relax muscles.
  • Lemon water helps to sooth the stomach as well. It boosts digestion and helps to up hydration, both necessary for healthy processing of food.
  • Ease heartburn or indigestion with homemade antacids. Mix one or two teaspoons of baking soda in a cup of warm water and drink.
  • Use a hot pack to help relax the muscles and ease cramping in the stomach. Use for at least 15 minutes and reheat as necessary.
  • Drink a cup of rice water. It provides a barrier for the stomach membrane helping to relieve inflammation.
  • Lime and club soda help to boost digestion (like lemon) and encourage burping which helps to relieve pressure.
  • Make a cup of cinnamon tea to help improve digestion.
  • Make thyme tea. Thyme helps to reduce cramping, relieve gas pressure and stimulate digestion.
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