11 Foods That Help Cure a Stomachache (Slideshow)
September 29, 2014
Settle your stomach by eating these soothing foods
Soothe Your Stomach
Luckily, there are natural ways to soothe that stomachache, many of which are available in your fridge or pantry. When your stomach hurts, it may seem like a bad idea to eat, but there are foods that can naturally alleviate some kinds of stomachaches. The BRAT Diet — bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast — is made up of bland foods that can help to settle upset stomachs. Even certain herbal teas have properties that can come in handy when stomach issues need taming. While food may or may not be the culprit, it could be part of the solution to your tummy woes.
Applesauce is easy on the stomach and can sooth it when it is upset. It is easily digestible and can ease diarrhea and also, since it's high in fiber,relieve constipation.
A well-known stomach soother, ginger can help ease nausea and curb diarrhea. With its carminative qualities, ginger can reduce gas and bloating. Plus, it can help with cramping pains and digestion. Make ginger tea, chew on ginger, or even suck on some ginger candies to help get your stomach on the mend. On top of all that, ginger is an antioxidant, so it can give your whole body a boost, not just your belly.
The cooling herb is another one-stop-shop for tummy troubles. Peppermint calms the digestive tract, helping to relieve stomachache symptoms right away. It can also minimize cramps and gas in a natural way. Peppermint improves the flow of bile, which is essential to digestion. That red-and-white-striped candy doesn’t just freshen breath; it can be a solution to stomach problems.
A warm cup of tea is always calming, whether it’s a relaxing ritual or cold relief, but herbal teas also soothe upset stomachs. Chamomile tea not only contains anti-inflammatory properties, but it also has sedative qualities. The sedative aspect relaxes the muscles of the upper digestive tract to relieve spasms and cramping. Peppermint tea packs the medicinal value of peppermint, alleviating symptoms from nausea to cramps.
Dairy isn’t the best idea when you’re doubled over with cramps or suffering from a stomachache; however, yogurt might be the answer to some other stomach problems. The live or active cultures found in yogurt increase good bacteria in the gut, which aids in digestion and in reducing bloating. These probiotic properties can even boost your immune system. Opt for plain yogurt when tummy trouble strikes, and eat it in moderation on a regular basis as a preventative measure.
It might sound a little rude, but the CRAP diet is a great way to get things moving and help push those tummy troubles out of the way. CRAP stands for cherries, raisins, apricots, and prunes. These are all foods that are filled with fiber, and it’s that fiber that will help get things going when you are suffering from constipation. Eat CRAP so you don’t feel like it.
Bland crackers are not that exciting to eat, but they can sure make your belly feel better when it’s unhappy. Like rice of the BRAT Diet, crackers are super digestible and soothing. It’s even possible that crackers can line your stomach and help to absorb that unwanted acid. Keep your pantry stocked with saltines!
Apple Cider Vinegar
Unlike its wine-based cousin, apple cider vinegar contains enzymes, nutrients, and bacteria, which have many medicinal and health benefits, including alleviation of digestive disruption. Some apple cider vinegar diluted in water with just a touch of honey is recommended to combat tummy woes including cramps and indigestion. It might even help relieve pain from heartburn.
Cinnamon can bring spice into your life, and it can also help lessen nausea and gas pains. A little in your applesauce or sprinkled on burned toast can definitely do your belly good.
Fresh fennel, fennel seeds, or even fennel tea can go a long way toward soothing painful cramping, gas, and bloating. Fennel works wonders on digestion and even reduces nausea from an upset stomach.