As I've gotten older I've noticed that certain foods, while they taste wonderful going down, simply don't get processed by my digestive system quickly enough for me to feel good. I don't always get a full-blown stomach ache, but sometimes I just become a little nauseous, gaseous and uncomfortable. While being lactose intolerant is a popular state of being these days, I feel that most people, if they ingest too much dairy, will feel uncomfortable.
So how can you avoid stomach pain and upset naturally? Firstly, let us be clear that I am assuming more serious health issues such as cancer, infection, gall stones, liver disease and other medically involved ailments have been ruled out. This discussion is aimed purely at folks with run-of-the mill type stomach aches and of course, if you feel your symptoms are worsening or out of the ordinary, please consult with a physician or health care professional immediately.
That being said, what can you do when you go to your mother-in-law's cook out and come home happy but doubled over with what feels like cramps and won't move - either up or down or out?
The following are some tips which have worked for me and some are taken from other sources, as follows:
1 - Try to think of what you ate and associate it with other times in the past you may have felt similarly. It may be a certain spice, fruit, sugar or milk product. Avoid this in the future or be honest with yourself about how much you've had and don't repeat the same mistake.
2 - Drink hot tea! This can work absolute wonders in alleviating stomach problems of all kinds. Adding ginger, lemon or even lime can also make a big difference in making you feel better.
3 - Place a hot water bottle, heating pad or hot washcloth on your stomach or abdomen; wherever the pain is. This can relax your muscles and loosen up the gas bubble or help the blood flow to your digestive tubes and help things get moving easily.
4 - Massage yourself or have someone massage you. Intuitively, you might think that I mean to massage your stomach - which can help a great deal.