Now-a-days stomach illness is a very common problem. Stomach discomfort may be felt anywhere between the chest and groin. Always consult with a doctor if you have a serious condition or a long term illness. There are natural remedies that you may already have in your kitchen pantry that may help prevent or cure a stomach ache.
Lemons are known to provide a safe and fast natural remedy for stomach aches.
Indigestion is a common cause for stomach pain which results typically from overeating or not properly chewing food (eating too fast). Antacids can relieve stomach pain after eating, but the ingredients (salts such as magnesium, calcium, and aluminum) can be harmful if taken more than occasionally. Lemons or limes are a safe and natural remedy for indigestion.
Common sense would make you ask, “If there is too much acid in my stomach, and lemons have acid, why would I want to add more acid to my stomach?” Here's why. Excess acid in the stomach comes from harmful bacteria. Yes, lemons contain ascorbic acid (aka vitamin C), however this home remedy helps kill the source of the problem; the harmful bacteria. By contrast, antacids work on the symptoms of the problem; the acids from the harmful bacteria.
Calcium Montmorillonite Clay aka Kanwa Minerals is a unique remedy that works much like antacids by neutralizing harmful acids, as well as absorbing toxins in the stomach. It's one of the easiest natural remedies that are known to offer quick results. Homeopathic doctors recommend using a teaspoon of Kanwa powder and mixing with a 4-6 oz glass of water.
Ginger is another natural remedy for an upset stomach. It works on the symptoms by balancing the acidity in your stomach. Another benefit of ginger is faster digestion which will cut down on the time food spends settling in your stomach. This is what makes ginger unique among the other home remedies for upset stomach. You should not consume more than 1 gram of ginger in any given day as this may upset your stomach more. It's better to split this up into 3 or 4 servings each day.
For other herbal remedies, the Mayo Clinic lists peppermint and caraway oil as an alternative medicine for stomach pain. This is only for pain NOT caused by an ulcer. Visit their web page on abdominal pain here
BRAT stands for Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast. According to the National Institute of Health, the BRAT diet is commonly recommended in hospitals by doctors and nurses if diarrhea is associated with your stomach pain. The BRAT diet relieves diarrhea by introducing foods that are gentle, neutral in acidity, and absorb toxins. Over a day or two, the diarrhea will continue to lessen as you stick to these foods. Visit the NIH web page on the BRAT diet here.
You should not use the BRAT diet when your abdominal pain is accompanied by vomiting if your stomach pain includes vomiting.
Overeating is the most common cause of stomach pains due to eating. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Celery Seeds are another home remedy for abdominal pain. It is recommended to chew half a teaspoon of celery seeds, along with salt, followed by a glass of warm water.