Stomach ache is very common. Almost everyone of us experiences it in an unexpected time and place and much worse is if we get it in our workplace.
There are many factors why we experience stomach ache, may it be a nausea, vomiting, bloating, fasting, or just a general stomach bug because of something you ate. You want that icky feeling to disappear right away so here’s some foods that will serve as ‘first aids’.
What can we do to alleviate our stomach pain, then? How do we choose the right foods to eat so that our stomach pain will be eased? In this article, we will help you choose the right foods you can eat to soothe your stomach ache.
- Papaya – Phase 1
Eating papaya encourages ease digestion and also contributes in easing constipation. Their digestive enzymes help breaks down the proteins and in turn soothes your stomach by promoting a healthy acidic environment. Papaya is also rich in sugar which helps regulate your brain to release a hormone named endorphin, which also soothes your stress and anxiety.
- Starchy Foods
Starchy foods are good to eat when you have stomach ache because they helps coat the lining of your stomach and they don’t add stress to your digestive system. Starchy foods also helps ease diarrhea by absorbing fluids and adding bulk to your stool. Some of the starchy foods you can eat are sweet potatoes (Phase 1 and 3), legumes (Phase 1 and 3), oatmeal and many more.
- Ginger – All Phases
Numerous studies have shown that ginger works well as an anti-nausea remedy and improves our overall digestion. It soothes your intestinal tract, lowers your blood sugar, relieves your sinus congestion and stimulates your body to burn fat. You can chew a piece of fresh ginger or steep then in a hot water for a soothing hot tea.
- Herbal Teas – All Phases
Hot, herbal teas are not only known for its best soothing effects, but the peppermint and chamomile components of these herbal teas has been noted for their stomach healing properties. The mint also helps to dilate your blood vessels, lowering your blood pressure and soothes your headaches.
Note: You can only use caffeine free herbal teas in fast metabolism diet. Some of these herbal teas are Ginger tea, peppermint tea, Pau D’arco tea.
- Broth – All Phases
The liquid and the salt content found in broths is a great remedy for an upset stomach and will keep you hydrated. When the salt is in your bloodstream, it helps draw fluid in. Just remember that if you have a high blood pressure, look for low-salt varieties of broth and you can still get the liquid benefit.
- Coconut Water – Phase 3
Coconut water contains natural sugar, electrolytes, vitamin C and potassium that helps soothe your tummy. Another bonus factor of coconut water is that it has no artificial ingredients, flavors, colorings and artificial sweeteners.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – All Phases
The acids found in apple cider vinegar aids and decrease your starch digestion. It then allows the starch to get to your intestines and keep the bacteria in the gut healthy. Apple cider vinegar can also lower your blood sugar, encourage weight loss and detox your body. You can mix the 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a water and a teaspoon of stevia or xylitol and sip it slowly.
Before popping some capsules and medicines, try some natural foods to ease the pain. Hope this list will help you choose natural medicine. But if you are unsure of the existing pain, better consult a physician.