10 Uncommon But Effective Ways To Stop Stomach Problems

There is nothing worse than dealing with constant stomach problems. Everyone has dealt with these issues at some point, and everyone understands the pain and discomfort involved. Even the most mundane tasks can become difficult.

There are countless reasons why people may develop stomach issues including acid reflux, stress, lactose intolerance and gastritis among others. Here are 10 little-known ways to stop these stomach problems and find some relief.

1. Ginger

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Ginger has a host of benefits for stomach problems. This root can reduce inflammation as good as aspirin or ibuprofen. Ginger also helps to promote blood circulation which helps to improve digestion overall. According to this study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information, ginger can also help relax the muscles of the gastrointestinal tract which can cause pain when stressed.

2. Burnt Toast

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You probably never would have guessed that burnt toast has a purpose. According to Vail Ranch Pharmacy, Temecula, CA, the carbon that results from char buildup helps to absorb toxins and can filter nasty microorganisms from entering into the gut.

3. Rice

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According to WebMD, rice is rich in starch and can help ease digestion problems with a soothing effect. In fact, all foods that have high concentrations of starch help to coat the stomach and reduce discomfort. Some other great options include potatoes and oats. These foods don't stay in the stomach long and don't trigger acid reflux.

4. Cayenne Pepper

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Cayenne pepper is good for more than making chili a bit spicier. This vegetable has a natural anesthetic that can help reduce discomfort and pain. According to Healthline, Cayenne peppers can also help to fight against peptic ulcers by reducing acidity levels in the stomach.

5. Heat

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To help reduce stomach pain, sometimes you have to think outside the box. In fact, there are some external methods that can calm down our bellies. When heat is applied to the outside of the stomach area, the surrounding muscles begin to relax and release tension.

This can be accomplished with a warm blanket or a bottle full of hot water.

6. Mustard

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Many people will be surprised to realize that mustard is good for more than just hot dogs or hamburgers. According to Organic Facts, mustard can have a tremendous amount of health benefits when taken each day. Mustard has antacid and strong anti-inflammatory effects which help to reduce and even heal stomach pain.

7. Club Soda

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Club soda is an old favorite for dealing with stomach pains. What may have been seen as an old wives tale is actually effective. Dr. Michael Greger M.D. FACLM, discusses the study conducted in 2002, in this video and examines if and how club soda can help with stomach pain.

The carbonation in the soda helps to counteract stomach pain by reducing stomach acid and prompting a burp or two. Burping is a great way to relieve tension built up in the stomach.

8. Peppermint

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Peppermint can always be used as the first line of defense against an upset stomach. According to this study published in ScienceDirect, this plant is rich in menthol which is a strong antispasmodic that helps to reduce tension in the stomach.

However, according to this report published by the University of Maryland Medical Center, it is not recommended to use peppermint if you are experiencing pain higher up in the digestive tract.

9. Yoga

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Several yoga positions help with the movement of food through the body. Certain angles and stretches can reduce stomach pain associated with digestion problems. Yoga is also helpful for reducing the stress that can cause many stomach issues.

10. Essential Oils

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Essential oils are another effective method for treating stomach pain externally. According to Healthline, oils such as ginger, pepper basil, peppermint, fennel, coconut, oregano, and argan can all be used to help with gas, diarrhea, bloating, IBS and even menstrual cramps.

Apply a few drops to the stomach area and massage gently. Essential oils are also a great way to boost your mood.

What are your views about these tips? If you found this article helpful, spread the word to friends and family who suffer from stomach pains.

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