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15 Natural Ways To Relieve Stomach Pain

15 Natural Ways To Relieve Stomach Pain

An upset stomach is no fun to deal with, but that doesn’t mean you have to go straight to a pill bottle for relief. Here are 20 natural ways to relieve stomach pain (no undesirable side-effects included!).  

1. Ginger

Peel and grate some fresh ginger from your supermarket and mix it in with some squeezed lime juice and a tablespoon of honey for a tasty treat that will offer relief. There are also many ginger teas available if you prefer an easier fix that doesn’t require much preparation.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water. If the flavor is too much, add a tablespoon of honey (is it me or does honey make everything better?).

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3. Bananas

This wonder fruit contains the polysaccharide pectin which helps produce natural (less runny) bowel movements.

4. Peppermint

According to a study by the University of Maryland, peppermint can offer relief from practically any stomach ailment you can think of. For example, peppermint helps indigestion by calming stomach muscles so your food can digest with better ease.

5. Chamomile

Did you eat something that didn’t agree with your stomach? Drink a cup of chamomile tea and enjoy its anti-inflammatory properties that should help you feel better.

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6. White Rice

Starchy foods like rice will coat the lining of your stomach, digest with relative ease, and offer you some relief.

7. Burnt Toast

If you wake up with an achy stomach, go ahead and fix your morning toast but burn it on purpose. The char (burnt portion) will absorb the toxins that are causing your problem. If the taste makes you say “eww,” just add a dab of jelly or honey and you won’t even notice.

8. Yogurt

If you’re lactose intolerant, please disregard this point. Otherwise, eat a bowl of yogurt for its probiotic qualities. Probiotics are live bacteria that will ease your discomfort and boost your immunity from sickness.

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9. Baking Soda

Pour a spoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Expect a burp to escape your lips, which will hopefully relieve any stomach pressure. This mixture provides an effect similar to antacids but without any unwanted side-effects. Squeeze in a bit of lemon for taste if you desire.

10. Cayenne

You might be surprised I would suggest eating a hot pepper to help with stomach pain but according to a study at NYU, cayenne can offer relief from stomach pain, bloating, and nausea.

11. Applesauce

Applesauce offers a high dose of fiber which will get the problem food moving through your digestive tract. If diarrhea is what ails you, natural applesauce just might be your best bet.

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12. Heat

Get a bottle of hot water or heated pad and apply it to your abdomen. This will increase circulation and blood flow in your belly (plus the warmth will be a comforting distraction from that pain). 

13. Water

If your stomachache is a symptom of that crazy night at the bar, a lot of your problem is due to how dehydrated you must be, so you gotta drink up (even if that’s the last thing you want to do). Stay away from caffeinated beverages which will just add to your problem.

14. Soup

The liquid in a hot bowl of soup will help you stay hydrated and is easily digested. Go ahead and add some crackers since they will go down easily and give you some much-needed energy.

15. Be Mindful

Becoming a mindful eater will help you create a happier future with food free from the stomach pain that ails you. Stomach pains are typically a result of eating too much, eating too fast, or eating the wrong things. If your stomach is upset regularly, start a food diary. Write down the foods you consume and how they make you feel (i.e. happy/energetic/fulfilled/nourished or sad/tired/unfulfilled/deprived). The problem foods should become clear in a hurry, so go ahead and replace them with better options that make you (and your stomach) happy. If you’d like to improve your relationship with food today, check out this list of over 100 quick-and-easy healthy foods.

Are you aware of any other neat home remedies that relieve stomach pain? If so, comment below.

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Daniel is a writer who focuses on blogging about happiness and motivation at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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