There are 2 common causes of digestive pain. First, emotional problems such as anxiety and depression. Second, a regular intake of drugs that irritate the stomach. That means each and every one of us is at potential risk of experiencing such problems. We live in constant stress and prefer to take a painkiller to eliminate our symptoms instead of treating the actual cause.
Doctors suggest some alternative methods of dealing with indigestion and constipation rather than taking painkillers. Know how to act immediately if pain occurs, like changing your dieting routine, and stuffing the cupboard with useful herbs.
1. Use warmth to relieve pain.
A warm compress can significantly ease the pain you experience from irritable bowel syndrome. Both an electric and rubber warmer (or heating pad) will do. Never place a warmer directly onto the skin – there should be a layer of clothes to avoid a burn.
If you don’t have a warmer, a good old hot cloth compress will do too. And in the case of constipation, you can also take a warm bath with Epsom salt.
2. Drink baking soda.
Baking soda works because it contains sodium bicarbonate with an ability to treat acid reflux. It neutralizes stomach acids and relieves the symptoms of heartburn for some time.
Dissolve 1/4 tsp of baking soda in a glass of water and drink it all. Remember that you shouldn’t mix soda with other medications for at least 2 hours. It slows the rate at which your body absorbs some things and can, in turn, change the way other pills work.
3. Don’t lay down flat – lift your upper body higher.
Lying flat in bed is not the best option when your stomach aches. In this position, your throat and stomach are at the same level, and stomach acids can easily flow up and cause heartburn. Either sit up in bed when you’re not sleeping or use a very high pillow during the night. Lift your head and upper body at 6-10 in.