One of the most common symptoms of food allergies is stomach ache. Although there are symptoms such as skin reactions, people also experience gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
People often confuse these symptoms with those of other health conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), gallstones or gallbladder inflammation, appendicitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), etc. (Also Read: IBS vs. IBD- Know The Difference)
But with food allergies, the remedy is to ensure that the allergen leaves the system. Sometimes even touching or inhaling the microscopic amount of the food allergen can cause mild to serious symptoms.
Fortunately, there are simple home remedies that can help one get relief from abdominal pain that is associated with a food allergy. Read along as we discuss them one by one.
Apply a heating pad or hot water bottle
When you apply a heating pad or hot water bottle over the place it hurts, the heat helps to ease out the discomfort and eliminates minor stomach cramps, spasms or aches. This remedy works by relaxing the tense muscles and boosting up digestion. To feel the soothing effects of the heat, it can take up to 10-15 minutes.
Mint has natural painkilling properties. Consume either raw or cooked mint leaves. You can also boil some mint leaves in winter with some cardamon to get instant relief. Mint is the most effective natural ingredient that can help with stomach pain. Mint leaves also-
-Reduce chances of vomiting and diarrhea
-Lower the muscle spasms in the intestines
-You can also consume peppermint candies or drink mint-infused cold water.
How about a glass of warm saltwater?
Commonly used for getting relief from a sore throat, drinking warm water with salt helps to treat stomach pain instantaneously. This is also known as saltwater flush. It cleanses the colon, treats chronic constipation, and thereby, detoxes the body. But make sure you don’t drink it in an empty stomach as it can further cause cramps, bloating and dehydration. So next time you have stomach aches, drink a cup of warm water with one teaspoon of salt.
Drinking lemon tea
Known for its good smell and test, this is one ingredient that can help in getting relief from stomach aches. The acid present in lemon juice, known as carbonic acid, pushes out gas and treats indigestion. Lemons is recommended as it digests and helps to absorb fats and alcohol. Next time you have stomach aches due to food allergies, make yourself a cup of hot lemon tea.
Trust the benefits of Ginger
Ginger is a natural ingredient that is used for several digestive issues including indigestion or an upset stomach. The natural compounds found in ginger-
-Curbs stomach acidity
-Speeds up stomach contractions
-Relieves nausea and vomiting
-Provides relief from stomach cramps and bloating
Consume ginger juice with food or tea. To reap the benefits of ginger for stomach ache, add some peppermint to the tea with ginger.
Hydration is important
The body tends to get dehydrated when someone is suffering from diarrhea or vomiting incessantly (in cases of acid reflux). Stomach pain can also occur when the body gets dehydrated. Hence, it becomes essential for people suffering from various digestive issues to keep themselves hydrated.
Taking a hot bath
When you take a hot bath, you immerse yourself in warm water that increases blood circulation in the body and relaxes the muscles. This not only eases out the abdominal pain due to food allergies or any other digestive issues but it also helps to get relief from stress. You can add bath salts or Epsom salts to soothe out the inflammation.
Consuming a BRAT diet
A BRAT diet includes Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast. One of the most common symptoms of people suffering from food allergies is diarrhea with stomach aches. As the BRAT diet is bland, it doesn’t irritate the stomach. BRAT works by stopping diarrhea and thereby the pain associated with it. In addition to this, the BRAT diet helps to retain important nutrients in the body and prevents the body from getting dehydrated.
Say goodbye to bad habits
A food allergy can also be triggered when smoke from cigarettes is inhaled. Therefore, if you are someone who smokes, it can further irritate the abdominal linings. People can also be allergic to alcohol or the smell associated with it. Hence, it is best to give up unhealthy habits such as smoking and drinking alcohol as these habits can worsen the symptoms of food allergies. (Also Read: How does alcohol affect Crohn’s Disease? )
Enjoy a cup of chamomile tea
Chamomile is rich in anti-inflammatory properties. Although there is limited evidence, but it points out to the fact that drinking chamomile tea gives a boost to the digestion process by reducing the risk of gastrointestinal conditions and relaxing the digestive muscles. A cup of chamomile tea protects the digestive tract from diarrhea, motion sickness, indigestion, stomach ulcers, nausea, and gas.
An extra tip- A cup of chamomile tea also works wonders for anyone suffering from acidity in the stomach due to any reason.
Soothe yourself with Rice water
Many people are still unaware of this simple yet effective home remedy. Ulcers or gastritis can also contribute to stomach aches as well as a burning sensation in the stomach. In such cases, drinking rice water- leftover water after you cook rice- can help in getting relief from the pain. Boiled rice water is rich in compounds that coat the stomach lining. The rice water tastes weird hence, drinking it can be difficult. You can add few drops of honey or lemon juice to add some flavor.
Can apple cider vinegar help?
Yes! Absolutely! Apple cider vinegar is known for its anti-inflammatory as well as antibacterial properties. So, if there is a stomach ache due to a bacterial infection in the stomach or due to acid reflux, making a drink with apple cider vinegar can surely help. Keep in mind to dilute the vinegar as its acidic nature can damage the teeth. You can add some honey to the vinegar if you want to improve the taste. (Also Read: Is Apple Cider Vinegar helpful for Dissolving Kidney Stones? )
Brew yourself a cup of cinnamon tea
To get relief from the painful cramps in the abdomen, make yourself a hot cup of tea with some cinnamon. Cinnamon is rich in antioxidants that help to encourage digestion by cutting down on bloating and flatulence. Moreover, drinking a cup of cinnamon tea also boosts up the digestive power. If someone is suffering from heartburn or indigestion, tea with cinnamon neutralizes it immediately.
Give a chance to gentle yoga practices
All the tips described till now are focussed on curing stomach aches internally. Why not try something different? There are a few yoga poses that can help to treat bloating and stimulate digestion. Some of the yoga poses that can help you get relief from stomach issues are-
Yoga practices work by massaging the organs and releasing the intestinal toxins from the body. (Also Read: 10 Yoga Poses To Get Relief From Chronic Constipation )
Help yourself with a bowl of yogurt
People who are prone to milk allergies should not try this. A bowl of yogurt can help you get relief from cramps by improving digestion and restoring balance to the gut. Yogurt contains a lot of probiotics (good bacteria).
Disclaimer- The above remedies are for informative purposes only. Restrict using the above-mentioned remedies if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. Make sure that you use these remedies only after proper consultation with the doctor or allergist.