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Home Remedies - Stomach Cramps and bloating - McDowell's Herbal Treatments

Simple treatments for stomach cramps and bloating

Wild mint was used by all the nations as an aid in digestion. It was steeped in water for the patient to drink. Menthol, the active ingredient in mint that gives it its characteristic flavor, is more concentrated in peppermint (Mentha piperata) than in spearmint (Menthe spicata), and is considered an aid in digestion and a stomach-calmer. Grow some mint in the garden or in a pot next to a door and it will always be there when you need it. 

Both Fennel and Ginger is usually contained in Gripe Water. Both have long been shown to be beneficial for easing nausea and pain for babies and adults alike. They are also effective for the discomforts of infant teething, gas and hiccups in adults.

Buy fresh ginger root, slice thinly or grate into hot water and sip slowly.

Use fennel seeds and seep in hot water. You can also chew the seeds. 

Ways to avoid stomach cramps

  • Forgo feeding frenzies. Eat slowly, chew your food well, and don't guzzle down drinks. Need help slowing your chomper speed? Try changing your eating environment. Instead of eating over the kitchen sink, set a place at the table. Add soft music and candlelight and you can't help but slow down.
  • Graze, don't gorge. Stomachs are very sensitive to overstuffing.
  • Hold off on eating if you're upset. Anxiety and eating don't mix.
  • Stick with noncaffeinated drinks. Coffee and colas make a tense stomach worse.
  • Go easy on cold fluids. Too much of your favorite icy cold beverage, downed too fast, can send your stomach into temporary but painful spasms.
  • Fill up on fiber. Fiber helps food move through the digestive system more quickly and so may reduce stomach and intestinal cramping.
  • Give your guts a 'time-out'. Allow a half-hour or more for big meals to move through your stomach before you engage in heavy-duty activities.
  • Then speed things up with a little walk. If you're feeling full after a sumptuous repast, try "walking it off" before you resort to antacids. Light exercise, especially walking, helps speed the movement of digested food through your bowels.
  • Try fasting. It's becoming a popular and scientifically-backed concept. 

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