At some times in our lives, we might have experienced stomach pain. Sometimes, this pain may be acute(short-term) other times it may be chronic(long-term). Chronic pain includes inflammatory bowel diseases and irritable bowel syndrome and the symptoms may include diarrhoea, bloating, and constipation. While acute pain causes an upset stomach which includes food poisoning and viral gastroenteritis, followed by symptoms that include diarrhoea, nausea, and vomiting. This pain is usually accompanied by any of these symptoms, weight loss, bloody stool, swollen abdomen, fever, nausea, vomiting, and yellowish skin.
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According to Mayo Clinic, the potential causes of abdominal or stomach pain includes:
Urinary tract disease.
To treat, prevent, or relieve stomach upset or pain, Medical News Today recommend that the following foods should be consumed.
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According to Medical News Today, participants who had taken ginger supplements showed reduced disease activity and increased quality of life compared with those who took the placebo. Evidence also suggests that it contain anti-nausea and inhibit serotonin receptors and exerts anti-inflammatory effects on the gastrointestinal system. It can help to prevent heartburn, stomach pain, and diarrhoea.
2. Green banana
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Banana is a good source of pectin that can help to relieve upset stomach with diarrhoea. It is easy to digest and might help prevent further stomach upset. It also contains anti-diarrheal effects and other nutrients that can stimulate bowels to absorb more water and firm up the stools.
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According to a 2015 review on Medical News Today, the polyphenol in apples may help alleviate inflammation associated with inflammatory bowel disease. It can also improve the gut microbiome inside the digestive tract, regulate the immune response (thereby controlling inflammation), and protect the lining of the gut from damage.
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Bone broth contains glutamine, an amino acid that plays a role in maintaining the intestinal barrier that protects the body from harmful pathogens and toxins that may upset the stomach.
4. Herbal tea
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Herbal tea such as green tea, rooibos tea, jasmine tea, hibiscus tea, contains powerful phytonutrients such as polyphenols, flavonoids, and other powerful antioxidants that can lower inflammation, blood pressure, relieve constipation, soften stools, and keep bowel movements regular. Drinking water can also help to relieve stomach pain.
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Although oatmeal is a good source of fibre, it can aid digestion and improve digestive disorders. According to Havard Health Publishing, the fibre in oat is more effective than the fibre from fruits and vegetables and may reduce diverticular disease. It may also relieve faecal incontinence, irritable bowel syndrome, and other gastrointestinal disorders.
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Papaya that is commonly known as pawpaw contains a powerful enzyme, papain, that breaks down proteins in the foods we eat, making them easier to digest and absorb. It can relieve the symptoms of indigestion and reduce constipation and bloating. It can also eliminate intestinal parasites that may cause severe stomach pain and discomfort.
Meanwhile, some other foods may also contribute to stomach pains by worsening stomach pain and its symptoms due to the nutrients they contain. Examples of these foods are:
1. Spicy foods
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2. Soda drinks
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3. Fried foods
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5. Raw fruits and vegetables
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