I’m no stranger to stomach pain and bloating. You can even call it the fancier term “digestive distress” and I’d be like – I feel you dawg. For me, this is part of the joy of being diagnosed with two autoimmune diseases – but really, any of us can get stuck with stomach pain from time to time.
While the causes of stomach pain and bloating can be a variety of things, such as anxiety, stress, poor diet, not enough water, IBS, taking too many prescriptions, or even a bonafide health problem, one of the more common reasons for chronic stomach pain and bloating is inflammation and leaky gut.
What The Heck is Leaky Gut?
The remember the first time I heard the phrase “leaky gut”. I was copywriting a video for a health supplement company and had to go into deep detail on all the elements of leaky gut, while also describing visuals that could go along with the copy. The general idea is that toxins and bacteria begin to leak out of the intestinal lining of our intestinal tract and then just swim around in our bodies wreaking havoc and making us sick.
I definitely had a stomachache after learning all that. Gross.
But, learning a lot about leaky gut has also helped me discover some easy, natural remedies that I use at home when I start to feel more inflammation in my abdomen than normal. I’m not 100% sure if I have leaky gut or not – but there’s a lot of research out there that says that many autoimmune diseases and other digestive issues are related to having it – so I forge ahead with that assumption that I did (or do), just in case. The protocols for healing leaky gut also help with other things anyway, so – win win.
If you want to learn more about leaky gut, I highly recommend this article.
Natural Remedies for Stomach Pain & Bloating:
If your stomach pain and bloating are from things like leaky gut or inflammation in your digestive tract, then these natural remedies should help! But, keep in mind, I’m not a doctor – just a researcher and guinea pig that is sharing what has worked for me. Advocate for your own health, do what works for you and absolutely see a doctor if needed. Some links below are also affiliate links.
1. Drink Celery Juice:
Yep, you read that right. Celery juice has become popular lately, thanks to the book by the Medical Medium, followed by a slew of celebrity endorsements and people sharing their celery juicing trend on social media.
Oh hello, that’s me.
So, I decided to try it out for two weeks and report everything I experienced and learned in a blog post that has become one of the most read blog posts ever in the history of my blog.
Turns out, a lot of you are looking for natural remedies for digestive ailments, too.
Well, celery juice is a really easy win when it comes to digestive distress. When I really need to get the inflammation down, I start celery juicing again and try to enjoy my cup of celery juice for breakfast. It is one of my go-tos for stomach pain that has almost instant results.
It’s seriously amazing. Read the entire post on how I make celery juice and the juicer I use.
2. Do a Castor Oil Pack:
These are easier than they might sound. I give a very easy step-by-step to how to make and use castor oil packs in another post, but I’ll share why they are so good here, too.
Castor oil packs use the powerful anti-inflammatory and cleansing benefits of castor oil combined with the warmth of heat to give you an incredible natural remedy for stomach pain, bloating, and tons of other abdominal ailments. Here are just a few benefits of castor oil packs:
Aside from everything that is already said in the statement above, avoid lying down. When the body is horizontal, the acid in the stomach is more likely to travel backward and move upward, which can cause heartburn. People with an upset stomach should avoid lying down or going to bed for at least a few hours until it passes. Someone who needs to lie down should prop up their head, neck, and upper chest with pillows, ideally at a 30-degree angle.
Thanks for this tip! Heartburn can definitely cause an upset stomach or make it worse for sure!
Thank you for sharing this with me I need this idea for me I hope this helps my stomach been hurting at 1:30 am in the morning and happy new year 🎆 day I went to bathroom a lot
I hope you find some relief and one of these ideas helps you!