First of all… NO, it is not common to have a stomach ache if you are eating a balanced, 100% Paleo diet. Stomach ache remedies may be needed even when eating well.
However, if you are under a lot of concentrated stress, come in contact with some gluten, and do not stay on top of your food habits (including finding balance on your plate), your gut can definitely suffer some damage.
I am happy to report that it is working! Whereas I was having cramping/burning pain in my stomach after almost every meal, I have now only had two minor stomach aches since Sunday evening. I am so excited! Being able to eat good food without pain is such a treat!
During one of these stomach aches, I asked the following question on my Facebook Page:
When you are feeling icky, which PALEO FOOD soothes your stomach?
I got a lot of great answers, so I thought I would share them with you! If you have one to add, please comment below. I will share my own stomach-soothing practices at the end of this post.
Randy: Ginger root. I open two capsules, pour the powder into hot water, and drink it like a tea.
Liz: Chicken that’s been either boiled or roasted. Chicken broth and eggs.
Christine: Ginger tea. Fresh ginger simmered for about 10 min. Lightly (and I mean LIGHTLY) sweetened with raw honey, OR drink plain. It works every time.
Jaq: Camomile tea!
Karie: Scrambled or hard boiled eggs… not sure why, but it satisfies my hunger without adding to a tummy ache. It’s also my go-to food if I find that I need food right away (like when you get so busy that you forgot when the last time you ate was…) Eggs… are perfect.
Jessica: Get a 2″ knob of fresh ginger root, shave off the exterior. Take one half of an organic lemon—scrub the outside anyway—slice into thin slices, rind and all. Place in a tea pot of water that you bring to a whistle. Strain and drink with a bit of raw honey. Also, bone broth with natural/real salt.
Melissa: Scrambled eggs, and something, anything, with coconut oil.
Kari: I put sea salt on my palm and lick it. Then I don’t eat any food for several hours. It always makes my stomach feel better.
Angela: Greek Avgolemono: chicken stock, chicken, egg, lemon juice (I omit the rice to make it Paleo)
Marci: Goerge’s 100% aloe vera liquid = this stuff works miraculously!
Christie: Broth is number 1 for us. Also chamomile tea and ginger tea. And when we’re starting to eat again, but we can’t eat much, soft-boiled eggs, more broth, and coconut water.
Pamela: A spoonful of coconut oil. It’s wonderfully soothing.
Barbara: Poached eggs with butter melted on top.
Dianna: Ginger tea
HEALth: Coconut water, especially the Taste Nirvana coconut water with aloe.
Why so much ginger? According to “The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants,” it may help the digestive system as both an emetic–anti-vomiting–and an analgesic–pain killer. Interesting, huh?
My Most Effective Stomach Ache Remedy
This is what I do, and it always helps!
1. Down a spoonful of coconut oil. The oil helps coat the stomach and reduces burning.
2. Drink a mug of chamomile tea with an added blob of full-fat coconut milk. This is warm, creamy, neutral, and soothing. It relaxes intestinal cramping, and reduces anxiety.
3. If possible, take a warm bath with scented Epsom salts. My favorite scent is lavender… it calms nausea and takes my mind off my stomach. Make sure the bath is not too hot! That can make things worse!
Thanks to everyone who chimed in!