How to settle an upset stomach

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Ridding yourself of stomach pain, stomach ache symptoms and potential irritable bowel syndrome with a few quick tips

Having stomach pain is never nice. In fact, having an upset stomach usually stops us from running. And no matter how much coffee we drink to flush out some… issues, sometimes it takes a little bit more than a quick drink.

While stomach pain is probably nothing to worry about, and given time it’ll be even less to worry about, it’s undoubtedly a day-changing event; no one can even concentrate properly let alone workout.

So, if stomach aches are becoming a problem for you and your fitness lifestyle what can you do?

From avoiding spicy foods to using ginger ale right, most stomach aches have an identifiable source, and therefore an identifiable fix. With abdominal pain from certain foods and inflammatory bowel disease from a terrible diet, we’re all at risk.

So let’s get to it.


Preventing stomach pain and relieving current stomach aches can both be done via the right diet. Easy-to-digest foods and clear liquids both help the digestive system to stay efficient and natural. Certain foods like beer (or other fizzy drinks) can release overloading gasses into the stomach after you drink them. I’d also avoid citrus juices; acidic drinks can lead to other symptoms too.

Here’s a list of great foods from Boots –

• The BRAT diet (banana, rice, apple sauce and toast) for diarrhoea 

• Mint, peppermint or spearmint 

• Cinnamon or cloves to help ease digestion

• Cloves

• Coconut water to help replenish high levels of potassium and magnesium, and to assist rehydration

• Lemon juice, baking soda and water to help with indigestion

• Chamomile tea

• An increased intake of fibre e.g. higher-fibre breakfast cereals, wholegrain bread and pulses such as figs to help ease constipation” 


Bringing plenty of fluids on board is a classic way to help alleviate stomach pain. Vomiting (always watch out if you’re vomiting blood) and diarrhoea can cause massive dehydration, so be sure to take on plenty of water to avoid dehydration and the stomach issues that can come with that. But make sure you have sips of water, or try sucking on ice chips to help with slow intake; too much impact or volume in the stomach can cause a host of issues.

Some causes

It’s also beneficial to know where a lot of this comes from. You could have any of the following, so be careful –

  1. pneumonia
  2. myocardial infarction
  3. strangulated hernia
  4. peritonitis
  5. bowel obstruction
  6. appendicitis
  7. pancreatitis
  8. kidney stones
  9. ovarian cysts


To summarise, if you have an upset stomach, then do something about it. Don’t just let yourself suffer in pain, affect your fitness routines and sacrifice good mental health too. Avoid too much spicy food, eat raw vegetables and do all of the things your mother told you growing up – she was right.


What should I do if the pain spreads to chest pain?

You should seek medical advice immediately.

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