20 Best Tips for Stomach Issues

For chronic stomach complaints such as heartburn, stomach pressure, gastritis and many other stomach problems, there are 20 simple measures that you can implement immediately – without much effort and usually completely free of charge. The first successes and improvements often become apparent after just a few days.

With 20 tips to help with stomach and other digestive problems

Our following tips will help you with almost all stomach complaints, indeed with all complaints that affect the digestive system in any form – whether heartburn, reflux, gastritis, nausea, flatulence, chronic diarrhea or constipation. All tips are free of charge. However, they are only useful if you implement them regularly and consistently!

With some points, you may doubt their effectiveness when reading because they sound so simple and unspectacular. But often the simplest measures are the most effective. So it’s better not to underestimate the following tips! Try them out first!

1. Take time to eat

Take your time to eat! Enjoy your meals and put away your smartphone or tablet. If you eat in a hectic pace, you can’t expect stomach problems to subside.

2. Chew each bite carefully

Chew each bite carefully until it has a porridge-like consistency. Often this tip alone can have an enormously healing effect on the stomach. This is because careful chewing relieves the digestive organs, facilitates digestion and improves nutrient absorption.

Wholegrain rice or whole meal bread, for example, only have the consistency to be swallowed after 50 to 60 chewing movements. Nuts also require a similar amount of chewing work. In the case of a leafy salad with herbs, there may be even more chewing movements before swallowing.

Food with a soft or liquid consistency (soups, porridges, smoothies, etc.) should not be swallowed without extensive salivation.

The better the food is chewed and salivated, the less work the stomach has and the better the food can be processed and utilized, the lower the risk of a nutrient deficiency and the higher the chance that your stomach problems will subside. Train chewing consistently. You will be surprised by the pleasant sensation in the stomach and abdominal area.

3. Eat only when you are hungry

Especially if you have stomach problems, only eat when you are hungry! Don’t let other people, the time or schedules tell you when to eat. Your body knows best when it needs food and when it doesn’t.

If, on the other hand, you eat when you are not hungry at all, then you not only promote discomfort and ignore the signals of your stomach. They also promote obesity and unlearn to listen to your body and recognize its needs.

Don’t overeat either. So don’t eat until you drop. Stop in time!

4. Eat little or nothing in the evening

In general, a late evening meal – possibly close to bedtime – overloads the stomach, promotes obesity and promotes cardiovascular disease. According to the latest findings, however, this only applies if you eat A LOT in the evening. However, if you stay below 200 kcal during your evening meal, evening meals can also be beneficial ( 1 ).

Of course, it depends on your everyday life how best to plan your meals. Maybe you do sports in the afternoon or evening or had a lot on your plate during the day, so that you had no rest to eat and now have to go to bed hungry without dinner, which you shouldn’t do either.

However, the later in the evening you eat, the smaller, lighter and more tolerable the meal should be.

5. Don’t eat too hot and not too cold

Don’t eat too hot and not too cold! A sensitive stomach does not cope well with temperature extremes. He can process the food best when it is at least at room temperature. So if you have stomach problems, don’t eat or drink anything directly from the refrigerator or directly from the pot that is still steaming. Let your food cool down a little first.

6. Don’t drink anything with food

Don’t drink anything with food! Even though it is claimed that it is a myth that you should not drink anything with food, try it for yourself first. Because it often turns out that it is good not to drink anything with food – especially if the stomach is already weak.

It is better to drink a glass of water an hour before eating and then again an hour after eating. This is because drinks can dilute the digestive juices and thus make digestion more difficult.

The same applies to soups, smoothies and shakes, of course. Salivate these “liquid foods” well and eat them very slowly.

7. Choose the right drink for the stomach

If you have previously drunk sugared or flavored or alcoholic and/or caffeinated beverages or those with sweeteners, make the switch. Drink less coffee and less alcohol! It’s better to leave out the latter altogether! Instead of coffee, you could try green tea, which lacks the roasting substances that often cause problems for the stomach.

Try non-carbonated drinks, preferably plain water. If you don’t like this, drink tea that tastes very good at room temperature (i.e. does not necessarily have to be drunk hot), e.g. lemon balm tea, ginger tea, liquorice tea, chamomile tea, rooibos tea or herbal tea blends – and alternate from time to time so that you do not drink one and the same type of tea all the time.

However, carbonic acid is not harmful to every stomach. So test for yourself here what is good for you and what improves your stomach complaints.

8. Don’t eat dessert!

Desserts are often high in sugar and fat. No matter how healthy the main meal was, a sugary dessert can ruin all the healthy efforts. The sugar irritates the intestinal flora, promotes fermentation processes in the stomach and intestinal area and confuses blood sugar and insulin levels. Therefore, leave out desserts. This point alone can significantly improve chronic stomach complaints.

If you find it difficult to live a dessert-free life, then take a small spoonful of xylitol in your mouth instead, make a mouthwash with it and spit out the xylitol again. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that is effective against tooth decay and plaque, but tastes so sweet that it can satisfy the desire for sweets even with a mouthwash.

9. Avoid colorful mixes

Your stomach hates motley mixtures of many different foods, each of which is a disaster when eaten on its own, such as this popular menu: aperitif, ready-made salad with ready-made dressing, pizza, red wine, ice cream sundaes, coffee.

Apart from the mixture of different foods, the ready-made salad can be contaminated with germs, which is of course also not good for the stomach.

It is better to eat more simply, such as steamed vegetables with herbs and sea salt. Either a carbohydrate-rich side dish, such as potatoes, millet or quinoa, or a protein-rich side dish, such as tofu, tempeh or – if you still eat animal products – eggs, fish or meat (all organic).

So focus on fewer ingredients and fewer courses. Because the more ingredients are mixed into a meal, the more exhausting it becomes for the stomach. If your stomach is very sensitive, then try the Dr. Stanley Bass method, which we explain in our article on the correct order of eating.

10. Recognize intolerances

Also observe whether you may not tolerate individual foods or individual ingredients or even certain food combinations and put together your diet individually.

Nuts, for example, are generally well tolerated. However, if you roast nuts and serve them in a dish together with fat, they seem to be able to quickly lead to heartburn in many people.

Certain combinations also quickly cause heartburn or other stomach problems. If the food is eaten individually, on the other hand, it is tolerated. Critical combinations could be the following: dairy products with cereals, cereal products with sugar, grains with protein, grains with fruit, etc.

If in doubt, also have possible intolerances clarified, e.g. lactose intolerance, histamine intolerance, sorbitol intolerance, fructose intolerance or gluten intolerance.

11. For stomach problems: many small meals or intermittent fasting?

“Eat many small meals throughout the day instead of fewer large meals,” people with stomach problems are often advised. However, it is usually more difficult to organize high-quality small meals several times a day and eat them in peace than to concentrate on a few main meals.

Moreover, if you eat in peace, and also consciously chew every bite carefully, you can practice intermittent fasting if you have stomach problems, in which you ideally eat only two meals a day. In this way, you can enjoy the health benefits of intermittent fasting. However, proceed in the way that is best for your stomach!

12. Leave out unhealthy foods

From now on, it is best to leave out clearly unhealthy foods if you have stomach problems. The unhealthiest foods include:

  • anything that contains sugar and white flour (sweets, cakes, pastries, fruit yoghurt, desserts)
  • very fatty foods
  • Sausage and cheese
  • Alcohol
  • Smoked
  • Fast food
  • Ready-made products (e.g. ready-made sauces, ready-made dressings, seasoning sauces, soft drinks and anything with long ingredient lists on the label)

13. Cook for yourself

Whenever possible, prepare your own meals from fresh ingredients. Avoid ready-made products as much as possible and also avoid long cooking, frying and frying at high temperatures. Only steam or cook your meals gently.

Ready-made products that may not be completely avoided (e.g. bread, oils, vinegar, spreads, etc.) should only be bought in high-quality organic quality from natural food retailers.

14. Don’t season so much for stomach discomfort

Spicy meals have several disadvantages for the stomach:

The spices irritate the stomach.

  • Heavily spiced food often causes overeating.
  • Strongly spiced food makes you want to make a dessert that you wanted to get rid of for the sake of your stomach.
  • Strongly spiced food makes you thirsty, so you drink with food, which is not so good for your stomach.

If you have stomach problems, it is better to season only with a little herbal salt and use fresh or dried herbs or natural spices that are also good for the gastrointestinal tract, such as caraway, cumin, coriander, fennel, rosemary, turmeric, ginger, etc.

15. Eat more superfoods!

Eat superfoods like green smoothies more often, but drink them very slowly. You can spice up green smoothies with ingredients that are particularly good for your stomach, such as fresh turmeric root, ginger, cinnamon, peppermint or even the corresponding essential oils for the stomach (e.g. cassia cinnamon, peppermint or chamomile).

16. Take care of good stress management

Good stress management is particularly important for stomach problems. Yes, the entire digestive system suffers when you are stressed. In addition to meditation, yoga or simply quiet moments, good stress management can also include an abdominal self-massage:

An abdominal self-massage is very easy to learn, costs nothing (except a few minutes of time) and has an enormous effect on gastrointestinal health.

17. Take linseed oil or flaxseed slime

Maybe you already have linseed oil at home? According to studies, the oil from flaxseed has an ulcer-inhibiting effect in the stomach. In studies with animals, linseed oil or soaked flaxseed was even better able to protect against stomach ulcers than the commonly used conventional medicine drug (ranitidine) – although the oil protected even better than soaked seeds ( 2 ). The 1 to 3 daily tablespoons of linseed oil recommended for a healthy diet are therefore particularly helpful for people with stomach problems.

However, make sure you use high-quality linseed oil. Only buy organic linseed oil and only where the linseed oil (in the dark glass bottle) is in the refrigerated section. Store it in the refrigerator at home and consume it quickly, as it only has a shelf life of a few months!

We explain how to make and use soaked flaxseed in our article on home remedies for colon cleansing, as mucus is very healing not only for the stomach, but also for the intestines.

18. Eat okra from time to time if you have stomach problems

If you have stomach problems, eat okra from time to time. The vegetables from Africa and Southeast Asia form mucilage during cooking, which protect the stomach and intestinal mucosa and provide a good breeding ground for the healthy intestinal flora. The healthier the intestinal flora, the healthier the stomach.

19. Check medication and test alternatives to acid blockers

If you are taking medication, check whether it could be responsible for your stomach problems. If you have already been prescribed acid blockers for your stomach complaints, then you may find alternatives here. Of course, you should discuss these with your doctor.

20. The most important rule for stomach problems

However, the most important rule of all the previous ones is: Don’t just read through this, implement it! Because only if you change habits will something change in your condition and your stomach problems will get better or disappear completely.

Stomach Issues

Make your booking today

Recommended Products

Holistic Approaches to Helicobacter Pylori

Stomach complaints such as heartburn, gastritis and stomach ulcers are becoming more and more prevalent. The stomach bacterium Helicobacter pylori is said to be involved in this situation. Conventional medicine fights the stomach germ with strong antibiotics. In some...

The anti-cancer effect of curcumin

For years, intensive research has been carried out on the traditional Ayurvedic medicinal plant turmeric and in particular on its secondary plant substance curcumin. As a beacon of hope in cancer therapy and a preventive dietary component against inflammatory diseases...

DIY Natural Antibiotic

Conventional antibiotics do not have the best reputation due to their side effects. But would you have thought that some foods - properly combined - also have an antibiotic effect, without any unpleasant side effects? We present you with a recipe that you can use to...

Artichoke Extract

The artichoke is an ancient medicinal plant. In the form of artichoke extract, it can be used for the symptoms of a nervous stomach, promote bile flow and aid digestion. The extract is also very helpful for flatulence or detoxification. You can find out here what...

"The colonics at Vitalis are just the best. I love the attention, caring and pampering experience. From the ayurvedic belly massage to the hand and foot reflexology and the ever so gentle flow of water. The depth of release I experience on all levels every time is incredible. Being a yoga teacher I like to treat my body as a temple and internal cleansing will always be part of this."

Suzi S., Byron Bay

“The level of service you provide is fantastic. Having been a customer for many years, I am consistently impressed by the professionalism. And I love flying in from Germany to see you. Thank you!”

Inge Lorenz, Germany

The colonic was one of the best experience I’ve ever had. Ela was absolutely fantastic. She is very gentle and really professional. I was feeling at ease knowing I was in perfect hands at that time. Later on I was given some good advice about a liver cleanse.

Stephanie M., Tweed Heads