Stomach Pain: How Is It Caused & What Can You Do About It?
If you have stomach pain, it’s very important to understand what is causing it. The truth is that many factors could be causing or contributing to your pain.
One thing is for sure, if you want to permanently remove the pain so that you feel better, you’re going to need to find the root cause rather than simply taking medications to suppress the symptoms.
Different Types of Stomach Pain
There are many different types of stomach pain. I classify them into the following basic groups:
All these stomach pain symptoms have causes. The causes are often related to things being in your digestive system that should not be there. They are NOT antacid or painkiller deficiencies.
What can be in your digestive system that shouldn’t be there?
Let’s examine these three causes of stomach pain in a little detail.
Unfortunately our modern diet is full of foods that can irritate the stomach and intestinal lining. Any food that causes inflammation in your gut can cause pain.
Some common foods that irritate the delicate gut lining and cause pain are those containing gluten, cow’s milk, soy, sugar, coffee and alcohol.
Relieving and subsequently avoiding stomach pain can be as easy as removing certain key foods from your diet.
Even when the likes of H pylori or other digestive infections are present, altering your diet can still completely relieve all the different types of stomach pain listed above.
I highly recommend that you read The H Pylori Dietfor further information.
We classify micro-organisms into three main groups:
When these micro-organisms invade or proliferate too much, they can irritate the gut lining leading to inflammation and pain.
As you may know, H pylori infection can cause gastritis, which is stomach inflammation, as well as ulcers. But H pylori is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the different invaders that can take up home in your digestive system.
Other bacteria that we see frequently in clients’ stool test results are:
We also commonly see parasites in clients’ stool test results:
Finally, it’s very common to see folk in whom yeast and fungal overgrowth is causing problems. The most commonly known yeast and fungal organism is Candida albicans.
Any or all of these digestive parasites have the potential to create an inflammatory response in your digestive system, thereby causing pain in your stomach and/or intestines.
They can also ferment the food you eat, which gives off gases and causes bloating, wind and discomfort in your bowels.
If these digestive parasites have made your digestive system their home, getting rid of them may be the key element in reducing and eliminating your stomach pain.
Toxins & Chemicals
According to Dr Walter J Crinnion ND, there are now some 80,000 manmade chemicals in the environment.
Avoidance of many of these chemicals is impossible because they are in our environment and won’t degrade for many decades.
We eat them, drink them and breathe them and if that’s not enough, our dentists fill dental cavities with them and we plaster many of them on our skin for the sake of looking good.
These chemicals include:
Studies have not been done to assess the long term effects of these individual chemicals on our health and the cumulative effects of all these different compounds is simply not known.
What we do know is that toxins can cause inflammation. When we eat or drink them, they certainly irritate our stomach and intestines. In some people, toxicity certainly has the potential to cause stomach and intestinal pain.
How to Alleviate Stomach Pain
If you are eating foods that are causing pain, hosting microbes that are causing pain or harbouring toxins, I am sure you can see that taking painkillers or antacids won’t address the root cause of your symptoms.
Instead, the following steps are required: