Contributed by: Rachana Arya

Introduction

The most common ailment, besides back pain, happens to be a headache! 

It is one of the most widely prevalent conditions affecting most individuals at some point or the other in their lives. 

An episode of headache can happen due to multiple reasons. Common reasons include – allergy, high blood pressure, and low blood sugar. 

The past few years have witnessed an alarming rise in headaches owing to bad food habits, lack of sleep, unrelenting stress, lack of physical movements and sedentary lifestyles. 

Another reason that may trigger headaches is gastrointestinal problems. 

Let’s understand a gastric headache and how to manage it

Essential facts about gastric headache

The gut and brain link is well-established. Some people have headaches due to problems in the gastrointestinal system.

What this means is that the body has not been able to digest the food, as a result, gaseous substances may accumulate in the stomach, which could lead to episodes of headaches. 

These headaches can become more and more severe, as the levels of carbon dioxide grow in the body.

Since you must simultaneously manage your headache and gas, gastric headaches are annoying and inconvenient. Your health could suffer if you don’t handle this double concern. 

It is therefore advised to eat and avoid certain foods and drinks for relief in such situations. 

Read the article further to know about some effective foods to treat gastric headaches.

Basil leaves

Basil leaves are helpful in providing instant relief from acidity and the headache caused by any stomach-related problems.

Basil contains analgesic and calming properties that can help in relaxing your muscles. You may chew raw basil leaves or make a cup of basil tea by boiling a few leaves in a cup of water.

Buttermilk

If you have a headache due to gas, buttermilk (chaas) should be the first natural solution in your mind. As per Ayurveda, buttermilk is included in the sattvic diet. It has lactic acid, which can help in balancing gastric acidity.

Lemon

One of the simplest yet effective remedies to cure a gastric headache is lemon water. Simply squeeze a few drops of lemon in lukewarm water to get rid of gastric headaches.

It can help to quickly get rid of trapped gas and to ease headaches. Additionally, it has been proven that having lemon water early in the morning can keep your digestive system healthy.

Ginger tea

While ginger is best known as a calming remedy for indigestion, nausea, and upset stomach, this spicy, aromatic root may also be used to relieve headaches caused due to trapped gas.

Basically, ginger contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that treat gastric headaches. You can stir half a teaspoon of ground ginger into a glass of water and drink the juice.

You may also drink hot tea made from a small piece of ground ginger. Drinking this concoction before or after a meal enhances the secretion of saliva, gastric juices and bile production.

Cinnamon

This natural remedy is very effective in providing relief from headaches and treating gas or acidity as well. To use it, you can take some cinnamon sticks and add them to your hot cup of ginger tea.

Coriander juice

Coriander juice is an age-old home remedy.  Its anti-inflammatory properties have long been lauded for its ability to treat gastric headaches.

You may prepare it at home by blending coriander leaves with water. Rock salt, honey, and cumin seeds can be added for flavour.

Apple cider vinegar

To improve digestion, apple cider vinegar can aid in raising stomach acid levels. It helps to prevent and relieve acidity, bloating, and gas.

Another benefit of ACV is that it can relieve different kinds of headaches. You can consume a half-glass of water with one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of honey each day to employ this natural cure.

Final thoughts

Never forget that making some modifications in your lifestyle habits and eating well-balanced food can lead to good health. Incorporating these corrective behaviours into your lifestyle becomes all the more important if a stomach headache threatens your well-being and mental health. 

However, if your gastric headache do not disappear despite altering your food or lifestyle, you should speak with a skilled healthcare professional right away.

Moreover, it is always a good idea to get a regular health checkup done as it gives you complete health insight. 

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