Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes to help you control your nonulcer stomach pain.

Make changes to your diet

Changes to your diet and how you eat might help control your signs and symptoms. Consider trying to:

  • Eat smaller, more-frequent meals. Having an empty stomach can sometimes produce nonulcer stomach pain. Nothing but acid in your stomach may make you feel sick. Try eating a small snack, such as a cracker or a piece of fruit. Avoid skipping meals. Avoid large meals and overeating. Eat smaller meals more frequently.
  • Avoid trigger foods. Some foods may trigger nonulcer stomach pain, such as fatty and spicy foods, carbonated beverages, caffeine, and alcohol.
  • Chew your food slowly and thoroughly. Allow time for leisurely meals.

Reduce stress in your daily life

Stress-reduction techniques may help you control your signs and symptoms. To reduce stress, try to:

  • Identify current stressors in your life. Learn how to manage your stress. Exercising, if your doctor confirms that it's safe for you, and listening to soothing music may help.
  • Learn and practice relaxation techniques. These may include relaxed breathing, meditation, yoga and progressive muscle relaxation.
  • Pursue relaxing activities. Spend time doing things you enjoy, such as hobbies or sports.

Exercise most days of the week

Exercise may help you control your signs and symptoms. As you get started, plan to:

  • Talk to your doctor. Get your doctor's advice before beginning a new exercise routine.
  • Take it easy at first. Start your exercise program gradually.
  • Get regular physical activity. Aim for at least 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk of many chronic diseases.
  • Avoid exercising immediately after eating. Give your stomach time to settle.
Dec. 09, 2011