Did you know that when you start to feel a sharp pain in your lower-right abdomen, you should get to a hospital as fast as humanly possible? If you didn’t, your appendix could burst and you could be dead in a matter of minutes.
But that said, there are ways to avoid that unpleasant rush to the hospital altogether. Appendicitis usually happens to people between the ages of 10 and 30, and is the result of the appendix becoming blocked or obstructed, most often by stool.
The following is a list of precautionary measures you can take to prevent your appendix from becoming obstructed in the first place.
Ways to Stop Appendicitis Before it Hurts
- High Fiber Diet – eating foods with plenty of fiber is the easiest way to avoid developing appendicitis. Because a piece of hard fecal matter is usually the culprit, good digestion is the key to not having issues.Generally you should eat as many vegetables as possible including leafy greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli, and prunes, as well as fresh fruits and pumpkin seeds. Too much meat and dairy should be avoided.
- Drink a Lot of Water – you may be tired of hearing the benefits of drinking plenty of water, but it is very important to preventing appendicitis. Being properly hydrated helps your bowels to move regularly and flushes out toxins from your body. Similarly, avoiding alcohol and caffeine is recommended, since they both cause dehydration.
Ways to Ease Appendicitis Pain Once it Hurts
Even if you eat right and drink enough water, appendicitis can happen. Roughly 1 in 15 people get their appendix removed at some point, so it’s also important to know natural ways to deal with the pain. These are not a substitute for going to the hospital, but can help lessen the symptoms throughout the experience.
- Mint – is a great herb for relieving pain, treating gas, and reducing nausea. After you have your appendix removed you may experience these sorts of symptoms for a few days. Chewing on fresh mint leaves will help reduce their severity, or you can place the leaves in a cup of boiling water and brew a simple mint tea.
- Fenugreek – is another home remedy for relieving pain and nausea, while also having the added benefit of removing intestinal waste and excess mucus. You can cook food with the seeds, or once again make a tea. I personally swallow a spoonful whenever I have a sore stomach.
- Castor Oil – sometimes putting things on your stomach pain helps to make it feel better, but things like heating pads are not advised when dealing with appendicitis. Instead, castor oil can be used to help reduce your inflammation.To do this, first fold a flannel cloth a few times and then pour 2 tablespoons of the oil onto it. Next, lie down and place the cloth on the inflamed area.
- Garlic, Ginger and Lemon – all three of these foods have natural anti-inflammatory properties. You can eat raw or cooked garlic. You can drink ginger tea or lemon water. All are good ways to help relieve the pain.
- Basil – is particularly good for dealing with a fever, which often accompanies appendicitis. You can make it into a tea, or use it in your cooking.
Appendicitis can be a very painful experience to go through, so it’s best to try to avoid it altogether. But if you do experience pain in your lower abdomen, nausea, vomiting, gas, swelling, or a slight fever, get to the emergency room immediately. Once your appendix is removed, I hope these suggestions will help you through a speedy recovery.