Q: Have you ever eaten so much spicy food that you couldn't quench your thirst afterwards? I'd be ever so grateful for some suggestions the next time I'm out eating a curry dish or indulging in a hot Thai meal.
~Hot to Trot
A: Here are 9 solutions that can be used by anyone to tamp down on the heat from spicy foods.
1. DGL = Deglycerrized Licorice is a supplement available in tablet form. Take 1, wait 30 minutes and take another if needed.
2. Aloe Vera Gel. 1-2 TBSP in a glass of water.
3. Bentonite Clay. 1-2 TBSP in a glass of water. Can add in 1-2 TBSP of Aloe Vera gel.
4. Ice---a temporary solution until you can find one of these other substances here!
5. Peppermint Oil. Pierce a capsule in your mouth and take a sip of water. Swish 30 seconds before swallowing. Can repeat again with another capsule after 30 minutes. Alternatively use ONE drop peppermint essential oil in a shot glass full of water. Swish each large sip 30 seconds before swallowing.
6. Bread. Gluten helps to coat the stomach like sand putting out a forest fire, but if you can't tolerate gluten, use untoasted gluten-free white rice bread.
7. Peanut Butter Oil. Scoop the top part (which is oil) from a new jar of organic or all natural peanut butter. It's often marked on the bottle that separation of the oil from the paste is common, which is why you have to give it a good stir :) Peanut oil can also work (so long as it's not rancid). Take 1-2 TBSP as is, or spread on untoasted bread (idea #6 above). Not for those with peanut allergies!
8. Kefir/Milk. Dairy has a slightly mucilaginous aspect that coats the stomach, similar to that "sand" idea of tamping down on a fiery reaction. Try 1 glass of organic milk (sheep, goat or cow). Sugar-free plain yogurt may also work.
9. Slippery Elm is a tree that has a mucilaginous property useful for inflammatory conditions such as leaky gut and acid-reflux. Use 1-2 TSP of the powdered herb in a cup of boiling water. Stir to dissolve. Let cool before drinking. You can add milk and stevia to sweeten if you like.
To calmer days ahead,
Originally Written in 2016. Updated 2020.
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