An overview of Kratom Stomach Pain
In recent times, more and more people have been turning to Kratom not only as a means to boost their overall wellness but to also alleviate the pains that might afflict us in our day to day lives. It might come as a surprise, therefore, when this product suddenly ‘turns on us’ and starts causing us pains.
Even though a rare occurrence, using Kratom can result in digestive problems that may cause the user to experience discomfort or pain in their stomachs.
This article will address this issue by discussing everything you need to know about Kratom stomach pain.
How Does Kratom Cause Stomach Pain?
If you know anything about Kratom, then you know that some of its benefits usually result from the plant having an exceptionally high amount of alkaloids. These alkaloids usually interact with the brain’s opioid receptors to yield effects such as pain and stress relief, enhanced focus and alertness, higher energy levels, and euphoria.
However, before you can start experiencing those benefits, your body will need to absorb those alkaloids. It is during the absorption process where the digestive issues and stomach pains might start arising.
Typically, individuals who experience the symptoms of digestive problems are those that have sensitive stomachs or are new users. New users are especially prone to developing stomach pain upon using Kratom since the body has never been exposed to the substance before and, therefore, will react to it as it does to any foreign material, negatively.
Another reason behind Kratom stomach pain is using the substance while on an empty stomach. Even though taking Kratom on an empty stomach allows you to experience the effects faster since there will be no digestion going on, the substance will still trigger the digestion action, thereby releasing stomach juices, which may harm your stomach lining.
As such, eating something before you taking Kratom will help you avoid stomach upsets.
Is There a Relationship between Kratom Doses and Kratom Stomach Pain?
Kratom users are usually advised against exceeding their optimal doses to avoid some mild but unpleasant side effects. Interestingly, all the side effects of misusing Kratom are symptoms of digestive problems, such as an upset stomach, nausea, and vomiting.
This is why most Kratom experts believe that the majority of people that experience stomach pain after using the substance usually have overdosed on the product. People make the mistake of using high doses of Kratom following the belief that they will experience the benefits even with more intensity. Nonetheless, it typically turns into an awful experience.
This is why it is recommended that you adhere to the dosage guidelines that you are given when you purchase a Kratom product. If you are looking for more intense effects, then you would be better off buying a more potent Kratom strain.
How Do You Alleviate Kratom Stomach Pain?
The following are some remedies that may offer you relief if you experience stomach pain after using Kratom:
- Drinking a Lot of Water
One of the primary causes of Kratom stomach pain is dehydration. As you can remember, over two-thirds of the human body comprises of water because it is vital in virtually every process in our body.
Nonetheless, we also lose water at a high rate through sweat, urine, and feces. As such, we need to keep replenishing our water reserves to keep the body functioning at an optimum. Nevertheless, studies show that most people barely get enough water into their systems. In fact, most Americans consume less than half the recommended amount of water on a daily basis.
What’s more, we have made a habit of consuming drinks that only serve to dehydrate us even further, such as alcohol, coffee, and soda.
Getting back to Kratom and how it related to all this, you need to remember that Kratom powder comes from grounded Kratom leaves. Leaves, on the other hand, have an exceptionally high fiber content. Fiber allows us to avoid constipation by binding the waste products with water so that passing stool becomes a lot easier.
That process, however, requires a lot of water. As such, if you have not been drinking water and then you take Kratom, the substance will only dehydrate you further, and this might result in an upset stomach.
Therefore, one of the solutions to avoiding Kratom stomach pain is by drinking the recommended amount of water. This is about eight glasses of water per day. If you consume foods or drinks that dehydrate you, ensure that you drink even more water. Do the same if you exercise.
Also, you do not have to be thirsty in order to drink water; just make it a habit of keeping yourself hydrated. This might alleviate the stomach issues that arise when you use Kratom.
- Lower Your Kratom Dose
As mentioned earlier, some of the side effects of taking high Kratom doses is an upset stomach and nausea. Therefore, consider lowering your doses if this has been happening to you.
If you are a beginner, give your body time to adjust to the substance before increasing your dosage.
Nevertheless, some people do not take high doses intentionally; rather, it is the means they use to measure their dosage; that is the problem. For example, using your eye and a spoon to ‘measure’ the dosage is a bad idea since you are likely to go over your optimal amount by a few grams. And when it comes to Kratom, a few grams is all it takes to make all the difference.
To avoid such errors, consider getting a digital scale that will allow you to measure accurately.
- Include More Fiber and Probiotics Into Your Diet
The Kratom could only be exacerbating an underlying problem in your system. If you are experiencing stomach pain as well as constipation, it is likely that you have digestion problems, and adding fiber and probiotics could help solve that problem.
Your stomach contains good bacteria, which is known as gut flora that helps in the digestion of food and absorption of nutrients. However, some dietary choices can compromise the functionality of gut flora, such as consuming sugars in excess or using probiotics.
Fiber helps alleviate this problem by not only encouraging waste to bind with water but also by fertilizing gut flora, as well as regulating blood sugar and lowering the absorption of fat.
Therefore, consider incorporating foods that are fiber-rich into your diet, such as vegetables, fruits, legumes, and oatmeal.
Probiotics, on the other hand, contain live bacteria that are necessary for marinating a healthy gut flora. This will ensure that your body is well equipped to break down food and absorb nutrients adequately.
Good sources of probiotics include fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, yogurt, pickles, miso, kefir, and tempeh.
- Not Taking Kratom When Hungry
As mentioned earlier, taking Kratom while on an empty stomach is likely to trigger stomach pain, especially if you have a sensitive stomach. This is because most Kratom strains are quite potent.
Therefore, if you are used to taking Kratom on an empty stomach, consider changing that habit and start using the substance after you have eaten and see whether the pain will subside.
- Make Kratom Tea
If you have been ingesting Kratom powder directly, consider making Kratom tea and drinking it instead and see whether your stomach pains will subside. However, be sure to first strain the tea before drinking it.
Taking Kratom powder directly might be upsetting your stomach since Kratom does not contain soluble fiber. Thus, even though it does bind your waste material with water, it does not form the gel-like substance that slides through the gut.
As such, some of the material might stick to the walls of your stomach, thereby irritating your gut lining. This especially occurs after you have eaten foods that contain high amounts of protein and fat.
Getting Kratom into your system by drinking its tea will allow you to circumvent that problem.
- Obtain Your Kratom From a Different Vendor
If you have tried all the above and you are still experiencing stomach pains after using Kratom, it is time to consider that you may be using low-quality Kratom.
Unfortunately, Kratom is not yet regulated by any governing body such as the FDA, and, therefore, unscrupulous vendors can slip through the cracks and pose among legit vendors.
This is why it is especially crucial that you perform a background check on a vendor before you purchase from them. Always ensure that your vendor has a good reputation on the market.
Even if your vendor is credible, consider getting your next batch from another reputable vendor and see whether there will be a change.
While Kratom is renowned for its immense health benefits, it can sometimes result in side effects that might make its use uncomfortable and unsustainable. If you have been having problems with Kratom stomach pain, consider utilizing the remedies above to see whether things will change.
If you continue having problems, seek the advice of a qualified physician to ensure that you do not have an underlying problem.