With that in mind, I figured I would share a few of the avenues that have helped me survive the gastric reactions that can coincide with Pesach. These avenues were discovered through research online and combing through many a holistic health book. As I am not a medical professional however, please remember I am not endorsing the following, nor in any way claiming them to be catch-all, universal cures. Indeed, the following will not work for everyone, and may even have adverse effects if someone has a medical condition. Rather, since I have suffered tremendously over the years when eating matzah, I am posting these as personal experience testimony. Please digest this information, if you will, and proceed with caution. It is always best to consult with a medical professional, when possible.
The A Problem
If you are unable to digest wheat products due to food allergies, speak to your Rav about eating either oat shmura matzah or spelt matzah instead.
The C Problem
If you find that matzah sits undigested in your stomach for most of Pesach:
- Eat almost ripe bananas
- Eat raw pears, grapes, oranges, or apples
- Drink a strong, black cup of coffee (no sugar!) first thing in the morning
- Eat a tablespoon of olive oil once in the morning and in the evening
- Avoid excessive consumption of dairy products, eggs, meat, caffeine, or sugar
- Consume 3 tablespoons of honey through out the day
- Drink licorice tea
The D Problem
If you have the opposite reaction, and matzah passes undigested through your system:
- Eat ripe to very ripe bananas
- Eat cheese
- Eat baked/cooked apples
- Drink pomegranate juice
The following drinks can support proper functioning of the digestive tract.
- Mint herbal tea
- Ginger/ginger tea*
- Lemon water**
- Garlic water (crushed raw garlic in water)
** Add fresh lemon juice to taste (1/2 to 1 lemon) to a cup of water and drink first thing in the morning.
- Drink chamomile tea
- Drink warm water
- Drink tea with cardamom
- Drink a mixture of lemon juice, honey and ginger in warm water
- Eat/drink ginger (See ** above)
Hopefully some out there tries one of these and finds some relief. I know I am going to have to resort to a few of these in the coming weeks, and will be adding the necessary ingredients to my Pesach shopping list. More on Pesach preparations to come, bli neder.