And it burns burns burns...
November 12, 2012 7:48 AM Subscribe
Any tips for reducing/nullifying the ring of fire after eating spicy foods?
posted by Mons Veneris to Food & Drink (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
(Trigger warning for scatophobes!)
I've always enjoyed spicy foods, and lately I've been steadily increasing the spiciness by using hot-sauce, sambal, cayenne, etc. I'm talking going through a jar of Sambal Oelek in about a month.
I absolutely love the burning sensation in the mouth, and the rush from eating something really incredibly spicy is close to a drug. I love the eye-watering, the snot production, the stomach burning, everything!
BUT, and this is a big but, the resulting ring of fire 12 hours later is almost incapacitating. It's painful, it's constipating and it can really ruin my day. Whereas a normal bowel movement for me happens like clockwork and is over in 3 minutes, during an intense ring of fire session it can take over 30 minutes, with false-starts and copious TP usage. Even after I'm done, there's an afterburn that's highly disturbing and can take upwards of an hour to leave. This seems to happen whether I eat the peppers raw or cooked, regardless of the particular form of spice used (hot sauce, cayenne pepper or straight up peppers).
So, in this mildly unpleasant vein, does anyone have any tips for reducing the ring of fire? Maybe a pill or a substance I could ingest before or after consumption that would denature the capsaicin molecules in vivo?
(N.b.: In case any confusion remains, the "ring of fire" is the distinct and unpleasant burning sensation around one's rectum when passing a stool following the consumption of spicy foods. I'd guess that it's a simple mucous membrane reaction to undigested capsaicin in the stool, but I'm no doctor so what do I know)