There are times when honestly, it does become painful to eat, I have to admit. Like the first time I ate 불닭볶음면 (Nuclear Fire Noodles), my stomach couldn’t handle it for the first few times I tried. But there are ways that I have strengthened my tolerance level to be able to handle more dishes. So maybe my methods can help to increase your spice as mentioned below will help you too ?
Add a dose every time
A lot of people who aren’t fans of having spice in their food see it as a challenge. Or that trying it is too scary. Many people have the mistake of putting too much of a particular sauce or seasoning into their cooking or as they try a dish and realise too late they actually can’t handle it. Just up the dosage of spice slowly once you get used to the current amount and before you know it, you’ll be at the next level. Sort of like a game right?
Mix spice with another sauce
When I was younger and my dad gave me Encona sauce to put in my food, I used to put it together with ketchup to get used to the spicy taste. Mayonnaise and Sriracha is another good one to do, creating spicy mayonnaise. Then slowly but surely, I was able to pour tons of the sauce onto my food. It’s the same thing that I did with getting used to Scotch Bonnet sauce. And because of this, these days I can have it without mixing with another sauce.
Don’t think of the spice!
One important last thing is to not think how spicy it is but rather how tasty it will be. Psychologically, If you keep thinking or staring at the spicy dish, it’ll make you feel hot. It’s likely you’ll overthink the taste and it’ll go to your head. The best thing to do is just to lessen the thoughts and be confident in trying that first bite.
I’m sure if you take note of these tips, it’ll help you a lot in increasing your tolerance greatly. Good luck!