No one likes having a stomachache. Whether it’s the repercussions of too many acidic foods and beverages or your belly is bloated with gas from too many burritos, a troubled stomach can be uncomfortable and painful. However, there are natural remedies for an upset stomach that can get you back to the wining and dining in no time.
Ginger is Great for More Than Cooking
Ginger is a great food to turn to when you are having tummy troubles. It’s easy to find in most stores and can be eaten raw, simmered and strained into a tea, or grated into another dish. All-natural ginger ales are also a good option if keeping food down is not working well for you.
There are two main chemicals in ginger that help with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Many pregnant women turn to ginger gum or candies to stave off morning sickness. If a product has ginger or the components gingerols and shogaols, it should help settle your stomach.
Ginger tea is a great way to feel better if you have an upset stomach.
Increase Your Water Intake
This one seems like a no brainer, but when people don’t feel well, they tend to forget that water is more important than ever.
Proper water intake will help to calm stomach acids and flush your system. When you start to become dehydrated your colon doesn’t have the proper amount of water to work correctly and you can become very constipated.
If you have diarrhea, you also need to drink more fluids, because they are exiting your body faster than it can be absorbed properly.
Men and women should be consuming at least eight glasses of water a day. If you are running a fever, have diarrhea, or are just working up a sweat, you need to increase your water intake.
If you have stomach diseases, such as irritable bowel syndrome or crohn’s, you need to make sure that you stay hydrated, even if your stomach is not cooperating.
Pregnant women especially need to increase their water intake, as their blood volume increased by 50%. While a growing baby might be the size of a peach, the mom could be gaining weight from increased blood volume. In order to maintain proper blood circulation, and avoid dehydration, water is incredibly important. During that first trimester, when she is struck with morning sickness, make sure the mom-to-be is staying properly hydrated to avoid a trip to the emergency room.
Use the BRAT
If you’ve ever had a child sick with a stomach bug, the pediatrician’s office probably told you to limit them to the BRAT diet. However, it works well for those of all ages.
BRAT stands for: Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast.
It is a bland, starchy diet that helps in binding food together. If your child is suffering from diarrhea, binding is the way to go.
An additional benefit to the BRAT diet is that none of the foods are acidic or harsh. If you have been vomiting or have a very queasy stomach, eating food that will irritate the throat and intestines is a bad idea. Sticking to bland foods, until your stomach has had a chance to rest and recover, is best.
Baking Soda Concoction
When you mix lime or lemon juice with baking soda and water it creates a carbonic acid. This mixture is a natural fix to reduce gas and indigestion.
The acidity component, of lime or lemon, is also great for helping to break down fats and assist with absorption, as well as cleanse the liver.
Simply add one tablespoon of your preferred citric fruit (lemon or lime), with one teaspoon of baking soda in an 8-ounce glass of water. Stir and drink. Repeat the process as often as is needed. While you are hydrating, with the water consumptions, you are also helping to calm your stomach and keep your liver happy.
Cumin has been used for centuries as a natural stomach ache cure. However, it is not recommended to treat those who are vomiting, as it can irritate the esophagus.
Cumin seeds can help:
- Reduce gas
- Reduce indigestion
- Reduce inflammation
Try mixing one or two teaspoons of ground or powdered cumin in with a meal. You can also make a tea from cumin seeds or powder.
Cloves are a natural gas reducing agent. Due to the fact that ingesting cloves can speed up digestion, it has a secondary effect of removing gas and nausea.
Simply mix one or two teaspoons of powdered cloves with one teaspoon of honey and eat it. You can also make a tea with the cloves and honey.