Stomach upset or stomach aches can be so painful, disturbing and make you grouchy. You tend to experience stomachaches at one point or another.
Many reasons are responsible for such painful experience. Most causes aren’t severe and the symptoms pass quickly. Generally, there’s no need to look further, but a quick walk into your kitchen can be the solution.
Bitters and soda
Most common bitters brands contain a blend of herbs such as cinnamon, fennel, mint, and ginger. These ingredients may be why bitters help ease nausea in some people.
Since ancient times, people have turned to ginger as a cure-all for everything from pain to nausea. It’s not just an old wives’ tale, either.
A natural anti-inflammatory, ginger is available in many forms, all of which can help. Ginger chews and supplements are easy to take; while other people prefer their ginger in beverage form. Try an all-natural ginger ale or chop up some fresh ginger root and make a tea.
Have you heard of the BRAT diet? Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast (BRAT) diet helps to calm an upset stomach. It can help nausea or diarrhea.
BRAT contains low-fiber, high-binding foods. None of these foods contain salt or spices, which can further aggravate symptoms. This diet is a go-to for when you’re feeling sick but still have to eat something. Try overcooking the toast; the charred bread is thought to reduce nausea.
Peppermint is often cited as a helpful fix for nausea and upset stomach; because the menthol in its leaves is a natural analgesic, or pain reliever.
Apple cider vinegar
If you can stomach it, try taking this acidic pantry staple; by the tablespoon to neutralize an upset stomach. If it is too strong, mix a tablespoon with a cup of water and a teaspoon of honey; and sip it slowly.
The acids in apple cider vinegar may help decrease starch digestion; allowing the starch to get to the intestines and keep the bacteria in the gut healthy. Some people take a spoonful each day as a preventive measure.
You might find a heating pad or hot water bottle soothing when you’re feeling sick; so cuddle up to your electric blanket and take it easy until your symptoms pass.
The warmth on your stomach will distract you from any cramping or pain; and the heat can help to relax your muscles and reduce your nausea. Don’t leave it on too long; however, as you can damage your skin from overuse.
However, some stomach problems sometimes do indicate a more serious problem. Prolonged vomiting puts you at risk for dehydration. Drinking small sips of water can help prevent dehydration.
Go see a doctor if you are having trouble keeping water down for longer than six hours. You should also call your doctor if you experience nausea or stomach pain and discomfort for more than 48 hours.
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