We all have experience an upset stomach once or twice in our life.
There is nothing fun about it.
When it is bad, an upset stomach can make it hard and challenging to carry out the simplest activities and tasks.
Even driving to work or looking after the kids can become hard, in some cases even impossible.
What to do in such cases?
Should you look for home remedies, or just take a pill?
Popping a pill is hardly an ideal choice.
For starters, they are expensive.
But more importantly, popping pills can carry additional side effects.
With that in mind, what are your options for home remedies for upset stomach?
Surprisingly, there are quite a few that you can find in the average American kitchen.
Bitters and soda
Probably the bar is the last place you will think to look for relief from nausea.
However, many people swear that five or six drops of cocktail bitters and a glass of tonic, club soda, or ginger ale will be good enough.
Mix these two ingredients together, and you will find your relief https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4446506/.
The reason is most bitters brands contain cinnamon, mint, ginger, or fennel, common herbs that can ease nausea.
Speaking of herbs that can help with nausea, ginger is on the top of the list.
Ginger has been used to cure pain and nausea dating back to ancient times.
And no, it is not an old-wives tale.
Even some studies have shown that ginger can relieve an upset stomach https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10793599.
Thanks to its natural anti-inflammatory properties, ginger can help, no matter the form.
You can choose some ginger supplements, or you can drink a cup of ginger tea.
It is up to you.
Some chose to put some grated ginger in their smoothie for relief.
Even a ginger ale will help.
While we are on the subject of teas, we cannot avoid the most popular tea among home remedies for upset stomach.
And that is chamomile tea.
Similar as ginger, chamomile tea is an old ancient remedy for upset stomach https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27644672.
The tea can help ease the pain by acting as an anti-inflammatory agent. Just a cup of chamomile tea will help your stomach muscles relax and reduce cramps.
The BRAT diet
The BRAT diet is something that is popular among people with an upset stomach.
It is something that we all know can help with diarrhea.
The BRAT diet means consuming bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BRAT_diet.
All the ingredients in the diet are low-fiber, and high-binding foods.
None of them contain salt or spices.
It is a bland diet, and it might be something you do not want to eat.
But if you need a go-to remedy for an upset stomach or when you are feeling sick, nothing helps as the BRAT diet.
Another popular diet for upset stomach is CRAP diet.
This stands for cherries, raisins, apricots, and prunes.
All of them are fiber-friendly foods that will get your system moving.
They will ease the pain and cramping caused by the upset stomach.
The best part about peppermint is you can use it in a number of ways.
For example, you can brew a peppermint tea, you can sniff peppermint extract, you can suck on a minty candy, or you can chew the leaves of the plant https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22034523.
It is up to you.
No matter what you chose, peppermint will help with nausea, upset stomach, and vomiting due to the menthol in the leaves.
They act as a natural analgesic and pain reliever.
Apple cider vinegar
The problem with apple cider vinegar is a lot of people cannot stomach it.
Yes, the acidic vinegar can be a bit too much for some people.
But if you can stomach it, a tablespoon of ACV is enough to neutralize an upset stomach https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2245945/.
If consuming a full teaspoon of raw vinegar is too strong for you, dilute it in a cup of water with a teaspoon of honey.
Sip it slowly.
One of the simplest home remedies for upset stomach is applying heat.
You can find a heating pad in the store, or just put some hot water bottle on your stomach.
The warmth on your stomach will distract you from any cramping or pain.
The heat will also help with relaxation of your muscles and reduce nausea.
Just remember, do not leave the heat too long as it can damage your skin.
Five or ten minutes is more than enough.
Any other day, and you might not even want to eat a burnt toast.
But when you are suffering from an upset stomach, that burnt toast is one of the best remedies for stomach ache https://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/have-a-hangover-some-remedies-to-try/9/.
The char absorbs the toxins that are making you ill.
Add some jelly to make the toast easier to eat.
Probiotics are a known and popular remedy for gut problems.
Yogurt is one of the best natural probiotics.
You might not be craving dairy when you have an upset stomach, but yogurt is a different type of dairy https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3684523/.
The live bacteria in yogurt will ease your digestive discomfort and boost your immune system in the same time.
Just go for non-fat plain yogurt without added sugar or flavors.
Water and lemon
Another easy and simple home remedy is to drink hot water with lemon.
It is a simple method for reducing indigestion and upset stomach.
The acidity of the lemon will encourage production of hydrochloric acid, which helps your digestive system and prevents foods from causing discomfort https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24829772.
At the same time, lemon and water will help with hydration, another key aspect in battling stomach problems.
Carrot and mint juice
Carrots and mint juice is a very helpful remedy for upset stomach.
Carrot will provide nourishment for your stomach, will peppermint will soothe the discomfort and pain.
Boil some sliced carrots, four cups of water, and one teaspoon of dried peppermint.
Cook for 15 minutes, or until the carrots are soft.
Blend the mixture until smooth and drink.
Should you see a doctor?
In some cases, stomach problems and an upset stomach can be a signal for a more serious problem.
If you are experiencing prolonged vomiting, check with a physician.
Vomiting for a day or two without pause puts you at risk for dehydration.
Drink small sips of water at all times to prevent it.
If you have trouble keeping water down for longer than six hours, check with a doctor.
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