7 Simple Home Remedies To Help Ease An Upset Stomach
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With the coming holiday season and feasting , you will bound to have to deal with a variety of digestive issues, including an upset stomach, diarrhea, and indigestion. There are some easy home remedies you can use to correct minor tummy issues. Consult your health practitioner if these don’t help and if pain is severe.
1. Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal is a great home remedy for dealing with an upset stomach. It is useful for situations where the upset stomach is caused by something that you ate.
For example, if someone ingests something harmful, such as a household cleaner, expired food, or even narcotics, the activated charcoal helps to absorb the poisons in the stomach.
It is also useful when you feel bloated in the digestive system, activated charcoal absorbs the gassiness and provides temporary relief. If bloating is chronic, then there has to be a change in diet and lifestyle.
When using activated charcoal, it is important to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
2. Raw Honey And Manuka Honey
Raw honey is a good antibiotic that contains powerful enzymes, along with glucose oxidase, and acid phosphatase. These compounds aid with digestion and could help fight E. coli. You can consume raw honey or manuka honey by the spoonful, added to herbal teas or oats, or in your salad dressing.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of the best solutions for easing an upset stomach, especially for indigestion.
It helps to stimulate right amount of stomach acid for proper digestion that will also help ease up acid reflux.
Mix one tablespoon of the vinegar in a glass of room temperature water.
Drink one cup, every 4-6 hours, until you experience relief from your stomach aches or indigestion.
Read more about the many uses of apple cider vinegar.
Probiotics should really be right on top of this list. When you have a digestive issue, it is usually that your gut flora is off balanced and lacking in beneficial bacteria to fight harmful bacteria.
Taking a high quality probiotics supplement or eating a serving of yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi, or any other type of fermented food will help stabilize the gut flora to fight pathogens that are causing the upset.
5. Papaya And Banana
Papaya and banana are very comforting and healing foods when you have a digestive issue. The pectin content in both fruits help normalize colonic functions in the large intestine by regulating proper bowel movements. Eat them raw on their own, or make smoothies to harmonize the tummy.
6. Baking Soda
When you have an acid reflux or heartburn, it is a spillover of stomach acid into your esophagus (It doesn’t mean that your body is producing excessive stomach acid! Read more about acid reflux here.) Add a teaspoon of baking soda to an 8 ounce glass of water and drink it to help relieve the pressure and gas. You may drink this solution every 4 hours or until you find relief.
If you are dealing with stomach pain due to overeating, do not use this method. This method is used solely for relieving stomach pressure.
7. Herbal Teas
Herbal teas are another useful method for relieving an upset stomach. This should work for just about any type of stomach issues.
Use chamomile, ginger, lemon balm, sage, valerian, cinnamon, or peppermint to create your own herbal tea.
Steep a 2 teaspoons of dried herbs, of your choice, in one cup of boiling water. Steep for at least ten minutes and then strain.
Pour into a teacup and serve. If the taste is a little weak, or hard to stomach, add a small amount of raw honey.
Avoid Causes Of Upset Stomach
Along with using home remedies to relieve an upset stomach, you should try to make changes to your lifestyle that may help prevent the issue from recurring especially if it is a chronic problem. Here are some common causes of an upset stomach:
- An imbalanced gut flora due to use of steroids, antibiotics and long-term medication
- Excessive consumption of alcohol or caffeine
- Motion sickness could be a cause
- Stress can lead to an upset stomach
- Food poisoning
Educate yourself more about gut health which is your immune system and “second brain”. When your gut flora is healthy, you will overall feel good. This website is a good place to start learning as everything we do will point back to building a healthy digestive system.
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