Natural remedies for upset stomach
The most common digestive issues are gas, bloating, and stomach pain. It is most likely because of our diet, stress, and an unhealthy gut.
The great news is there are some proven natural remedies that could help.
Remember drinking ginger ale for stomach aches when you were a kid? It’s one of those old-fashioned home remedies that really work. The tummy-soothing compound in ginger is gingerol. Gingerol is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that soothes stomach pain and decreases nausea.
However, be aware, most of today’s ginger ale is simply flavoured to taste like ginger—it rarely has any real ginger in it. Instead, slice fresh ginger thin and steep it in hot water for 15 to 30 minutes. Remove the ginger slices and if you feel like – add honey. You can also go with candied ginger, ginger chews, or crystallized ginger. Just make sure whatever you choose contains pure ginger, not just ginger flavouring.
Avoid Certain Foods
Foods that can trigger digestive problems include spicy foods, fried foods, soda and other bubbly drinks, and dairy. Try removing these foods from your diet and seeing if the problem goes away. Then reintroduce each type of food one at a time to discover what is causing the problem.
If you have a digestive problem, one reason could be an unhealthy gut. This is when the populations of healthy bacteria, or “gut flora,” in your gastrointestinal tract have been damaged. Damage to gut flora can be caused by antibiotics, not enough fiber in your diet, and more. Probiotics can really help by providing healthy bacteria to support your healthy digestion.
Flora’s Probiotic blend was formulated to supply friendly bacteria specifically for your age. It can be added to juice or yogurt. Flora’s Probiotic Blend was designed to support your healthy digestion. Flora’s Probiotic blends successfully survive stomach acids for maximum effectiveness.
Big meals can be too much for our digestive system. Instead, smaller meals eaten more frequently can help reduce excess stomach acid. Think three meals plus two snacks. Chew your food slowly and thoroughly rather than wolfing down your meals. This allows your digestive system to keep up.
Not only is peppermint tea refreshing, it’s also a great tummy soother. The menthol in peppermint relaxes the muscles in the gastrointestinal tract to quickly relieve stomach pain. It also stimulates bile production, helping your digestion work optimally. In addition to tummy aches, peppermint helps relieve nausea, heartburn and bloating.
Heat It Up
A hot water bottle or heating pad can be just the ticket for an aching stomach. Have yourself rest lying down with the heat source on your tummy. Heat increases blood flow to the abdominal area which helps reduce cramps and pain.
This home remedy is especially helpful for stress-related tummy aches. Resting quietly with the comforting heat source can reduce your stress and help your stomach pain melt away.
Some stomach aches are caused by excess stomach acid. The most obvious choice, in that case, is antacids. But there’s no need to take a strong commercial antacid like Tums when what you have sitting in your kitchen cupboard works just as well. Baking soda!
Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is the active ingredient in most drugstore antacids. It works quickly to relieve stomach upset, heartburn, and acid indigestion. Just mix a teaspoon of baking soda in some warm water and drink.
By using these natural remedies, your tummy will feel better fast!