Today I’m going to write a small article about upset stomach remedies, this topic has been asked about through emails to my inbox at least ten times this week, so it’s obviously something that’s causing concern and problems on a regular basis, for you the readers of my website.
The questions are mainly asking what you at home can do. So with that in mind I’m going to concentrate on home remedies, though my go to advice would always be to consult your doctor, especially if you have regular stomach upsets or stomach pain, as this would what we would call chronic or long term, and certainly deserves a more educated look.
Also something else to take into consideration, is to ask yourself have you eaten anything out of the norm lately? Do you normally avoid hot and spicy foods but have started eating them lately? Has your diet changed lately? This could all too often happen due to work commitments or family time, and as a result your diet may have changed to rely more on fast foods, i.e. junk food. If this applies to you, then you simply need to look at your diet and try and make a conscious effort to get your normal eating pattern back on schedule, and probably more importantly, you need to take time to look after you ! With that said let’s get started.
Yeah yeah I hear you say, but do you really get the recommended daily allowance of water? Recommended guidelines are between 9 to 15 cups or between two and three liters, are you even coming close to that?
What has water got to do with upset tummy though? Well as you know the majority of the human body is mainly made up from water, and if you are dehydrated from not enough water intake, the body will actually use water from the food in your digestive system, and use that elsewhere in the body. Water is probably the most important factor in the body when it comes to the digestive system.
A lack of water can also cause a whole host of other problems too, constipation being one of the biggest ones. This is why I’ve highlighted water at the start of this article for a dicky tummy, that and the fact it’s readily available everywhere, you literally just need to turn on the tap.
Ginger and cinnamon tea
Second on my list for upset stomach remedies is ginger and cinnamon tea. Ginger in particular has long been known as a granny cure when it comes to upset stomachs, though this probably originated in china, where it has been used for thousands of years as a natural cure for upset stomachs. The chemical make-up of ginger has been shown to help soothe the intestinal tract, and further studies from the BMJ Lancet have also shown ginger to help ward of the effects of stomach flu and its related symptoms.
Making ginger and cinnamon tea, well first, make sure you use ginger root, not the dried stuff you see in jars in your local supermarket. Take a thumb sized piece of ginger and peel the skin off, add two cinnamon sticks and the ginger to about a liter of water and bring to a boil, then turn the heat down and gently let simmer for about fifteen minutes. Make sure to remove the ginger and cinnamon sticks and let cool to a drinkable temperature and you’re done.
This broth also keeps well in the refrigerator for a couple of days. Drop a line to me if you try this and let me know how you get on, or simply post a comment at the end of the article.
Baking soda is a great cure all, and also a long well known cure for instant relief for minor stomach upsets, and that’s why it’s number three on home upset stomach remedies. You probably didn’t know that many of the anti-acids treatments you can buy over the counter have baking soda as their base; the benefit being is that they have already weighed out the doses for you.
It doesn’t get any simpler than this for basic upset stomach remedies, simply add half a teaspoon to a half glass of warm water and stir, then gently sip, don’t down it in one.
Lastly but not least, consider when making food, are all the utensils clean? Have you washed your hands properly before preparing the food? if someone else is making the food, have they? Obviously this is not meant as an insult, but sometimes it’s the smallest things overlooked that cause the biggest problems.
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