An upset stomach can be caused from stress, beverages, and eating the wrong types of foods. I have tried a few remedies that have worked and relieved my upset stomach. Friends and family have passed down to me their remedies that their families have tried over the years. These remedies are not a cure. Before trying anything new, or have a stomach ache with other symptoms, consult with a physician.
A hot cup of peppermint tea is soothing to the stomach. If my stomach starts to feel uncomfortable, I reach for the tea. Peppermint contains menthol, which has been shown to have an antispasmodic effect. This will help smooth the muscles of the digestive tract, and calm the stomach. If you have acid reflux or heartburn it can aggravate the situation.
Activated charcoal comes in various forms, but powder and capsules work the best. When my friend recommended this, I thought they were crazy. Just the look of it can be a turn off. But, when the upset stomach gets unbearable you try anything. I was surprised how well it worked. You just mix the charcoal in a glass a water, then drink. The charcoal powder can be found in health food stores, and is quick to relieve the discomfort of an upset stomach.
Baking soda mixed with water helps an upset stomach. This is one that I use the most. My grandmother started me on this mixture when I was a little, and it helped almost immediately. Mix a 1/2 teaspoon baking soda into 1/2 cup of water. This mixture helps because baking soda has a way of breaking food particles that are hard to digest. This mixture helps calm the production of acid in the stomach. It can also help the rumbling that is often caused from an upset stomach.
Bananas is a healthy way to help an upset stomach. When I am feeling a little off, and my stomach isn’t quite right, I grab a banana. This fruit is known to stimulate the production of mucus from the stomach lining. This mucus becomes a wall between the stomach lining and the acidic gastric substance that is the cause of the upset stomach and indigestion.
Ginger ale can sooth an upset stomach, and help with car sickness. I have always suffered from severe car sickness. Whenever I go on a trip I always make sure to bring the ginger ale. Ginger is known to be a helpful digestive, and a way to help alleviate the discomfort from having an upset stomach.
For more information on an upset stomach go to www.mayoclinic.com, www.webmd.com, www.nih.gov, and www.naturalhealthezine.com.