Upset stomachs are a fairly common occurrence due to impaired digestion of food caused by over eating or consuming fatty foods or just foods that the body does not digest well. This condition may also be referred to as indigestion or dyspepsia, and the symptoms can include a feeling of bloatedness, belching, nausea, or heartburn as well as any combination of these. However, there are ways to relieve and prevent this problem and even treat chronic upset stomach without consulting a medical doctor.
I am sure that we have all suffered from an upset stomach, but there are ways to avoid it in the first place. If you consistently have an upset stomach, you probably want to change your diet. The Mayo Clinic website listed below suggests these actions.
It encourages many preventive measures and lifestyle changes to help with an upset stomach. This includes eating smaller meals on a frequent basis, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and managing stress which can cause dyspepsia. However, if you can’t do this, there are some homemade remedies to relieve your upset stomach. Mayo Clinic provides scant information on homemade remedies and only advocates the consumption of herbal tea with peppermint and psychological approaches such as relaxation techniques and cognitive therapy. However, these psychological approaches are lacking the sufficient evidence to back up their claims which the site openly acknowledges.
Still, there is another site with many more homemade remedies for treating an upset stomach. This site is http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/upset-stomach-1099.html.
It provides a fairly extensive list which includes peppermint tea (same as previously mentioned), bananas, a glass of water mixed with baking soda, tea made from mint leaves, and ginger including ginger ale and candied ginger.
Now, whenever I had an upset stomach, I was told to have some 7-UP, but this was poor information. The carbonation in it could lead to more pain instead of relief. Although, if you let it sit and become flat, it may be effective. Still, a flat ginger ale is a better solution, and any of the above mentioned remedies should be at least somewhat effective for treating an upset stomach.
However, there is another issue here that may be to blame for regular episodes of dyspepsia, and it may be a side effect from prescription medication(s). If you think this may be the case, you should consult your medical doctor and see if your prescription medication may be the culprit. Also, chronic dyspepsia could be a result of ulcers.