To calm an upset stomach, it’s best to know why your stomach hurts. Or else your remedy may just make matters worse. That can range from many different factors like Food poisoning, Gastritis, Irritable bowel syndrome, Pregnancy OMG!, Medication/ alcohol /drugs, Stress, Ulcers, duodenitis, Acid reflux, Diarrhea, Constipation and more.
If you push on your stomach and hear gurgling noises, it may mean you have gas. You can try to lie down on your back and rub your stomach in a circular motion. Also attempt to keep your feet higher than the rest of your body. The stomach is located on the left side of your body and your esophagus enters your stomach on the right side of your body. So try to lie on your left, in that way you can relieve any gas that’s hurting your stomach.
When you are dealing with a stomach ache try to avoid foods and drinks that may aggravate your condition. Avoid things like: spicy foods, heavy foods, rich desserts, energy drinks, coffee, and alcohol.
You can try a mixture of a tablespoon of salt and sugar into a glass of water and drink. This can relieve stomach aches. Additionally chamomile tea also is a great remedy for stomach pains. I personally adore this herb. Ginger Ale is my next choice of drink to relieve an upset stomach. Herbal tinctures, with Oregano, grape root, and peranium, and slippery elm and licorice reduce the inflammation in the intestine. Ginger ale, aloe vera juice (an anti-parasitic that aids digestion), chamomile tea, mint,carbonated mineral water all have helpful properties that relieve upset stomachs.
If you know that your upset stomach is due to something you ate and your feeling nausea, my suggestion is to vomit up the offensive food rather than try to continue to digest it. Try to keep your stomach full of fluids or something thin like chicken soup, that way you have something to throw up and help prevent dry heaves.
Understand that over the counter and prescription medications like Advil, Aleve, Motrin, ibuprofen products, antibiotics, vitamins, birth control pills and other medications can cause your upset stomach, nausea or stomach pains. Make sure you read your labels, to see if it indicates that you take the meds with food. That means a full stomach not just a few crackers or a piece of toast.
If you have diarrhea, you can drink chicken or vegetable broth or you can try eating some baked apples or pears (which contain “pecin”) it will help stop the diarrhea. Try to avoid becoming dehydrated by drinking at least 6 glasses or more of water a day. For constipation problems drink 10 glasses of distilled water a day, and try to eat apples and prunes, and fiber laden foods. Enemas will relieve even some of the most severe cases of constipation.
Placing a heating pad or a hot water bottle on your stomach can temporarily relieve your stomach pain. You can also add a paste mixture of mustard poultice on your stomach to relieve nausea and vomiting. Combine a tablespoon of mustard powder with a cup of flour, add enough water to turn the mixture into a paste, then apply it to a wet wash cloth. Put the wash cloth with the mixture directly on your stomach then the heating pad over it.
If your condition is a result from Acid reflux, heartburn, or gas you may try some raw organic apple cider vinegar. The unfiltered apple cider vinegar contains the “mother of vinegar”, which has extremely healthful benefits. One of those benefits is soothing an upset stomach due to acid reflux, indigestion, and more. Drink 2-4 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar before each meal.
Eating Saltine crackers or toast can help soak up the extra acid in your stomach that is causing the pain. It may be hard to muster down but it will help in the end. Sometimes drinking milk can help neutralize the acid but try to avoid dairy products as it may worsen your pain if it isn’t acid related. Using Malunggay extract can help prevent your cramps and stomach pain if you are lactose intolerant.
If you think you are pregnant, hemorrhaging, or the pain persists for longer than a week, make an appointment to see a physician. Use these remedies at your own risk.