Stomach upsets can stem from a variety of sources and sometimes occur with little or no warning. So how do you get relief when a tummy ache strikes at a time when you’re out of over-the-counter remedies? Take a look in your cupboards before heading out to the local drugstore. Common items already on hand may provide relief and even save you a few dollars.
Sodium bicarbonate, commonly known as baking soda, is an invaluable staple most of us use for baking and cleaning purpose. Among its many uses, baking soda is an antacid that eases heartburn and indigestion.
The National Institutes of Health recommends drinking ½ teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in ½ glass of water (4 oz.) one to two hours after meals.
In addition to being a flavoring common to gum, candies, and even toothpaste, this mint offers belly benefits as well. Peppermint calms the stomach muscles, allowing digestive gases to pass. As the flow of bile improves, fats are easier to digest and food moves more quickly. A number of studies have also shown that IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) symptoms can be eased by enteric-coated peppermint capsules.
For an upset stomach The University of Maryland Medical Center suggests steeping 1 teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves in a cup of boiling water for ten minutes. Strain and cool before drinking. This is safe to do four to five times daily between meals. Another option is to simply drop a mint into a cup of any type of tea and drink after the mint has dissolved for a few minutes.
To relieve painful IBS symptoms take 1- 2 enteric coated peppermint capsules (.2 ml of peppermint oil) two to three times daily.
A word of caution: Do not use peppermint if you have GERD. See your doctor.
Since ancient times Ginger has been used medicinally by Asian, Arabic, and Indian cultures. Moms have given Ginger Ale to their children for years to soothe the discomfort of nausea and vomiting. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that ginger is commonly recommended to pregnant women for the treatment of nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy. Even eating ginger snaps can help.
To prevent vomiting, take ½ teaspoon of powdered gingerroot every 4 hours as needed, not exceeding 4 doses daily.
For nausea, gas, and indigestion, eat 2 – 4 grams of fresh gingerroot daily.
University of Maryland Medical Center, http://www.umm.edu/
National Institutes of Health, http://www.umm.edu/http://www.nih.gov/