It happens to the best of us, we eat something and are stomach starts hurting. When are stomach doesn’t agree with the food we ate, it either makes us nauseous or gives us bowel problems. Sometimes it happens at the most inconvenient times too and you are unable to get to the pharmacy. However, there are many natural remedies that can be found in your kitchen that may help soothe the pain. Some of them were surprising, some of them I have tried but didn’t realize it was working to help my stomach. Here are a few things you may want to think about next time your stomach turns.
1. Bananas. Yep. That’s right. One banana can do the trick. According to Medline Plus, ”
Bananas can help relieve an upset stomach by stimulating the production of mucus from the stomach lining. The mucus creates a barrier between the stomach lining and the acidic gastric substances that cause heartburn and stomach upset.”
2. Dandelions. Weeds aren’t always a nuisance. The Native Americans commonly used this weed as a medicine. It has many healing qualities all in the root. Not only will it help an upset stomach, but it can treat kidney disease, heartburn, respiratory problems, and the list goes on. For more information visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/patient-dandelion.html
3. Chamomile. If you love drinking tea, chances are you may have this in your kitchen. This tea has many soothing properties and can aid in the digestive system. According to the Natural Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, “this herb is often used for sleeplessness; anxiety; and gastrointestinal conditions such as upset stomach, gas, and diarrhea.” If you don’t have Chamomile, try a peppermint or spearmint tea which just happens to be our next remedy.
4. Peppermint. This one is my personal favorite. Did you ever wonder why restaurants have after meal mints available? Well, it not only masks your breathe, but it also used for a variety of health conditions including: nausea, indigestion, and cold symptoms. In addition, it helps with bowel conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome. So, the next time you see a peppermint mint, you might want to grab a few and save some just in case the food you ate didn’t agree with you. Spearmint also has the same effects and they both come in candy or tea form.
5. Water. According to the Mayo clinic, drinking water or broths and juices everyday can help clear diarrhea. However, stay clear of apple and pear juices because they can make things worse. Also, if you happen to have jello in your refrigerator this may also help as gelatin soothes an upset stomach.
So, the next time you have an upset stomach, try using one of the above mentioned quick fix remedies. Remember to stay away from certain foods such as dairy products, fatty foods, high-fiber foods or highly seasoned foods for a few days. According the Mayo Clinic, if your stomach ailments persists for more than three days, you become dehydrated (excessive thirst, dry mouth or skin, little or no urination, severe weakness, dizziness or lightheadedness, or dark colored urine), have severe abdominal or rectal pain, have black or bloody stool, or you are experiencing a temperature more than 102 F seek medical attention immediately. For more information please visit http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diarrhea/DS00292