We all know what it’s like to have an upset stomach for which there seems to be no relief. Fortunately, there are some simple remedies for a sore tummy that you can make right at home.
Chicken Noodle Soup: The Cure-All Food
For years, people have been extolling the virtues of eating chicken noodle soup to treat an upset stomach. Surprisingly enough, this home remedy has been tested and backed up by actual scientific research. Stephen Rennard M.D. of the University of Nebraska Medical Center conducted a famous study that proved the benefits of chicken noodle soup, from avoiding dehydration and keeping nasal passages open and moist. Click here for more on the study. My favorite chicken noodle soup recipe (found here) uses very few ingredients and is easy to make when you’re not feeling well.
Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
2 1/2 cups wide egg noodles
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
12 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup water
3 cups diced, cooked chicken meat
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add egg noodles and oil, and boil for 8 minutes, or until tender. Drain, and rinse under cool running water.
In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, combine broth, salt, and poultry seasoning. Bring to a boil. Stir in celery and onion. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 15 minutes.
In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water together until cornstarch is completely dissolved. Gradually add to soup, stirring constantly.
Use Ginger to Ease Nausea
The University of Maryland Medical Center confirms that ginger can indeed help to lessen feelings of nausea. Gingerale is a lifesaver for motion sickness, and I also recommend drinking warm ginger tea. It will coat your stomach and quickly take away nausea. When I was pregnant, I frequently took ginger to calm my morning sickness. The herb is safe to use pregnancy, which makes it an ideal tool for any expectant mother. For more information on the benefits of using ginger for a stomach ache, read this.
The Power of Peppermint
The calming effect of peppermint is a great way to ease stomach troubles. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (as seen here), peppermint “calms the muscles of the stomach and improves the flow of bile, which the body uses to digest fats”. As a result, food goes down a little easier, and indigestion is less likely to occur. Try boiling a few teaspoons of dried peppermint leaves in water for a few minutes until you have a nice hot peppermint tea. This is simple and has always helped to settle my upset stomach in record timing.
You can also take several additional steps towards easing your stomach ailments if it seems to be a chronic problem. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (part of the National Institute of Health) recommends here making small lifestyle changes such as cutting down on the amount of coffee and alcohol you drink, quitting smoking, and using yoga and other relaxing techniques to de-stress.
Just to be safe, you might want to check with your doctor first before trying any of the home remedies listed above.
National Institutes of Health: http://www.nih.gov/
University of Maryland Medical Center: www.umm.edu
Web MD: http://www.webmd.com/baby/taking-medicine-during-pregnancy