Some information I found helpful.
It seems that the older we get, the less our stomach agrees with the foods we choose to eat. Upset stomach’s are perhaps one of the most common ailments that affects adults, starting around the age of thirty and sometimes getting progressively worse as we move through life. For some, the best upset stomach remedy is as simple as identifying the foods that cause the most difficulty and avoiding them.
For others though, making sacrifices in terms of diet is not necessarily an attractive idea. For this reason, many people have begun to seek out other upset stomach remedies that may allow them to continue to enjoy the foods that they enjoy.
You may have tried, with varying degrees of success, to treat your upset stomach pains with over the counter medication. What many people don’t realize though, is that those upset stomach cures that come in the form of convenient little pills can actually be worse for you in the long run. Many over the counter medications are habit forming, requiring your body to have them in your system almost constantly in order to fight off the symptoms you were initially trying to treat every now and then. Others may cause temporary relief but can actually contribute to the problem and make it worse over time.
To that end, it may be a good idea to consider some alternative upset stomach home remedies and natural solutions. Let’s take a quick look at fourteen natural home remedies that many people have successfully treated their symptoms with.
Applying heat to any part of your body can do wonders for relieving pain and your stomach is not exception. You might try using a hot water bottle, or a damp heated towel on your stomach for almost immediate relief. Some have even used warm rice packs of the same type that many have taken to applying to their backs and necks with great results. Leaving these on your stomach for ten to fifteen minutes can do a lot to relieve you of the pain associated with an upset stomach.
Yes, I said baking soda! This is a staple product that almost everybody has in their home already but most people have no idea that it can be used to treat things like upset stomach and heart burn. It’s as simple as adding about a teaspoon of baking soda to a half cup of water and letting it dissolve before drinking the mixture as quickly as you can. This can be repeated every two hours or so and you can use this upset stomach remedy about seven times a day.
If you’re anything like me, you love the taste of ginger. What you may not know, whether you like the stuff or not, is that ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory. Chewing pure, raw ginger can help to reduce the inflammation in your stomach and eliminate your upset stomach pains. Best of all, it’s completely natural and safe to consume. Some have modified this treatment and taken to drinking ginger tea and that’s OK too! Just remember that you always want to use fresh, pure, and raw ginger for the best possible results.
Just like ginger, I absolutely love the taste of a good fresh mint leaf. This is probably one of the more well known upset stomach home remedies, and for good reason; it works! Chewing a fresh mint leaf is an absolute miracle cure, and it tastes great to boot. Other optional variations on this treatment can include sucking on mint candies, provided they contain pure, natural peppermint oil. Altoids are one good example of just such a candy. Some may choose to brew a fresh mint leaf in with their tea or add a few drops of natural peppermint oil to their juice or water. If you do this however, keep in mind that it is best to finish the drink as quickly as possible in order to get the best results.
This is a more long term treatment and may not always be met with immediate results but could be a good option for helping you to kick those upset stomach pains over time. Many people fail to realize that dehydration is a contributing factor when it comes to upset stomachs. Ensuring that your body is properly hydrated by avoiding too much caffeine intake and drinking things such as natural fruit juices, clear broths, sparkling water, and even sports drinks can go a long way towards helping you avoid an upset stomach in the future.
Caraway and Fennel Seed
Yes, there’s another one that may surprise you. Ingesting certain seeds can actually help treat your upset stomachs, both immediately as well as long term. Not just any seeds will do though. The best seeds for this are caraway and fennel seeds. Both of these seeds are known to aid in digestion and relieve the pain associated with upset stomach. If eating them doesn’t quite seem appetizing to you, they can also be brewed into a tea that may be a little easier to get down. Which brings us to…
You may have guessed that this one would come up since we’ve mentioned it a few times already as optional variations on other treatment options. This is also one of the more well known natural remedies for an upset stomach. What many people fail to realize however, is that not just any store bought herbal tea will give you the best results. You want to try to use natural teas, such as the ones found at health food stores. The best herbal teas will include ingredients like cinnamon, ginger, mint, thyme, lemon balm, and lavender.
Probably not the most popular method because we generally suffer from upset stomach due to an unwillingness to avoid the foods that we love. However, if you are suffering from severe pain associated with an upset stomach to the point that you are risking a more serious issue by avoiding food altogether, you may want to consider putting yourself on a light, bland diet for a day or two in order to give your stomach a chance to recover.
Another possible remedy that may surprise you is drinking a carbonated beverage. This is not to say that just any soda drink will do. You will want to avoid caffeinated beverages and stick to things like natural ginger ale or lemon lime drinks such as Seven Up. These non-caffeinated, carbonated drinks can help to eliminate gas in the stomach and will induce burping which, while socially unattractive, can help to expel trapped gas.
Believe it or not, mental and emotional stress can have a negative impact on your body. One very common symptom of an over stressed person is chronic upset stomach. Consider finding ways to reduce the stress in your life and you may be very surprised to find that the frequency of your upset stomach pains will go down.
This is another one of my favorites. I use organic cinnamon in the kitchen whenever I can get away with it. What you may not know is that pure, natural cinnamon can also help to stimulate the digestive system. If you’re brave like me, you can chew on a raw cinnamon stick. Most people may prefer to incorporate cinnamon into their tea though.
You’ve heard the saying, “time heals all wounds.” Well, let’s introduce you to a new saying: “Thyme heals all cramps.” Thyme is a natural herb known for stimulating the digestive track, reducing stomach cramps, and relieving gas pressure. Try some straight thyme tea by placing about a teaspoon of dried thyme in the bottom of a cup and pouring boiling water over it to fill the cup. In about ten minutes, you’ll have a great upset stomach remedy that also smells and taste wonderful.
The apple is actually just one possibility. What you’re really after here is more fiber in your diet. One possible cause of constant upset stomach is a lack of proper fiber. Introducing fiber rich foods such as apples into your regular diet can help to reduce the frequency of your upset stomach pains by contributing to the overall health of your digestive system.
Bananas and plantains are said to be good for people with sensitive stomach because they are technically considered to be a “bland food”, despite their great taste. Some people have even taken to ingesting banana powder capsules on a daily basis with reports of greatly reduced frequency in their upset stomach pains.
All of these remedies are things that you can try at home without the added side effects that come along with over the counter medications. Most of what you will need can be found at local health food stores. In fact, your best bet would be to get as many ingredients you can from a health food store rather than a department store, in order to make sure that you are getting the most natural and healthy ingredients available. The more natural the ingredients you use in your home remedies, the better your results are likely to be!