Your Stomach Will Thank You For This
We’ve all been through it – diarrhea, cramps, nausea, vomiting, aches & pains… Stomach flu is no walk in the park! This common illness strikes nearly all of us from time to time, typically knocking us out for a day or two. But what should we do to ease the pain? Here are seven home-based remedies to try:
1. Hydration. First and foremost, stay hydrated as your symptoms and recovery will suffer if you get dehydrated. Dehydration is dangerous too. Try clear liquids such as water, Gatorade, or 7up to start.
2. Bland diet. After you can keep down clear liquids, begin a bland diet of bananas, white rice, applesauce, toast, crackers, and/or potatoes. Avoid dairy, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and fatty / highly seasoned foods.
3. Ginger. Next, you try ginger, which has been shown to reduce inflammation, promote digestion, and give some relief from cramps and bloating. Ginger can be consumed as a spice in meals, as ginger capsules, or as a tea.
4. Peppermint. Peppermint was my mother’s go-to for upset stomachs. While most effective delivered as a tea, as a kid I preferred sucking peppermints (and I still do).
5. Cinnamon. This natural herb is both anti-inflammatory and anti-viral so soothes as well as heals. It can bring relief to chills and aches and is great as in tea.
6. Lemons. Vitamin C, antimicrobial acid, a pleasant taste (with honey) …what’s not to like about these flu-fighting fruits?
7. Chamomile. Chamomile can relax your aches and pains. Try a chamomile tea with some cinnamon and lemon for a one-two-three punch!
While these bug-busters hopefully provide some relief, see a medical professional such as those at WellNow if you cannot keep liquids down for 24 hours, are dehydrated, notice blood in your bowel movements, or have a fever above 103.