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DIY Remedies for Upset Stomach

Upset stomach or Indigestion is caused when there is a discomfort in the upper abdomen. However it is not a disease but caused due to gastritis, food poisoning, bloating, stress, overeating, certain medications, motion sickness, intestinal blockage, constipation, etc.

It exhibits certain symptoms like nausea, abdominal bloating, chills, heartburn, cramps, belching, and chills. If it is not treated on time, then it results in serious intestinal problems and stomach cancer.

To alleviate this upset stomach quickly, prefer to use natural home remedies, which are safe, cost effective and gives long lasting results rather than using those over the counter medications.

Home Remedies for Upset Stomach:

These are some of the best and effective natural home remedies used for treating an upset stomach. Regular follow – up will yield best results in curing indigestion.

Remedy – 1: (Ginger)

Ginger contains certain compounds called shogaols and gingerols that help to relax the intestinal tract which in turn helps to cure upset stomach and its symptoms. It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce inflammation and calm down your digestive tract.

Steps to be followed…

  • Crush 2 – 3 inch piece of ginger and extract its juice.
  • Then add 2 teaspoons of ginger juice, 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and a pinch of black salt in 1/4 cup of water.
  • Stir well and drink this to get relief from upset stomach.
  • Repeat it regularly for best results.

Note:

  • Or simply chew salt sprinkled ginger slices throughout the day.
  • Alternatively, prepare ginger tea by boiling 1 – 2 inch piece of ginger in 1 ½ cup of water. Steep it for few minutes and drink it warm by adding honey to it.
  • Prefer fresh ginger root and if it is not available then use ginger powder. Also, people suffering from high blood pressure should consult their doctor before using ginger.

Remedy – 2: (Apple Cider Vinegar)

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has a high concentration of pectin that soothes the irritated abdomen (intestine) and gives you relief from nausea. It is acidic in nature which helps to cure upset stomach and move things normally.

Steps to be followed…

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of raw honey in 1 glass of water (prefer warm water).
  • Stir well and drink it to get relief from upset stomach within few minutes.
  • Make sure to use raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar that has the mother to get rid of any health problem.
  • Continue intake of this drink after having meals to get proper digestion without any upset in your stomach.

Remedy – 3: (Baking Soda)

Baking soda acts as a natural antacid that helps to neutralize the hydrochloric acid and thus breaks down all the fatty things for easy digestion. It is alkaline in nature which restores the pH balance and prevents the inner environment from not too acidic or alkaline.

Steps to be followed…

  • Mix 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water (prefer warm water.
  • Stir it well and drink it 2 – 3 times a day till you cleared the upset stomach.
  • Regular drinking will help you to get relief from upset stomach and its symptoms.

Note:

  • Or mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda and few drops of lemon juice in 1 cup of warm water. Stir well and drink it whenever you suffer from an upset stomach.
  • Alternatively, mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar (or ACV or lemon juice) and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1 small glass of water. Stir well and drink it after the bubbles has settled down to get rid of stomach upset.

Remedy – 4: (Mint)

Peppermint has an aromatic oil called menthol that promotes proper digestion. It also soothes the intestine with its antispasmodic properties. It has antibacterial, phytonutrients and antioxidant that enhances digestion and stimulate the bile flow.

Steps to be followed…

  • Blend few fresh mint leaves to extract 1 teaspoon of mint juice.
  • In that, mix 1 teaspoon each of raw honey and fresh lime juice to it.
  • Drink this mix to get rid of stomachache and diarrhea.
  • Regular intake of this mix for twice daily will help you to get rid of stomach upsets.

Note:

  • Or add 1 teaspoon of dried mint leaves in 1 cup of boiling water. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes and strain it. Drink this mint refreshing tea for several times a day to calm down your upset stomach.
  • Or boil 4 sliced carrots and 1 teaspoon of dried peppermint in 4 cups of water over a medium flame for about 15 minutes. Then blend the mix and consume it.

Remedy – 5: (Chamomile Tea)

Chamomile has volatile oil that aids for proper digestion. It has anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties that relax the muscle lining of the intestinal tract. Regular intake of chamomile tea for 2 – 3 times daily will help to get rid of upset stomach.

Steps to be followed…

  • Place 1 teaspoon of dried chamomile herb in 1 cup of hot water.
  • Let it steep for 5 – 7 minutes and strain it.
  • Drink this tea by adding honey to get rid of upset stomach.

Note:

  • Or use 1 chamomile tea bag instead of dried herb and also add some peppermint herb in this tea to enhance its effectiveness over an upset stomach.
  • Use fennel tea (or) cinnamon tea (or) thyme tea instead of chamomile tea for treating your upset stomach.

Remedy – 6: (Cumin Seeds)

Cumin seeds are effective in treating gastrointestinal issues such as upset stomach. These inhibit the contractions of smooth muscles to calm down the intestine and aids in proper digestion by raising the enzyme secretions.

Steps to be followed…

  • Boil 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds in 1 cup of water for 5 – 7 minutes.
  • Let it sit for a minute and drink this warm tea to get relief from stomach upset.
  • Regular Intake of this tea will set your stomach upsets.

Note:

  • Or mix 1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds (roasted) and a bit of salt in 1 glass of buttermilk. Stir well and drink it after meals to improve your digestion.
  • Or else, mix 1/4 teaspoon of roasted cumin seeds powder in 1/2 teaspoon of raw honey and consume it for 3 – 4 times a day whenever you feel your stomach is upset.

Remedy – 7: (Rice Tea)

Rice tea helps you to get relief from constipation, eases proper digestion and thus helps to get rid of upset stomach.

Steps to be followed…

  • Boil 1/2 cup of rice in 4 cups of water over medium heat.
  • Let it boil for 15 minutes till the rice becomes soft and strain it over a bowl.
  • Then add some honey or lemon juice in that water and drink the rice tea to get rid of upset stomach.
  • Repeat the intake of this rice tea till you get relief from upset stomach.

Remedy – 8: (Activated Charcoal)

We know that eating a burnt toast helps upset stomach but it has some harmful carcinogens which will harm your body. So instead of that, we can take some activated charcoal which is safe and calm down your upset stomach quickly.

It works especially in the case if you get an upset stomach due to food poisoning or contaminated water. It absorbs the bad microbes. So, consume activated charcoal (520 – 975 mg’s) after each meal helps you to get rid of any intestinal problem.

Tips and Precautions:

  1. A combination of bitters and soda will help you a lot in relieving you from upset stomach with proper digestion and eases your symptoms.
  2. Consume BRAT (banana, rice, applesauce and toast) diet which has low fiber and high binding foods. This food will calm down an upset stomach and helps to ease nausea. Also, include pasta, yogurt, oatmeal, apples and wholemeal crackers in your diet.
  3. Place a heating pad or hot water bottle or cuddle up to your electric blanket to warmth the stomach which in turn relax your muscles and relieves you from stomach upset along with its symptoms.
  4. Drink more of water and other fluids (like papaya, watermelon, etc.) to prevent dehydration and aids for proper digestion. Avoid coffee, alcohol, smoking, etc. and reduce the intake of dairy products.
  5. Try CRAP diet which includes cherries, raisins, apricots and prunes in your diet that are rich in fiber which helps in proper bile flow to relieve you from constipation and upset stomach.
  6. Regular consumption of probiotics (or no fat plain yogurt) which has live bacteria that eases digestive discomforts, boosts your immune system to clear stomach upsets.
  7. Nibble on a handful of caraway seeds or fennel seeds, etc. after eating your meals which prevent indigestion, gas and bloating causing an upset stomach.
  8. Use reflexology and rub your foot (especially the left foot), as the tummy region responds with the center arch of the left foot. Massage the foot with your hands gently to get relief from stomach upsets.
  9. Consume 6 smaller meals rather than 3 large meals which help you not to stay hungry for a longer time. Avoid spicy, oily or processed foods in your diet.
  10. Reduce your stress levels, consume a healthy diet, exercise regularly, etc. should be included in your daily lifestyle.
  11. If you didn’t get any relief from your upset stomach or experiencing it frequently, then it’s time to consult your doctor for proper diagnose and treatment accordingly.

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