What is the best way to settle an upset stomach without taking chemicals or over the counter drugs?
To be more specific, are there any home remedies or foods that will settle your stomach without compromising your health?
Peppermint is a great natural way to settle an upset stomach - try peppermint tea or pick mint leaves from your garden.
I agree. Ginger root is also a great natural cure. Olive oil helps constipation as well.
Both of these are my go-to standards.
But just to make sure, it has to be NATURAL peppermint or ginger.
I munch on ginger root but some people can't take that burn.
I also grow peppermint for this purpose.
A long road of healthy eating. Also a probiotic daily will help. 8 pints of water daily. 5 fruit and veg a day. Everything the nutritionists say. Try to avoid certain types of fibre. Other types should be eaten regularly.
I've found ginger ale very helpful. Preferably the type that has actual ginger in it, as ginger is a traditional remedy for upset stomachs
On two separate occasions, I got the most God awful heart burn from bad pizza. Both times I at about 3 red seedless grapes. INSTANTANEOUS relief was realized both times.
A half-cup of hot water with a dash of salt can make me feel better. It's been my practice and I found it really very helpful. Many friends have thanked me for sharing this home remedy to them. Thought of sharing it here too. Thank you for this Eric. It's a very good question. Take care.
Peppermint is supposed to help an upset stomach but I suppose it would depend on what is causing the upset. You can trying taking a couple of altoid mints and see if it helps.
For me, honestly, there are 3 things that sooth an upset stomach; Bryer's Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream, won ton soup, or (believe it or not) roast pork egg foo young.
Eating ginger root. You don't need a lot and if you take too much it can burn the mouth.
I've heard a variation of the ginger root remedy. Eat a piece of cndied ginger, a sweetened dried version of ginger root, cut into small pieces. It's usually found in the spice aisle at the grocery store.
I used candied ginger when I was pregnant-it was the only thing that helped my morning sickness.
I agree with Tonipet's answer, a lot of people recommend eating some salted crackers or drinking flat soda. I've never personally drank flat soda because I typically don't drink it and certainly wouldn't have any on hand if it was flat.
Tea and toast is the old standby. Bland foods such as boiled, skinless chicken and rice is another. Ginger ale is helpful for nausea. Avoid fatty or spicy foods.
Mint, toast, and bananas (for me at least) work very well in settling an upset stomach.
I've found in Western medicine that people focus too much on the symptoms and not on the root cause. Identify what makes your stomach upset and lower your intake of those foods. If it's chronic, you should see a doctor to make sure everything's OK.
I have suffered from upset stomach's for years and have found that hot green tea with honey works really well, as does ginger or peppermint tea. My father always made hot green tea when I was sick, and it works.
My mom used to boil a bay leaf in water for about 5-10 minutes and then add a bit of sugar. Tates good and supposed to help your digestion.
Honestly, I find that laying on my back is one of the best ways to settle my stomach. Our impulse is to lay in fetal position, but the lining of the stomach is thicker in the back. Laying on your back allows your stomach acid to spread out along the thicker lining which doesn't feel as much irritation. At least, this is what I've been told. I don't really have any scientific proof of it.
Also, ginger, peppermint, some say milk is good others say milk is bad.
When I had a stress ulcer I was put on the BRAT diet, which is Broth, Rice, Applesauce and Tea. These are foods that shouldn't upset your stomach because they are so neutral.
Depends on what's causing the stomach problem. One thing that works wonders is a couple tablespoons of lemon or lime juice with half a teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in it. Drink it once the fizzing stops. It reduces the acidity in your stomach and kills off bad yeast. It's more for general discomfort, though.
If you have diarrhea, nothing's going to touch it until it lets up. Blueberries and bananas help rejuvenate your stomach after a stomach bug. Also mint tea, but everybody else has already mentioned that. :-)
If its just a one off bout, flat coke, helps get the sugar you need and settle any acid in your stomach. If its long term, then yes healthy eatting is the only way to go,
Fine dried mint leaves (smashed/crumpled by rubbing with palms) added on food or drinks always works for me and my family. For food, we usually eat mongo rice (rice with mongo seeds cooked together) and yoghurt, and we sprinkle the dried mint leaves on both rice and yoghurt. Then, we drink rose water juice made of rose water, khak shir/ teff seeds, water, sugar, and ice. Another remedy we use is grated apple, rose water, sugar, and ice mixed together, then we eat or drink it cold. These have always worked for us. Got these remedies from my husband who is a doctor. Hope they work for you too.
I grow culinary and medicinal herbs. Gather a cup of mint leaves (common mint, not one of the fancy other flavors), wash them in just water, steep them in a cup or so of boiling water, remove the leaves, add half a teaspoon of honey, and drink it once it cools enough to do so.
Drinking gingerale normally does the trick for me. I do not like taking OTC drugs either.
I agree Mint settles your stomach so does Camomile or warm water.
ginger ale or ginger tea. (get some ginger root, shave or cut into pieces- simmer in water, for about 20 min... strain and serve.... strongly advise using stevia, honey or agave nectar to sweeten).
I often sip on a glass of ginger ale. The combination of carbonation and the flavor calm my stomach almost immediately.
I don't get an upset stomach often, but the times I did, I drank peppermint tea and that seemed to alleviate the problem. Another thing that works great is eating yogurt.
Ginger root, cut up in chamomile tea works wonders for me.
I like to warm up coconut milk with turmeric and ginger. It is very soothing, and delicious to boot.
Real foods such as, ginger root, and/or hot water with lemon juice. Caffeine free teas containing lemon or ginger, tend to work as well (but avoid teas with added sugars are artificial flavoring).
When sick, avoiding sodas and ginger ales are best. These products contain high amounts of sugar and will actually hurt your stomach more. And are usually not naturally flavored (if they are labeled as being so, they usually contain very small traces of natural flavorings).
Keep it as raw and real as possible when your sick, it's always best.
Actually, drinks that contain the unnatural sugary substance known as fructose (a derivative of corn syrup) should be avoided at all times. I worked in a fructose factory one time and I would not want to tell you what goes into the chemical brew.
I like to suck on a peppermint stick or drink ginger ale. The ginger acts as a natural to soothe an upset stomach
Mint is a natural cure for nausea. Suck on a mint candy, rub mint extract under your nose. We use it in the hospital to keep us from gagging on sour smells.
The best way to settle an upset stomach is preventative rather than reactive.
Stop eating packaged food. Stop eating unnatural food that has had chemical additives, like American beef. It's the chemicals (steroids and the like) that cause cancer, not wholesome, natural beef.
Apple cider vinegar is one method that works beautifully, but it tastes awful.
Papaya fruit is a much better way. Ginger tea can sometimes help, too.
Baking soda is the bomb! You just add 1 tsp baking soda to 1/2 cup water and drink it up. It worked REALLY well for my horrible stomach upset after eating some "homemade" cottage cheese that someone made. I literally felt like a knife was stabbing my insides and pulling them all inwards. I took the bs and water and was 90% better within minutes! I took some more later that night when I thought it was coming up again, and it prevented more episodes.
An upset stomach is usually caused by excess acid buildup. When I did not know any better, I used to take antacids to fight my heartburn after eating, until I discovered something better: alkaline water. Here's the trick. If you drink alkaline water all the time, you will not have to worry about an upset stomach caused by acidity. This is because alkaline water also known as glacier water has zero acidity, or pH level 3 and 4. Some commercial variants are Happy Water or any other glacier water in the market. Coconut water is natural alkaline water, except when sugar is added, which will acidify any water we ingest.
Ginger is very calming to the digestive system. I use ginger ale, or make some white rice and add a tiny bit of ginger to the rice while cooking. That way, you get some much needed calories, substance, and the settling effects of ginger all at once.
My family uses peppermint herbal tea to settle an upset stomach. Mint works well with the digestive system, is natural, and does not compromise your health. Happy "Tea"ing!
Ginger is also another way to aid an upset stomach. Small amounts are typically enough.
This works: coke and potato chips.
Don't know why this works but I bet my stomach on it.
i always eat ice cream, vanilla, and or i sometimes will eat white rice with salsa.
it makes your stomach feel like nothing has ever happened.
ginger ale, crackers, bread, tomato juice, as something to do with the acid in it aids in the comfort.
I have heard that if lie on your stomach with arms above your head, head to one side, and one leg pulled up, it will help. I have also found that crackers help and a soda w/out color, like Sierra Mist, Sprite, or 7 Up. Hope these help.
Try coke syrup or drink some coca-cola. Chamomile tea works best for me. Saltine crackers help dry up a sour stomach. It absorbs the unnecessary acid I your stomach.
apples, celery and as a last resort a teas of baking soda in 8 oz of water.
Ginger tea works well for a upset stomach, as well as peppermint tea
I'll add one that hasn't been mentioned. An apple a day as the old adage says is actually very medicinal for the stomach. It has completely stopped my acid reflux.
To go along with the other suggestions, the use of honey is also good but make sure it is raw honey. With processed honey you might as well just take a spoonful of sugar because that's what it turns into.
Proper eating habits is much better then drugs or chemicals which really only treat the symptoms.
The best way is to drink pepperming tea. Peppermint is a natural 'healer' of the digestive system.
I have personally found that ginger root, and peppermint help settle my stomach. A friend of mine uses papaya to settle hers. There are lots of natural ways. If it's you that is having the stomach problems, is there anything you are eating or drinking that your body doesn't want inside if it anymore?
You could go with the BRAT diet for upset stomach.
R- red tea
A- apples/ applesauce
Diet ginger ale (no ice) and sucking on suger free peppermint candy. Saltless crackers, 2 hrs into the upset. Warm lemon water or green tea. Dry toast or melba toast. Bland food the entire next day. I'm usually sick a couple days after a upset stomach.
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