Upset stomachs seem to hit at the most inopportune time! Bloating, stomach cramps, gas, pressure--the discomfort can be downright unbearable. Sometimes the remedies for an upset stomach can be found right in your kitchen.
Whether your stomach is bothering you because you ate too much or because you're stressed out, one of these 10 home remedies can help calm and soothe your upset tummy.
1. Baking soda. Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an age-old remedy for upset stomachs. Dr. Alwyn Wong of Doctors Health Press recommends mixing 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda with a glass of water and drinking it. You can repeat this every two hours as needed.
2. Ginger. Since it is a natural anti-inflammatory, making ginger tea and drinking it can help sooth the irritation that can come with overeating.
3. Peppermint. Great for treating nausea, peppermint has the advantage of being consumed in many ways. Healthline gives the options of drinking tea or sucking on candy. Doctors Health Press adds that even chewing peppermint gum can help.
4. Apple cider vinegar. Another tried-and-true remedy recommended by Healthline is apple cider vinegar. You can take 1 tablespoon of it straight; or if that's too potent for you, you can mix it with water and add some honey to sweeten it.
5. Chamomile tea. Relaxing the muscles of the digestive track, chamomile tea can help when you find yourself overeating. Doctors Health Press recommends brewing a cup and drink it around mealtime.
6. Rice tea. If you haven't got any chamomile tea handy, grab some rice. Doctors Health Press says to put 1/2 cup of rice in 6 cups of water and boil it for 15 minutes. Drain the rice out and drink the tea. You can add some honey for taste if you need it.
7. Soda water. Healthline also recommends using club soda or ginger ale to help calm an upset stomach. Ginger ale has the advantage of the club soda and ginger.
8. Heat. Heating pads and hot water bottles increase the flow of blood to the area that is bothering you. Lying down and putting a source of heat on your stomach is recommended by Doctors Health Press.
9. Change your eating habits. Doctors Health Press also recommends eating plenty of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. The extra fiber helps ward off indigestion.
10. Eat less. As tempting as taking a second or third helping of food can be, overeating is often the source of an upset stomach. Simply limiting the portions you take can solve a lot of your discomfort, according to Doctors Health Press.
The next time your stomach acts up, don't despair. Go to your kitchen cupboards and take inventory. If you have a candy cane left over from Christmas, now may be a good time to suck on it. Brewing some tea could solve that stubborn tummy ache. If a stomach ache persists for too long, be sure to seek medical attention, but for the simple case of overeating, one of these 10 home remedies may be just what the doctor ordered.
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