Few things are worse than an upset stomach. It takes the enjoyment out of eating and fellowship and activities. Worse yet is that most remedies just don't seem to work.
Don't despair. Some of the remedies below may take some time as you regulate your system, but you may find that controlling your sour stomach isn't as hard as you originally thought. Check out the 7 home remedies below.
1. Roughage. For those who fight dyspepsia, Medical News Today recommends controlling your diet. Eating a diet that is high in whole grains, fresh fruits, nuts and legumes may help control the symptoms.
2. Less and more. If you suffer from stomach pains that aren't related to an ulcer, the Mayo Clinic recommends eating smaller meals throughout the day (4-5) rather than 3 large ones.
3. Bland. Are you getting over the flu or some other stomach upset? WebMD recommends eating rice, bananas, applesauce and plain, white toast. The key is keeping the food bland, non-greasy and free from roughage until your system regains its balance.
4. Yogurt and broccoli. Gastritis is another common cause of an upset stomach. Medical News Today recommends eating 1 cup of broccoli heads every day for eight weeks to help with the problem. You can also try eating yogurt when you take your medication. The yogurt increases the effectiveness of the medication because of the bacteria in the yogurt.
5. Heartburn. WebMD says that a specific combination of caraway oil and peppermint oil helps alleviate heartburn. Unfortunately, for those who live in the United States, the particular product with the right combination is not available in the U.S.
6. Ground fennel. Medical News Today states that ground fennel is good for treating diarrhea, indigestion and dysentery. You can make the fennel into a tea and take it that way.
7. Carrot and peppermint juice. A new trend in home remedies for an upset stomach is carrot and peppermint juice. Peppermint has been proven to help a number of stomach problems according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Carrot juice has extra vitamins. Reader's Digest says to place 4 sliced carrots in 4 cups of water and bring it to a boil. Once boiling add 1 teaspoon of peppermint or 1 peppermint tea bag. Turn the heat down and let the mixture simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the peppermint and then blend the carrots and water. You can add a pinch of ginger for taste and then drink.
No longer is relief just spelled "ROLAIDS." Relief may come in diet control and natural teas that help soothe the tummy. By taking control of your diet, you can start living again.