Three Natural Remedies For an Upset Stomach
Most of us have had an upset stomach at one time or another, primarily because of something we ate or drank that our system is struggling to digest.
Whilst painkillers may ease some of the worst symptoms, there are some natural remedies that can also relieve cramps, back spasms, vomiting, nausea and / or diarrhea.
We’ve looked at three of the most popular home remedies for an upset tummy.
Peppermint tea and peppermint oil have been known for centuries as a potential remedy for an upset stomach.
According to experts, peppermint calms, numbs and blocks the increase of calcium ions which can cause cramping and relaxes the involuntary muscles of the digestive tract. This action relieves bloating and nausea and also allows accumulated wind to pass through the tract easing indigestion and discomfort.
You can find peppermint tea in most supermarkets and peppermint oil capsules in reputable health stores.
Ginger is one of the most common natural remedies for an unhappy tummy. It’s believed to work because of chemicals called gingerols and shogaols which increase stomach contractions and may move foods causing indigestion through the body quicker.
The chemicals in ginger may also help to reduce nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Try adding ginger to food or drinking it as a tea to provide relief. Some all-natural ginger ales may also help to calm an upset stomach.
Cinnamon contains several antioxidants that can ease digestion and cut the risk of irritation and damage in the digestive tract.
The spice also contains an agent called carminative which helps break up intestinal gas, reduce bloating and cramping, and has traditionally been used to calm diarrhea and morning sickness.
Some of the antioxidants in cinnamon include:
If you have an upset stomach, try adding one teaspoon of good-quality cinnamon powder, or an inch of a cinnamon stick to meals, until the symptoms are relieved.
Remember, if your symptoms persist then you should see a GP as soon as possible. Especially if you experience ongoing vomiting or diarrhea which can quickly lead to dehydration.