An upset stomach can come out of nowhere. It may be as a result of something we ate, a virus or infection we are fighting or simply because we are nervous and churned up over something. Whatever the reason, the best news is we don’t have to reach for chemical-based drugs to help settle an upset stomach.
There are a number of tried and tested natural remedies that can be applied which can effectively settle the tummy and help you get back on track.
Please be aware that none of the methods offered below are based on medical advice so please take them on board knowing that you should seek professional medical advice if your symptoms persist.
1. Alkaline Water
An upset stomach is usually the result of acid buildup. Did you know that alkaline water helps to counteract this?
Drinking alkaline water, regularly, will almost eliminate any upset tummy issues caused by acidity.
Why? Because alkaline water, sometimes referred to as glacier water, has zero acidity. The pH level of alkaline water is 3 or 4.
Coconut water is natural alkaline water. Just make sure there is no sugar added.
Peppermint is a fantastic herb and useful as a natural medicine in many ways. Try peppermint tea or pick mint leaves from your garden and soak them in some warm water and sip it.
3. Crackers and Lemonade
Very commonly we hear about eating some soda crackers, or dry salty biscuits and sipping on some lemonade or ginger-ale. Ginger itself is a fantastic natural remedy and commonly used to help with nausea associated with pregnancy too.
4. Baking Soda
Believe it or not, baking soda is one solution you probably would never think of.
Simply add 1 tsp of baking soda to 1/2 cup water and drink it. As strange as it sounds it is very harmless and helps to balance the pH levels in your stomach.
If you don’t have baking soda at home, you can get it in a tablet form called sodium bicarbonate.
Keeping it real
The most important tip is to consume real foods. Anything like ginger root or sipping on hot water with lemon juice works well.
- Try to avoid teas with added sugars or anything with artificial flavours.
- Try to eat only raw foods until your stomach settles down or at least settle for bland items including skinless chicken and boiled rice. A piece of dry toast is also a great idea.
Is prevention the best medicine?
Try to be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to looking after your health.
Avoiding pre-packaged and processed foods or unnatural food that has had chemical additives added. For many people, they are sensitive to the chemicals secretly added into foods.