Tired of taking too many medicines for treating your upset stomach or simply wondering about natural alternatives? You have come to the right place. Below is a compilation of tips on how to calm an upset stomach naturally. A word of caution though—the tips you find here are not meant to replace your doctor’s advice. Here they are:
- Examine your diet, eating and drinking habits and lifestyle. Upset stomachs are caused by a lot of things like skipping meals, eating too much, having too much fatty foods, pepper and spices in your diet, too much coffee, dairy and other foods that are known to cause stomach upsets. Stomach upsets can also be an offshoot of stress.
- Figure out what foods are cause you to have an upset stomach. Some people experience upset stomachs due to eating too much broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, beans apples and melons.
- Check your medication. Too much laxatives, over dependence on aspirins and ibuprofen can cause upset stomachs. Also, there are some ingredients in synthetic drugs that could be triggering your upset stomach. Consult your physician about switching brands.
- Modify your diet, eating and drinking habits and make some lifestyle adjustments. Eat less of the foods that are known to trigger your stomach upsets. Limit your intake of fatty foods, dairy and coffee for instance, if they trigger upset stomachs. As for lifestyle adjustments, incorporate exercise into your daily activities and quit smoking if you are a smoker. Research on and apply stress reduction methods; relax more often. This is good not only for gas but your general fitness and well-being.
- Eat more stomach friendly foods. Caraway seeds, fennel seeds, crackers, and bananas are known to aid digestion and reduce stomach gas.
- Gradually incorporate fiber-rich foods into your diet.
- Mind food preparation. Cut up the food in smaller manageable pieces. Rinse out canned beans before cooking it to reduce gas.
- Chew your food properly.
- Drink more water. Water is a great neutralizer of excessive stomach acids.
- Try some home remedies for immediate relief. Try putting a hot water compress on your upset stomach until it feels better. Heat stimulates circulation and is relaxing. Mix half a teaspoon of baking soda in a half-full glass of water and drink the mixture. The sodium bicarbonate in baking soda is a gas neutralizer.
- Try drinking cinnamon, ginger, fennel, and mint or thyme tea. These teas help in digestion and reduction of stomach gases. Preparation is easy. All you need to do is boil about a teaspoonful of ginger root, mint or thyme leave in a cup of water to make ginger, mint or thyme tea—straining is optional. Stir one-fourth to half a teaspoon of cinnamon in a cup of hot water to make cinnamon tea. To make fennel tea, put a teaspoon of fennel seeds in a cup of boiling water, cover the cup and leave it for ten minutes or so. Strain and enjoy on an empty stomach. You can also follow the steps for making fennel tea in making mint or thyme tea.
Now that you know how to calm an upset stomach naturally, there is no more reason for you to suffer the discomforts of an upset stomach. However, if symptoms persist, it is best to consult with your doctor for proper medication.