Home Remedies to Fix that Upset Tummy:
When it comes to minor ailments, I go for natural remedies over pharmaceuticals. This is typical for someone living in Portland. A lot of people here lean toward the natural remedies first. However, I always consult with my doctor if it is anything meds-worthy. I am not a physician and do not recommend the following home remedies as medical “cures” for anything. They are simply things I have tried for an upset stomach that have worked for me. Try at your own risk., please, or better yet, consult a physician before trying any of them.
Carrot and Mint “Juice”
This concoction may be the ticket. The carrot provides nourishment and peppermint soothes an upset stomach. To make it, boil four sliced carrots, four cups of water, and one teaspoon of dried peppermint or one peppermint teabag. Turn the heat to medium-low and cook about 15 minutes or until carrots are malleable. If a teabag is used, remove it before blending the mixture until smooth. Enjoy! You can also add a pinch of ground ginger to further soothe, or a squeeze of lemon juice for flavor. Chill well before serving.
Pok-Pok, an excellent Thai restaurant near our home, serves rice tea when people request water. They also serve drinking vinegars that are great for an upset stomach. To settle the tum-tum or stop diarrhea, make a rice “tea.” Boil 1/2 cup of rice in six cups of water for about 15 minutes. Strain out the rice, then flavor the water with a dash of honey or sugar and drink warm.
Burnt Toast ….Yes, really.
Toast is good for an upset stomach, right? …but burnt toast is even better! The char absorbs toxins that are making you feel crummy. Add a smear of jelly if you’d like.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This is an oldie, but goodie, that my grandmother and mother always used. A mixture of one tablespoon apple cider vinegar, one cup warm water, and one tablespoon honey will ease indigestion and may alleviate cramping and gas in your upset stomach. It can also lessen discomfort caused by heartburn.
The CRAP Diet …uh, huh. I said, “CRAP”! 🙂
If you’re feeling constipated, try the CRAP diet: It stands for “cherries, raisins, apricots, and prunes.” These are all fiber-friendly foods that should get the ‘ol system moving and ease that upset stomach.
You probably don’t crave anything dairy when you have a stomach ache. However, the probiotic qualities of yogurtmake it a good remedy, as it eases digestive discomfort and boosts the immune system. Be make sure to choose non-fat plain yogurt without the sugar or flavors that some yogurt companies add.
Caraway seeds contain a lot of vitamins and minerals, all of which inhibit the growth of the types of bacteria that cause gas, indigestion or bloating. Chomp down a handful of these delicious seeds after eating, or when you feel gassy. Miraculous!
I’m a fresh fennel freak anyway, but especially when I have an upset stomach. Whether it’s indigestion or gas and bloating, fennel to the rescue! Sip fennel tea, chew on some fennel seeds or crunch on some fresh, raw fennel. Fennel supports digestion, reduces gas, helps with cramping, and lessens nausea from an upset stomach.