Article by Cherry Ann Ocampo
A tummy ache may not be something to be alarmed about, but when it hits you, it can sure ruin your day. It can be caused by gas, indigestion, acid reflux or maybe your tummy just didn’t agree with what you ate. When that happens, you feel nothing but the pain and discomfort.
Whatever the reason, when my tummy is having a bad day, I have several tried and true natural remedies that always worked to soothe my raging stomach.
Try some of these natural remedies that you can find right in your own home.
When there’s Nausea
This is the worst kind, in my opinion, as I hate vomiting. It can leave me feeling weak and dehydrated. – not to mention the sour taste in my taste that just invokes more vomiting. I drink a lot of water when this happens, to replenish the fluids that I lose. Vomiting, as unpleasant as it is, help expel the unwanted toxins from the body. I just bear with it and keep myself well hydrated until it stops.
Chamomile and Ginger tea also helps soothe my stomach. These 2 ingredients are known to provide fast relief from indigestion and keeps things moving along smoothly in the digestive tract. I just boil 3 cups of water with a couple of slices of ginger for 10 minutes – put it in a cup with the chamomile tea, squeeze lemon juice into the brew and wait for it to do its magic. The lemon contributes to the soothing effect.
When you can’t Eat
Eating is the last thing I want to do when I’m vomiting and suffering from stomach cramps. But I need to eat something to keep me strong until it gets better. Saltine Crackers and other bland foods always work. Choose foods that are easy to digest – and stay away from dairy.
When you have Gas
It swirls around your stomach, giving you cramps and the pain is in the midsection and your back. That would be gas. It sounds funny but it can be really painful. What I do is I put a warm compress on my stomach and back area and that seems to do the trick. You can use a bottle with warm water but make sure that it’s tightly closed to prevent spills.
When you ate too much
A glass of milk helps counteract the acid that accumulates in your stomach after you’ve eaten too much. I know I said to avoid dairy, but if you’re not vomiting, you can have a glass. A cup of tea with lemon is also a proven remedy for indigestion.
I make sure I get enough rest to give my body time to heal itself. If none of the above remedies work and you’ve been in pain for a couple of days, it may be time to see a doctor. An upset stomach is nothing to get upset about, but it may also be a sign of something else if the pain doesn’t go away.
Cherry is a Happy Wife, an Executive Assistant and a Freelance Writer from the Philippines. She has her own website, BlackCat’s Cave where she blogs about life, travels and healthy living. She is a firm advocate of eating healthy and is the main contributor to the website My Juice Cleanse Recipes. http://www.blackcatscave.com/; http://myjuicecleanserecipes.com/blog/