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Upset Stomach: Home Remedies for Upset Stomach

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An upset stomach often is coupled with diarrhea, which is the frequent passage of stools that are loose and watery.

Upset stomach can also range from slightly annoying to extremely uncomfortable and even painful. But if treated timely and effectively, it is usually not a serious problem.

There can be many causes of this problem, including food poisoning, an infection, an allergic reaction, overeating, too much stress, excessive drinking, motion sickness, a side effect of medication, a gastrointestinal disease or even pregnancy.

Symptoms vary depending on the cause, but may include watery or loose stools, abdominal bloating, cramps, heartburn, chills, nausea and vomiting.

Remedies

Rice Tea: To settle an upset stomach 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.

Carrot and Mint Juice: The carrot provides nourishment and peppermint soothes your upset stomach. 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 soft. If you're using a teabag, remove it, then blend the mixture until smooth and enjoy! You can also add a pinch of ground ginger to further soothe, or a squeeze of lemon juice for flavor.

Cumin Seeds: This popular cooking spice can also be used to treat gastrointestinal issues like upset stomach. It helps inhibit smooth muscle contractions, which in turn calms the stomach. Plus, it aids digestion by increasing enzyme secretions.

Boil one teaspoon of cumin seeds in one cup of water for five minutes. Drink this solution while it is still warm at regular intervals for one or two days.
Add one-half teaspoon of roasted cumin seeds and a little bit of black salt to a glass of buttermilk. Drink this mixture after meals for two to three days to enhance digestion.
Alternatively, you can take one-fourth teaspoon of roasted cumin seeds powder with one-half teaspoon of honey three to four times a day.

Ginger: is a popular and highly effective ingredient to treat upset stomach. It has antifungal and antibacterial properties that help soothe stomach pains and relieve indigestion, as well as reducing the frequency of loose stools. It also contains chemicals that help relax the intestinal tract.

Add one-half teaspoon of dry ginger powder to one cup of buttermilk, mix it well and drink this solution three or four times a day for two days. You can also add a pinch of asafetida also known as hing in this solution.
Simmer a few slices of fresh ginger in two cups of boiling water for 10 minutes. Let it cool and then drink the tea several times a day.
Warning: Ginger remedies are not suitable for those suffering from high blood pressure.

Apple Cider Vinegar: When it comes to home remedies for upset stomach, apple cider vinegar definitely ranks among the best. The high pectin concentration in apple cider vinegar soothes an irritated stomach and relieves nausea. Also, its acidic nature helps get things moving in a normal pattern.

Add one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water.
Add a little honey to make the solution taste a bit better.
Drink this with each meal until you get complete relief from your symptoms.

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Yogurt: Another very promising ingredient used for treating upset stomach and indigestion is yogurt. Not just any yogurt, but the one that contains live bacteria cultures like Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.

These live bacteria cultures help restore the balance of good bacteria in your intestines, which in turn helps your body heal more effectively and quickly from indigestion and diarrhea.

Simply eat two to three cups of yogurt daily until you get relief. You can also add banana or apple slices to it to enhance the taste as well as effectiveness.

Bananas: are considered a super food for treating gastrointestinal problems like indigestion and loose stools.The fruit is easily digestible and helps absorb excess acid in the stomach.

It is rich in pectin that will help solidify stools. Also, the high potassium content present in bananas helps replace electrolytes that may be lost when suffering from diarrhea.

Mash a ripe banana and mix it in a glass of buttermilk. Drink this two or three times daily for one to two days.
Mash a ripe banana in a bowl and mix in one teaspoon of tamarind pulp and a little bit of salt. Eat this mixture twice daily for one to two days.

Fenugreek Seeds: Another excellent home remedy to fight upset stomach and gastritis is fenugreek seeds. The high amount of mucilage present in fenugreek seeds helps bulk up your stool and thereby provides instant relief.

Swallow one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds powder followed by one tablespoon of yogurt two to three times a day for immediate relief.
Alternatively, add one to two teaspoons of fenugreek seeds powder to a glass of water. Drink it twice daily for two to three days.

Cinnamon: can treat various gastrointestinal problems and help calm an upset stomach. Due to its carminative properties, it helps stimulate the digestive system to move things easily and in normal manner.

Make cinnamon tea by stirring one-fourth teaspoon of cinnamon powder into a cup of hot water. Let it sit for up to five minutes and then sip it slowly. Drink the tea up to four times a day for two days.
Add one-half teaspoon of cinnamon powder and one tablespoon of pure honey to a glass of warm water. Mix it well. Drink this about three times a day for two days.
Sprinkle one-half teaspoon of cinnamon powder onto lightly buttered toast. Enjoy this several times a day for a few days.

Fennel: works as an excellent remedy to calm an upset stomach, ease pain and relieve bloating thanks to its carminative, stomachic, antimicrobial and antispasmodic properties. Fennel seeds also contain a volatile oil that stimulates the secretion of digestive juices.

Mix two teaspoons of fennel seeds (crushed lightly with the back of a spoon) in a cup of hot water. Cover, let it steep for 10 minutes and then strain it. Drink this tea two or three times a day for a few days.
Simply chewing one to one and one-half teaspoons of fennel seeds a day, preferably after meals, will also help.
Many people get complete relief using one or more of these home remedies. However, consult a doctor if you have severe stomach pains, vomiting or diarrhea for more than 24 hours without improvement.

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