Health & Diet

Natural Remedies For Stomach Sickness

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Beside stomach sickness is uncomfortable it is also embarrassing. Indigestion strikes millions of people around the world.

The culprit be a serious problem, such as irritable bowel syndrome, gastrointestinal disease or an ulcer, or a simple problem eating too much too fast.

While there are many medications at local pharmacies, there are also a few natural remedies which can be just as effective for stomach sickness.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is one of the best home remedies for just about anything. Most people put one teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink it. Some people also add a little bit of honey to mellow the flavor. Many people produce less stomach acid as they age, which bogs down digestion. However, additional acid helps get things moving once again.

Raw Honey

Raw honey contains the enzymes diastase, glucose oxidase, inulase, catalase, invertase and acid phosphatase, which help in assimilation and digestion. Studies have shown that honey is also effective against Candida albicans and E. coli. Combine with your apple cider vinegar drink or take a spoonful on its own.

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Baking soda

Add ½ to 1 teaspoon of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) to a glass of water, mix it very well and drink it. However, you should drink this only occasionally. This fizzy drink can brink on a burp which can reduce acidity in the stomach and ease stomach pressure. Keep in mind that you should not use baking soda if your stomach is upset due to excessive overeating. There have been many cases when man’s stomach exploded from taking baking soda on a full belly.

Peppermint

Peppermint, spearmint, and other member of the same plant family were used to treat stomach sickness in ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt. Today, oil and leaf of peppermint are usually paired with caraway in order to relieve irritable bowel and dyspeptic symptoms. Menthone and menthol, compounds found in peppermint, can inhibit smooth muscle contractions, which reduces gastrointestinal spasms.

Ginger

One study has found that ginger helps move food through our digestive tracts quickly. However, the researchers were surprised when they found that this popular home remedy does nothing to alleviate the symptoms of stomach sickness. Ginger can be much more effective for symptoms when paired with peppermint. A study has shown that ¾ of people improved their symptoms after they consumed a combination of peppermint and ginger.

Spices

Caraway, fenugreek, ginger, fennel, coriander, cardamom and other herbs are used as digestive aids. Just chew several seeds or nibble some candied ginger in order to soothe intestinal spasms and relieve nausea.

Papaya

Papaya enzyme capsules or papaya fruit are both effective for stomach sickness. Chymopapain and papain are enzymes found in papaya, which are similar to digestive enzymes. You can take some papaya enzymes capsules or enjoy some fresh papaya, but don’t expect the same result from dried papaya. Dried papaya is likely low on enzymes. Instead, look for organic papaya and the papaya crop.

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