Stomachaches are so common that everyone experiences them at one point or another.
There are scores of reasons why you might get a tummy ache.
The majority of cases are not serious and the symptoms pass quickly.
Generally, there is no point to look further than your kitchen for a solution.
Since ancient times, people have used ginger as a cure-all for everything from pain to nausea.
Studies have shown that ginger can be a very effective treatment for some kinds of stomach upset.
A natural anti-inflammatory, ginger is available in many forms, all of which can help.
Ginger chews and supplements are easy to take, while other people prefer their ginger in beverage form.
Try an all-natural ginger ale or chop up some fresh ginger root and make a tea.
3. Chamomile tea
A nice cup of chamomile tea can help relieve the pain of an upset stomach by acting as an anti-inflammatory.
These anti-inflammatory properties help your stomach muscles relax, which can reduce the pain of cramping and spasms.
4. BRAT diet
BRAT is an acronym for bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast diet to calm an upset stomach.
It can help with nausea or diarrhea.
BRAT contains low-fiber, high-binding foods.
These foods are free from salt or spices, hence they cannot exacerbate the symptoms.
This bland diet is a go-to for when you are feeling sick but still have to eat something.
Try overcooking the toast — the charred bread is believed to reduce nausea.
Peppermint is often cited as a helpful fix for nausea and upset stomach as the menthol in its leaves is a natural analgesic or pain reliever.
Brewing a cup of peppermint or spearmint tea
Sniffing peppermint extract
Chewing on the leaves themselves
This should keep stomach pangs at bay and alleviate feelings of nausea.
6. Apple cider vinegar
If you can stomach it, try taking this acidic pantry staple by the tablespoon to neutralize an upset stomach.
If it is too strong then mix a tablespoon with a cup of water and a teaspoon of honey, and sip it slowly.
The acids in apple cider vinegar may help reduce starch digestion, allowing the starch to get to the intestines and keep the bacteria in the gut healthy.
Some individuals take a spoonful each day as a preventive measure.
7. Heating pad
You might find a heating pad or hot water bottle soothing when you are feeling sick, thus cuddle up to your electric blanket and take it easy until your symptoms pass.
The warmth on your stomach will distract your attention from any cramping or pain, and the heat can help to relax your muscles and reduce your nausea.
However, do not use it for too long time because the heat can damage your skin if overused.
Take note that stomach problems at times are an indication of a more severe problem.
Prolonged vomiting puts you at risk for dehydration.
Taking a little sip of water can help stop dehydration.
Consult a physician if you cannot keep water for longer than 6 hours.
You should also call your physician if you experience nausea or stomach pain and discomfort for more than 48 hours.
If you notice that you are regularly having stomach problems after eating certain foods or engaging in specific activities, talk to your physician about your symptoms at your next visit.
It may seem inconsequential but a quick visit to your family physician can rule out Crohn’s disease, a food allergy, or any other concerns.