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In times when you have an upset stomach, it is always best to first try natural remedies to elevate the problem. We all know the unsettling feeling of having gas, bloating, indigestion, heartburn, or even feel nauseous and vomit, or maybe be constipated or have diarrhea. There are some ways you can try to remedy those situations at home, if it’s not a medical condition that you suffer from. Today, we are going to tell you what you can do to make an upset stomach feel better!

Natural remedies for upset stomach

People have been experiencing this health condition since the dawn of time, that is why there are remedies, which don’t include medicine. If it is not a serious illness, it is always better to try to elevate a health issue with the help of nature! Here are some of the best known natural remedies for an upset stomach!

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

We are aware that this liquid is not something tasty on its own, however if you take one tablespoon it can work wonders to neutralize an upset stomach. In case that you cannot stomach apple vinegar on its own, you can mix it with a cup of water, and even add a teaspoon of honey. The main reason why vinegar helps when you have an upset stomach is that the acids inside of it have the ability to help decrease starch digestion. Furthermore, in this way, it assists the body to keep the bacteria in the gut healthy.

Note: Do not put honey inside the mix, if you are experiencing diarrhea. 

2. Peppermint

People have been using this herb to treat stomach aches, or nausea for hundreds of years! The reason is that peppermint leaves contain menthol, which is a natural analgesic, and pain reliever. You can aid nausea or upset stomach, only by sniffing peppermint leaves. However, if that doesn’t help, try drinking it in a tea, or sucking on a peppermint candy, or even chewing on the leaves themselves.

3. Ginger (widely considered one of the best natural remedies for upset stomach)

Just like peppermint, ginger has been used to help treat an upset stomach, since ancient times. Nowadays, these claims have been backed up by science. The reason is that ginger has strong, natural anti-inflammatory properties. You can consume it in various ways, there are ginger chews and supplements, however the best way to take it while experiencing stomach problems is in the form of tea. Just chop up some fresh ginger root and make a tea.

Note: Use 1 tablespoon of chopped ginger per 1 cup of water. Chop the ginger into small pieces and then boil them for 7–12 minutes.

Go on BRAT diet for a couple of days

It is common for doctors to recommend the BRAT diet for people with diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. BRAT stands for Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast. These foods won’t upset the stomach and will most likely decrease the number of stools a person passes. Because these foods are bland, they do not contain substances that irritate the stomach, throat, or intestines. However, keep in mind that you need to cook the rice without any oils, or spices and not fried! All in all, staying on the BRAT diet for a few days can soothe an upset stomach, caused by vomiting or diarrhea.

Other things to try to elevate stomach problems

  • Whatever the case, drinking enough water is always the best thing that you can do! However, do not gulp it all in one breath! Take small sips at a time. You want to avoid dehydration at all costs, as it will make your condition much worse and cause even more unsettling symptoms! 
  • Another thing you need to do is to, of course, avoid smoking and drinking alcohol! 
  • Drinking chamomile tea can also help aid an upset stomach, as it is also known to be a natural anti-inflammatory. Therefore, this herb can help your stomach muscles relax, which can reduce the pain of cramping and spasms.
  • Lastly, it will be best for you to avoid dairy products, nuts, fish, and eggs for a couple of days, until you get your gut flora back in shape.


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Dr. Disha Trivedi

Dr. Disha Trivedi is PhD in Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology. She is working as a medical writer and researcher at MVS Pharma GmbH.