10 Natural Ways to Settle Your Stomach from 10 Natural Ways to Settle Your Stomach (Slideshow)
10 Natural Ways to Settle Your Stomach (Slideshow)
10 Natural Ways to Settle Your Stomach
Stomach disorders affect more than 60 million people in the U.S. each year, and every day 1 in 18 Americans have heartburn. Whether it's IBS or newfound gluten intolerance, tummy troubles are on the rise and there is more than one way to help ease the pain.
Natural remedies have been placating disruptive digestive tracts for hundreds of years, and (if you get the go-ahead from your doctor) these methods may be just as effective as the over-the-counter meds you’ve been taking.
Ginger is a miracle worker for nausea and indigestion, and even helps reduce gas. Ginger in any form will do the trick, including tea or freshly grated or candied ginger. Unless you’re drinking the natural stuff, most ginger ale doesn’t actually contain any ginger.
Mint (peppermint, spearmint, etc.) aids in digestion and settles sour or upset stomachs by relaxing the stomach muscles. Brew a cup of peppermint tea using about one heaping teaspoon of loose peppermint leaves; steep in boiling water for 5 to 10 minutes, or until you reach the desired flavor.
Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe vera juice has cooling, anti-inflammatory properties and may help repair the internal damage done by stomach ulcers. Not a far stretch from the external uses (calming irritated and sunburnt skin) for which aloe is commonly employed.
Papaya is no longer just for your fruit salad. This tropical fruit has been used in Ayurveda traditional medicine for hundreds of years. It aids in both digestion and soothing an upset stomach, and also helps prevent excessive gas.
What to Avoid
When you have tummy troubles, it’s best to avoid carbonated beverages, processed meats, other types of processed foods, and overeating generally.