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Sick Stomach? Try This

Sick Stomach? Try This

Stomachaches and pains can be caused by many things, including:

  • Chronic constipation
  • Indigestion
  • Excessive gas
  • Food poisoning
  • Ulcers
  • Appendicitis
  • Inflammation of the gallbladder
  • Kidney stones
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Hernia

While some of these causes can be serious, sometimes an upset stomach is just that – a sick stomach. If you suffer from an occasional stomachache, here are some natural ways to remedy the ache:

Natural Remedies for Stomachache

Think tea! Add lemon and, if needed, some honey.

Eat an apple. Cut it up, keep the skin on, sprinkle with a little sugar and ground ginger. Heat it in the microwave for 40-45 seconds and eat warm.

Lime sherbet and lemon-lime soda. Place a few scoops of sherbet in a glass and add some soda. Great for kids.

Drink constant sips of either lukewarm or very warm water, but don’t drink it fast.

If you can, try drinking a teaspoon of vinegar.

Flat cola soda is also a helpful remedy.

To Avoid Stomachaches:

Drink water and lots of it. Water helps ensure smooth bowel movements.

Avoid processed food like cheese, chocolate, and dairy products.

Eat a balanced diet with plenty of dark green leafy vegetables.

Stay active. A morning walk can help keep your digestive system healthy.

Get enough rest — remember balance is the key.

And as always: if the pain is severe or lasts long, consult your doctor.

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