Stomach ailments are so common; everyone experiences them at one point or another. There are dozens of reasons why you might get a tummy ache. The severity of an upset stomach can range from slightly annoying to extremely uncomfortable and even painful. But if treated timely and effectively, it is usually not a serious problem. Whatever may be the reason for an upset stomach; these simple home remedies are all you need for quick relief!
Bananas are considered a super food for treating gastrointestinal problems like indigestion and loose stools. The fruit is easily digestible and helps absorb excess acid in the stomach.
Remedy 1: Mash a ripe banana in a bowl and mix in one teaspoon of tamarind pulp and a little bit of salt. Eat this mixture twice daily for one to two days.
Remedy 2: Mash a ripe banana and mix it in a glass of buttermilk. Drink this two to three times daily for one to two days.
Peppermint is often cited as a helpful fix for nausea and upset stomach because the menthol in its leaves is a natural analgesic. The antibacterial and antispasmodic properties in this herb help calm an upset stomach. Also, it contains antioxidants and phytonutrients that help improve digestion and stimulate bile flow.
How to use: Use a blender to extract one teaspoon of mint juice from fresh mint leaves. Add one teaspoon each of honey and lime juice and mix it well. Drink this twice daily for two to three days to get rid of stomach ache and diarrhoea.
You probably don’t crave anything dairy when you have a stomach ache, but the probiotic qualities of yogurt make it a good cure as it eases digestive discomfort and boosts your immune system. Just make sure to choose non-fat plain yogurt without added sugar or flavours when you have an upset stomach.
This popular cooking spice can also be used to treat gastrointestinal issues like upset stomach. It helps inhibit smooth muscle contractions, which in turn calms the stomach. Plus, it aids digestion by increasing enzyme secretions.
Remedy 1: Add one-half teaspoon of roasted cumin seeds and a little bit of black salt to a glass of buttermilk. Drink this mixture after meals for two to three days to enhance digestion.
Remedy 2: Alternatively, you can take one-fourth teaspoon of roasted cumin seeds powder with one-half teaspoon of honey three to four times a day.
Papaya fruit or papaya enzyme capsules are both effective at assisting with digestion. Papaya contains the enzymes papain and chymopapain, which are similar to digestive enzymes. Papain is used in many commercial meat tenderizers because it helps break down proteins. Enjoy some fresh papaya or take some papaya enzymes capsules, but don’t expect the same results from dried papaya.
Fennel works as an excellent remedy to calm an upset stomach, ease pain and relieve bloating thanks to its carminative, stomachic, antimicrobial and antispasmodic properties. Fennel seeds also contain a volatile oil that stimulates the secretion of digestive juices.
How to use: Mix two teaspoons of fennel seeds (crushed lightly with the back of a spoon) in a cup of hot water. Cover, let it steep for 10 minutes and then strain it. Drink this tea two or three times a day for a few days.