How to Calm an Upset Stomach

By Jay White

February 11, 2015   •   Fact checked by Dumb Little Man

<p>There is no need to visit the local pharmacy for relief from an upset stomach. Many effective remedies are available in your kitchen or nearby grocery aisle.</p>
<h2>Baking Soda</h2>
<p>Baking soda contains sodium bicarbonate, a proven home remedy for indigestion. Follow the antacid instructions on the label to mix the right proportions of baking soda to water. The drink rebalances pH and eliminates gas. This is a sodium compound so do not use it if you have high blood pressure or are limiting your sodium intake.</p>
<p>Ginger or ginger ale is one of the most frequently used stomach upset remedies. It has been used since ancient times to cure nausea and dyspepsia. Ginger can be chewed, paired with peppermint or brewed alone in a tea. Ginger tea is effective against nausea, heartburn, gas, and constipation.</p>
<h2>The B.R.A.T. Diet</h2>
<p>Parents with young children are familiar with the B.R.A.T. diet – bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast – as a sure-fire way to soothe upset tummies. These foods are all perfect to alleviate nausea and diarrhea. Eating a bland diet allows people with upset stomachs to eat without aggravating their symptoms.</p>
<p>Peppermint, especially when paired with caraway, has been used to treat upset stomachs as far back as ancient Egypt. Peppermint eases contractions of the stomach and intestines, reducing spasms and calming the symptoms of stomach upset. Consume mint team up to three times daily on an empty stomach to prevent digestive problems.</p>
<h2>Apple Cider Vinegar</h2>
<p>The acids in apple cider vinegar help neutralize an upset stomach. Many people find it too strong, so they mix it with an equal amount of water and a teaspoon of honey to make it more palatable. Some people even take a spoonful of ACV daily to prevent stomach problems.</p>
<h2>Caraway Seeds</h2>
<p>Caraway seeds help prevent the growth of bad gut bacteria that cause indigestion, bloating, gas and upset stomachs. You can eat the seeds after meals, add them to cooking, combine them with peppermint or make a tea with the seeds alone. Caraway tea works best when consumed on an empty stomach.</p>
<h2>Fennel Seeds</h2>
<p>Fennel seeds, like caraway, help reduce indigestion, bloating and gas. The seeds can be chewed, eaten raw or brewed into tea. Fennel is one of the most prescribed natural remedies for stomach problems. Drink up to three cups of brewed fennel tea to help reduce stomach cramps and gas.</p>

Jay White

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