How To: Sooth an upset stomach

Sooth an upset stomach

Everyone gets an upset stomach from time to time. The first line of defense in this high-tech age is still old-time remedies! Watch this video to learn how to sooth an upset stomach.

You Will Need

* Cola
* Peppermint or chamomile tea
* Ginger
* Cider vinegar
* Toast or crackers
* Over-the-counter medications
* Relaxation techniques

WARNING: If your symptoms persist or worsen, or if they are accompanied by fever, severe vomiting, or bloody stool, consult your doctor.

Step 1. Reach for relief

Grab a cola or brew an herbal tea, such as peppermint or chamomile.

Drink slowly, in small amounts.

Step 2. Try ginger or cider vinegar

Try ginger in any form, such as ginger ale, to reduce symptoms. Or take a spoonful of cider vinegar.

Step 3. Avoid certain liquids and foods

Avoid milk, coffee, alcohol, and food. When you start to feel better, eat something bland such as crackers or dry toast, and only in small quantities.

Step 4. Try over-the-counter medications

Try over-the-counter antacids for heartburn and indigestion if home remedies don't work.

Ask your pharmacist for recommendations.

Step 5. Try relaxation methods

Meditate and do breathing exercises to reduce stress, which can tie up your digestive system in knots.

Step 6. Wait it out

Wait a few hours and your stomach will likely feel much better. Ah, relief!

FACT: Peppermint oil can also be used to treat nausea, cold symptoms, headaches, and muscle and nerve pain.

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