Gastroenteritis, or the stomach flu, is probably something that has affected everyone at some point in their lives. It is caused by a bacterial infection and is characterized by extreme nausea, stomach cramps and pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. While this infection thankfully doesn’t usually last longer than 2-3 days, it can be an extremely uncomfortable period of time.
Natural Remedies for Gastroenteritis
Falling victim to gastroenteritis will have you looking for a cure as quickly as possible. Luckily, there are many natural solutions that have been shown to help address this condition and its unpleasant symptoms, reducing discomfort and expediting the recovery time.
1. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is so soothing and has been used for centuries to treat upset stomach. Chamomile tea is full of antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties which help settle the stomach and reduce nausea. In addition, these properties help boost your immune system, expediting the recovery process.
The active ingredients in ginger help soothe the stomach, protect the stomach’s lining, and eliminate nausea. You can chomp on a ginger root if that’s your thing, or you can sprinkle some powder onto whatever food you’re able to keep down. You can also boil a cup of hot water with some fresh ginger root and then drink the tea.
There is a reason that doctors and nurses tell you to drink LOTS of fluids when you are sick. Especially when you have gastroenteritis, your body can easily become dehydrated, which will exacerbate your stomach cramps and increase your discomfort. It is very important that your body has plenty of fluids to help repair itself and fight off the infection.
Mint has long been recognized for its cooling, soothing, and anti-inflammatory effects. For an effective remedy, you can chew on a mint leaf to relieve stomach issues, or brew yourself a nice cup of fresh mint tea. Sometimes just the smell of mint/peppermint can be enough to soothe the stomach.
Cinnamon, especially when combined with honey, can improve the health of your immune system and help you to recover from gastroenteritis. Cinnamon is especially soothing to an upset stomach and can easily be sprinkled into your hot tea (or beverage of choice).
Turmeric is full of antioxidants, bioflavonoids, vitamins and minerals, which make it beneficial to the body and successful in treating various ailments. Scientists aren’t sure exactly what it is in turmeric that makes it so effective for treating nausea and digestive issues, but nobody is doubting its efficacy.
Gastroenteritis can be extremely uncomfortable and will leave you craving relief as soon as possible. The above natural remedies will help address the many side effects of this stomach flu as well as expedite the healing process.
Do you have suggestions to add to this list of natural remedies for gastroenteritis?