How to Soothe an Upset Stomach Using Natural Remedies
Many people suffer from stomach upset. Some experience this problem occasionally while others experience it regularly. Most sufferers prefer the simplicity of a home remedy rather than a trip to the doctor. The good news is that there are many home remedies for calming an upset stomach. Two effective remedies are ginger and kefir.
Ginger’s Effect on the Stomach
Ginger is a plant native to tropical areas of the world. The root or rhizome is the part of the plant used to treat stomach problems. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center’s website, the root contains volatile oils that relieve digestive discomfort. Ginger use dates back many centuries and today is a medically recognized and effective treatment for nausea, indigestion and minor stomach upset.
Making tea from ginger is a simple, easy way to derive its stomach-soothing benefits. The recipe follows:
1. Take a firm, one to two inch piece of ginger and peel it.
2. Cut the ginger into slices and dice it well—as if dicing an onion.
3. Boil two cups of water and remove from heat.
4. Add the diced ginger and let it steep, covered, for five minutes.
5. Strain the ginger from the liquid and enjoy.
Refrigerate any leftover tea for later use.
Kefir’s Effect on the Stomach
Kefir is fermented milk and is a drink that is gaining in popularity due to its high probiotic content. The medical community is just beginning to understand the importance of probiotics for the body’s digestive system. Often, stomach upset is the result of an imbalance of the digestive flora in the gut. Kefir has the ability to replenish that flora thereby relieving stomach upset. Because it’s milk-based, it soothes and coats the stomach. Those who are lactose intolerant can usually tolerate kefir because it improves the digestion of lactose reports Science Daily.
Kefir is available at many grocery stores, but it is better to make it at home. Making kefir at home guarantees freshness and quality. Kefir is extraordinarily easy to make. The steps are as follows:
1. The first step is to obtain some kefir grains—a gelatinous substance used for fermentation. Two tablespoons are sufficient. Ebay is a good source, however there are many online retailers offering kefir grains.
2. Place the kefir grains in a quart-sized canning jar and fill it 90% full with milk.
3. Cover the jar with a folder paper towel, and secure it with a rubber band.
4. Allow to sit at least 24-hours.
5. Stir well with a wooden or plastic spoon, and strain the kefir grains from the milk.
Refrigerate the strained kefir and add more milk to the kefir grains to keep a fresh supply of kefir on hand.
Whenever stomach upset is an issue, try these homemade remedies for quick relief.