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    Try these 7 home hacks to treat an upset stomach

    By Edith Hatfield | Published on Oct 11, 2023

    Monsoons can wreak havoc on your gut, leaving you with an upset stomach. Whether you’re a kid or an adult, it’s difficult to escape the effects of this weather. But fret not! We’ve got some home hacks that can help you find relief and get rid of that gut-wrenching pain.

    Understanding the Causes

    According to Dr. Sameer Rambhia, an advanced gastrointestinal endoscopy and laparoscopy surgeon at House of Doctors, there are several causes that can lead to an upset stomach. Identifying the cause is the first step towards proper treatment. Inflammation of the stomach lining is a common culprit, resulting in issues like indigestion and an upset stomach.

    Some common causes of stomach inflammation include:

    • Bacterial infections like salmonella or E.coli
    • Viral infections
    • Allergic foods that irritate the stomach lining
    • Excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption
    • Underlying conditions like Crohn’s disease
    • Fungal molds
    • Preservatives in packed foods
    • Junk and oily food
    • Certain comorbidities
    • Side effects of specific drugs and medicines
    • Food poisoning caused by parasites
    • Stress and tension

    Signs of an Upset Stomach

    Certain individuals are more prone to experiencing an upset stomach, including pregnant women, children (3-15 years of age), elderly people, and those with compromised immune systems. It’s important to be aware of the symptoms so you can seek appropriate treatment.

    Look out for these signs of an upset stomach:

    • Abdominal pain or cramps
    • Indigestion
    • Vomiting and nausea
    • Diarrhea
    • High fever (101.5 °F) and fatigue
    • Chills
    • Light-headedness
    • Dehydration
    • Dizziness
    • Loss of appetite
    • Heartburn or acid reflux
    • Bloating and flatulence

    Home Remedies for Quick Relief

    To ease an upset stomach, Dr. Sameer recommends trying the following home remedies. Keep in mind that these remedies are suitable for mild stomach problems. For more severe cases, it’s best to consult a doctor.

    1. Curd: It contains “good” bacteria that can help soothe an upset stomach.
    2. Cumin: Its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties can help alleviate pain.
    3. Ginger: Compounds like gingerols and shogaols make ginger an effective remedy for stomach issues.
    4. Lemon juice with baking soda: This mixture increases liver secretion and improves intestinal mobility, relieving stomach pain.
    5. Cloves: Chewing 1-2 cloves reduces gas and enhances stomach secretions, providing relief from indigestion and pain.
    6. Aloe vera juice: Drinking a glass of aloe vera juice can reduce inflammation and dilute excess stomach acid, alleviating stomach pain.
    7. Mint and Water: Consuming mint leaves and staying hydrated can help soothe an upset stomach. Menthol in mint relieves pain and prevents vomiting and diarrhea.

    Remember, if your symptoms persist for more than 2-3 days, it’s crucial to consult a doctor for proper treatment.

    Preventing an Upset Stomach in Summer

    Summer can be a prime time for stomach troubles. Here are some preventive measures you can take:

    • Consume small meals or space out meals throughout the day.
    • Chew your food properly.
    • Avoid fatty, spicy, fried, and junk food.
    • Include more vegetables, fruits, and fibers in your diet.
    • Stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
    • If you’re lactose intolerant, avoid dairy products.
    • Manage stress levels effectively.
    • Steer clear of caffeine, alcohol, and soft drinks.
    • Practice portion control—avoid overeating.

    By following these simple steps, you can minimize the risk of an upset stomach and enjoy a healthier gut during the summer season.

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