29
July
2013

Natural treatments for the stomach flu

Cure a stomach flu the natural way

Getting the stomach flu can make your life miserable – vomiting and diarrhea are uncomfortable and you may feel like it will never go away. It will and you do not have to resort to drugs to cure it either. Here are a few ways you can treat the stomach flu naturally – your body will thank you for it.
Getting the stomach flu can make your life miserable – vomiting and diarrhea are uncomfortable and you may feel like it will never go away. It will and you do not have to resort to drugs to cure it either. Here are a few ways you can treat the stomach flu naturally – your body will thank you for it.
Rest
First and foremost, your body needs to rest up. It is fighting all the bacteria that's in your digestive tract and stomach so the best thing you can do is rest and let your body recharge itself. Sometimes even one day of extra sleep can be what your body needs to finish off the fight with the flu. So forget about your chores, your work, your schooling, and other responsibilities – your primary responsibility now is to get better.
BRAT Diet
After your symptoms die down, you should start off with liquids such as soup and tea. Chicken soup especially has been shown to be good for recovering from colds and the flu. Once you can keep your liquids down, you can move on to the BRAT diet, but do not to eat too much at one time or you'll feel ill again. The BRAT diet stands for: bananas, white rice, applesauce, and dry toast. You also could add saltines or tea biscuits to this list as they are plain and easy to digest.  Mashed potatoes are also a good, easy food to eat when you're on the mend.
Tons of Liquids
By drinking a lot of liquids, you'll be flushing out your system and getting nutrients to different parts of your body. Keep a pot of soup on hand in your fridge for when you feel like eating. The best teas to try would be mint, camomile, ginger, or rooibos. Slice up some ginger and put it in hot water to get the most from that root. All these herbs and roots can all help you settle your stomach and ease your symptoms. Black tea with a little honey also can help relieve extreme nausea, but it may make it harder to rest if you are not used to caffeine.
Probiotics
You may want to talk with your doctor about going on probiotics to replace the good bacteria in your gut. Yogurt and kefir offer a good start, but often after a flu, your body needs more good bacteria, especially if you took an antibiotic. Check with your doctor before going this route.
Activated Charcoal Pills
Some people recommend taking activated charcoal pills to stop extreme nausea.
Essential Oils
Try putting a little peppermint essential on a cool washcloth to ease the nausea. Put it on the forehead – you may want to add a cold compress on top to reduce a fever. Take a bath with lavender essential oil to help relax your muscles. They can tighten up when there is lots of vomiting or diarrhea.
Heat Pad
If your stomach is cramping, try using a warm towel or heat pad on your stomach. It'll help your stomach muscles relax a little.
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