What is stomach flu?
Have you ever experienced the moment when you are totally fine but 1 minute later you immediately feel so bad that you have to rush to the toilet and vomit everything? It is probably the sign of stomach flu, which will bother you with pain many days after. Therefore, dealing with this disease when it is mild is really necessary. Let’s see top 15 home remedies for stomach flu below to quickly get rid of it.
Stomach flu, also known as gastroenteritis, happens when your gastrointestinal tract is badly affected by virus. Anyone of any ages and genders can catch this disease. You can realize that you are suffering from stomach flu through some symptoms like nausea, diarrhea, headache, mild fever, body cramping and vomiting. Try these remedies to recover from illness in no time.
Here are top 15 home remedies for stomach flu that are simple enough to apply without any special ingredient, and the effects are amazing.
1. Take a rest
Stop doing things and taking a rest right away when having stomach flu is always the first advice.
All you have to do is go to bed and sleep as much as you can. A deep sleep can help you forget the pain and you will definitely feel better after waking up.
2. Stop eating
It’s really necessary to stop eating when you have problems with your stomach. Try to give your stomach a few hours to rest by not eating anything. It will release the pain and make your stomach more comfortable.
3. Hot compress
Hot compress is an easy but very effective way to help you ease the pain and comfort yourself.
You can buy the hot press pack in the drugstore and apply it on your stomach
Or, you can use a thick piece of cloth, heat it in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes and apply it on your stomach. Repeat this for 2 to 3 times after the cloth cools down.
4. Ice chips
Having stomach flu, your mouth will get very dry which makes you hunger for foods and drink. Because eating and drink is not advisable, try to hold some ice chips in your mouth for a while. It will keep you hydrated and feel better.
Remember not to hold too many ice chips in your mouth for too long because it may lead to sore throat
5. Rice water
Rice is not only a food but also a fantastic natural remedy, especially its water after being boiled. Boiled rice water makes you feel warm and linger diarrhea. This water is also very easy to consume.
Cook a small bowl of rice in the cooking rice pot full of water
Cook until the rice gets soft
Decant the water from the pot
Wait for the water to cool down and drink a cup of it
Repeat this every hour
You can add honey or mint into the water to make it more delicious
Banana is always one of the most healthy fruits for our body, especially the stomach. Banana helps boost the digestion process and reduce diarrhea thanks to the high level of potassium and pectin in it. Both green and ripe banana can bring you a good result.
All you have to do is eat 1 to 2 bananas every day.
Mix one teaspoon of turmeric powder with 2 teaspoons of honey
Add this mixture in a cup of warm water
Drink it every morning
If you do not like turmeric, you can add ¼ teaspoon of turmeric in your daily dishes to reduce the smell of turmeric.
8. Chamomile tea
This herb is mostly used in the form of tea. You can buy chamomile teabags in many super markets and drugstores. Otherwise, you can do it yourself by exposing chamomile flowers to the sun for 3 to 4 days and mix them with hot water to have a relaxing cup of tea.
9. Thyme tea
Thyme is another kind of tea that will help you release the cramping that stomach flu causes.
Like chamomile tea, you can buy thyme teabags in many places but you can also make it by yourself.
Add some dried thyme leaves in a glass of hot water
Cover the glass
Leave it there for 15 minutes and enjoy the tea
Drink it no more than 3 times a day while you are hungry
All kinds of mint bring benefits to your health thanks to their antibacterial properties. One of them is peppermint. This herb boosts the pain reduction progress, relaxes your muscles and calms your stomach.
All you have to do with peppermint is use it as a kind of mild tea.
Add 1 to 2 teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves in a teapot
Pour 3 to 4 cups of hot water in the teapot
Leave it there for 15 minutes and enjoy
Drink 4 to 5 cups of peppermint tea a day while eating
You can eat yogurt with slices of fruits such as banana, strawberry, blueberry to help not only your stomach but also your skin and your body.
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Ginger is known a “superstar” herb in treating diseases, especially the ones related to stomach. Ginger has a great power in warming up your body and fighting against virus and anti-inflammation.
Ginger can be consumed in many ways like tea, spice or even candy. All of these kinds are effective but ginger tea seems to help you the most.
You can buy ginger teabag in the super markets or add some slices of ginger in your daily teacups.
Besides, ginger is able to help you with restlessness. Read more Home Remedies for Insomnia.
Blueberry is not only delicious but also a very healthy fruit. It contains fibers and antioxidants, which are really helpful for people with stomach flu.
Eat a proper amount of blueberry (in dried form) a day to totally get rid of this disease.
Having pectin, which is a natural substance helping stay hydrated, applesauce, prevents your body from losing water and reduces diarrhea.
Applesauce can be easily made at home
Peel off an apple and cut it into small slices
Put these slices in a pot
Pour 2 to 3 cup of water in the pot
Boil this mixture until the apple is quite soft
Use a grinder to make the sauce soft and smooth
You can add sugar or honey to the sauce
Toast is popularly used for breakfast. This delicious food has an amazing property in absorbing the acid and liquids in your stomach. It helps your stomach get ready for other foods and make the digest process much easier.
All of these 15 home remedies are strongly recommended for people with stomach flu. Choose 2 out of 15 methods, follow the instruction and wait for the result. If the case does not seem to get better after 10 days, you have to come to see doctor without hesitation. Hope you will quickly be back to normal days with a healthy stomach.
*Disclaim: The effectiveness from applying these natural tips will be depended on the body condition of the applicant.