Natural Home Remedies for Stomach Flu
Many complain that at some point in their lives they develop stomach flu. This is common ailment that is a combination of vomiting, diarrhea and vomiting. While many assume it is a problem with the digestive tract, they can’t be farther from the truth.
Also known as the flu or influenza, this is an ailment that affects the respiratory tract and the lungs. Since many people get bouts of diarrhea and vomiting, they usually use the term ‘flu’ to refer to these things, says Jay Solnick (MD) a specialist at infectious diseases and also a professor of medicine at California University. The correct medical term is gastroenteritis. But irrespective of how you get the flu and what type of symptoms you may be facing, here are some remedies that you can try at home:
Clear fluids will help to wash out all toxins from your body; you can have fruits juices, vegetable juices, clear soups and plenty of water. Dehydration is one of the outcomes of stomach flu, so drinking a lot of clear fluids should replace all the fluids that you lost. Red Tea, also known as Rooibos tea and Chamomile tea can soothe stomach cramps and calm your digestive tract. Ginger has always been used for stomach and digestion related problems, it has fiber and anti inflammatory properties that can be used to treat internal soreness that you get from colds as well as the diarrhea that comes with having the flu.
Mint leaves and mint tea can be used to control the irritable bowel system, gas and indigestion that you may experience while having the flu. The presence of bad bacteria in the stomach is what causes the flu and the digestive problems. People normally take antibiotics; this kills all the bad bacteria as well as the good ones, so taking probiotcs can help to replenish this good bacteria that is needed by our bodies. Banana are a good source of electrolytes, magnesium and potassium that are good minerals needed for the heart and can stop the diarrhea. Your sodium levels will also get depleted, so add salts in your soups or in your tae if you cannot manage soups. Rice can also help with digestive problems; the water in which it is cooked can be drunk, try adding cinnamon, honey, mint or ginger fro flavoring and added benefits. Crackers and dry toasters can absorb acids that build up as a result of the diarrhea; this remedy is especially helpful if you are pregnant. Add around ¼ teaspoon of turmeric to your soups or rice, this natural spice has antibacterial properties that relax your stomach. Garlic is rich in anti microbial properties; you can either add it in your meals or soups, if you don’t like how it smells you can always take capsules.
You can eat smaller snacks throughout the day instead of the normal meals if you have very bad diarrhea. Lemon juice will remove pathogens that cause the diarrhea, add around one tablespoon in herbal teas or a glass of water.