Nothing can incapacitate you more quickly than an upset stomach. The urge to run to the bathroom and grab the toilet, the constant fighting back waves of nausea, the general ick factor–an upset stomach will destroy your day faster than the zombie apocalypse.
If you’re feeling a little green around the gills, reach for one of these home remedies to make you feel better.
Spicy-sweet ginger is one of the oldest and most effective natural remedies for a queasy stomach. A study from the National Cancer Institute showed that 1/4 teaspoon of ginger every day significantly reduced nausea in chemotherapy patience. Chew on a ginger candy, brew a cup of ginger tea, or mix powdered ginger into a spoonful of honey and eat.
Slowly sip a cup of mint tea to calm your stomach. If you made the tea by boiling fresh mint leaves, eat the boiled leaves once you reach the bottom of the cup. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine mentions that peppermint oil is used to fight nausea. If you decide to take peppermint oil orally, use capsules that have been coated, to help prevent heartburn.
You can do this remedy anywhere, and it’s totally free. When a wave of nausea hits, press firmly between the two large tendons of your wrist, using your middle and index fingers (you’re touching the PC 6 accupressure point). A study showed that this specific type of accupressure significantly reduced the severity of nausea in chemotherapy patients.
This may sound gross, but bananas can actually relieve nausea by causing your stomach lining to produce mucus, which creates a barrier between the stomach lining itself and acidic substances that make you feel queasy. So, eat up – just don’t think too hard about what’s actually going on down there.
Overwhelmed with a sudden feeling of nausea? You could just be dehydrated. If you’ve let a few hours slip by without sipping H2O, the resulting dehydration can lead to lightheadedness and an upset stomach. Dash to the drinking fountain to reverse these symptoms.
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