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Running to the loo often? Try these 7 home hacks to treat an upset stomach

Published on:25 June 2021, 14:20pm IST
Stop running to the loo and try these home remedies to treat your upset stomach.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Without a doubt, monsoons are the worst for your gut. This is the time when most people, especially kids, complain of an upset stomach. Even if you are eating at home, it is difficult to escape from the ill effects of this weather, because guess what? It’s in the air. But you can certainly get rid of that gut-wrenching pain. How? Well, with these home hacks that we are about to reveal. 

According to Dr Sameer Rambhia, an advanced gastrointestinal endoscopy and laparoscopy surgeon at House of Doctors, there are various causes that can lead to an upset stomach. 

Knowing the cause of an upset stomach is the first step towards proper treatment. Dr Sameer elaborates that in the majority of cases, inflammation (swelling) of the stomach lining induces the stomach to create problems like indigestion and an upset stomach

This swelling may be caused by:
  • Bacterium like salmonella or E.coli
  • Viral infections
  • Allergic foods i.e. foods which irritate the stomach lining
  • Consumption of excessive alcohol and caffeine
  • Underlying conditions like Crohn’s disease
  • Fungal moulds
  • 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
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An early and correct evaluation of the causes and the right line of treatment is the best way to get rid of an upset stomach. 

Certain people who are at high risk of getting an upset stomach are:

  • Pregnant woman
  • Children (3- 15 years of age)
  • Elderly people
  • People with compromised immune systems like cancer patients, HIV patients etc.
Here are some signs of an upset stomach that you need to watch out for

While there are some symptoms that can usually go away in a few days, others require getting treated by medical professionals. You should be aware of the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain or cramps
  • Indigestion
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • High fever (101.5 °F) and fatigue
  • Chills
  • Light-headedness
  • Dehydration
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Heartburn or acid reflux
  • Bloating and flatulence
Seven home remedies that will treat an upset stomach in a jiffy

To help you get rid of an upset stomach, Dr Sameer advises certain home remedies for a healthier gut. However, remember only mild stomach problems can be cured by these remedies. In any other case, it is advisable to consult a doctor. 

These remedies can help you find relief from your symptoms:

1. Curd: With a pool of “good” bacteria, curd is one of the best options to treat an upset stomach.

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2. Cumin: It contains anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, which can help reduce your pain.

3. Ginger: It contains compounds like gingerols and shogaols. So, sucking or chewing ginger can cure your stomach issues.

4.Lemon juice with baking soda: Drinking a glass of lemon juice with baking soda and water increases liver secretion and improves intestinal mobility. This can help eliminate stomach pain.

5. Cloves: Chewing 1-2 cloves reduces gas and enhances stomach secretions, which, in turn, cures indigestion and pain.

6. Aloe vera juice: Drinking a glass of aloe vera juice can reduce inflammation and dilute excess stomach acid to help treat stomach pain.

7. Mint and Water: Consuming mint leaves and drinking plenty of water can help you get rid of an upset stomach. Mint contains menthol which relieves pain and prevents vomiting and diarrhoea.

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“However, if the symptoms don’t ease within 2-3 days, it’s necessary to connect with your doctor to receive the best treatment,” recommends Dr Sameer.

Here’s how you can prevent an upset stomach in summer?

Most people experience an upset stomach during the summer season, owing to the weather conditions. But you can take certain precautions and steps to avoid getting stomach troubles-

  • Consume small meals or space out meals throughout the day
  • Focus on chewing food properly
  • Avoid fatty, spicy, fried and junk food
  • Consume more vegetables, fruits and fibres
  • Drink plenty of water
  • No dairy products, especially if you’re lactose intolerant
  • Manage stress levels
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and soft drinks
  • Don’t overeat

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.