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How to Soothe an Upset Stomach

Everyone gets an upset stomach from time to time. The first line of defense in this high-tech age is still old-time remedies!


  • : If your symptoms persist or worsen, or if they are accompanied by fever, severe vomiting, or bloody stool, consult your doctor.
  • Step 1: Reach for relief Grab a cola or brew an herbal tea, such as peppermint or chamomile.
  • TIP: Drink slowly, in small amounts.
  • Step 2: Try ginger or cider vinegar Try ginger in any form, such as ginger ale, to reduce symptoms. Or take a spoonful of cider vinegar.
  • Step 3: Avoid certain liquids and foods Avoid milk, coffee, alcohol, and food. When you start to feel better, eat something bland such as crackers or dry toast, and only in small quantities.
  • Step 4: Try over-the-counter medications Try over-the-counter antacids for heartburn and indigestion if home remedies don’t work.
  • TIP: Ask your pharmacist for recommendations.
  • Step 5: Try relaxation methods Meditate and do breathing exercises to reduce stress, which can tie up your digestive system in knots.
  • Step 6: Wait it out Wait a few hours and your stomach will likely feel much better. Ah, relief!
  • FACT: Peppermint oil can also be used to treat nausea, cold symptoms, headaches, and muscle and nerve pain.

You Will Need

  • Cola
  • Peppermint or chamomile tea
  • Ginger
  • Cider vinegar
  • Toast or crackers
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Relaxation techniques

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