Upset StomachUpset stomach is a condition which refers to problems with digestive tract, such as indigestion, pain in the stomach, bloating, nausea, and heartburn. It is a very common condition in all people. It can be caused by consuming food and drinks which can irritate stomach such as greasy food, chocolate, onions, alcohol and coffee. The cause of upset stomach can also be some other medical condition such as gastritis, peptic ulcer or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
TreatmentThe treatment depends on the severity of the condition. In mild cases proper diet and herbal remedies can take away your problems. However, in severe cases, medical treatment is necessary. Severe cases of upset stomach include vomiting, unusually dark stool, loss of weight, jaundice, excessive perspiration and breathing difficulties. In such cases you will have to take medications such as antacids, proton pump inhibitors or prokinetics. In case the cause of upset stomach is bacteria, you doctor will prescribe some antibiotics.
Herbal RemediesThere are a lot of herbs which can ease the symptoms or prevent problems of upset stomach. One of the most effective herbs is peppermint. It can ease the pain in the stomach and prevent bloating and gases. Even if you are pregnant of your child has problems with the stomach you can use this herb. In case of indigestion the best choice may be centaury. You digestive tract will be relaxed after using cayenne. Ginger tonic can stimulate digestion and ease the symptoms of upset stomach. If you want to get rid of gases and nausea, the best choice is fennel. Another useful herb which can prevent gases and improve your appetite is cardamon. The most popular herb is chamomile. It has many benefits and you can use it if you have stomach cramps or gases. Irritation of your stomach can be eased with Marshmallow root. An herbal mixture with cardamon, ginger and cloves can do wonders for your entire digestive system. It is recommended to take all these herbs as tea. You should drink about two cups a day for optimal results. You can sweeten the tea with honey if you want.
PreventionIn order to prevent upset stomach and problems with digestive system, you should avoid food that can cause problems. Certain medications can cause upset stomach, so you should ask your doctor which ones are safe to use. Avoid stressful situations as much as you can. You should do moderate exercises and eat healthy well balanced food.