Do you have a natural remedy for stomach flu in your first aid kit?

What is the best natural remedy for stomach flu?

You don't quite appreciate a good working day until you are down with gastroenteritis symptoms.

You know you have stomach flu (gastroenteritis) when you start feeling nauseous and vomiting.

Also diarrhea sets in, and you may experience colic (abdominal pain), loss of appetite, dizziness and dehydration.

The medical term for stomach flu is gastroenteritis. "Stomach flu" is a actually a misnomer because it doesn't involve neither the stomach or influenza (flu) viruses.

Actually, stomach flu is the irritation and inflammation of the intestine caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites or food poisoning.

In most cases, stomach flu duration is short and the gastroenteritis symptoms disappear by themselves within 2-5 days. However, the cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and the whole debilitating effect they have on you, will make you think twice before wishing a sick day off :)

Stop diarrhea, nausea and cramps with herbal remedies

Don't rush to stop the diarrhea, even if it seems like a good idea. In the first day, diarrhea actually works as a mechanism to flush toxins and spoiled food from your digestive tract.

Take additional precaution with small children or elderly. Diarrhea can be dangerous for them if they cannot hydrate themselves. Severe gastroenteritis can lead to acute dehydration.

Diarrhea = dehydration

Because of diarrhea, you loose a lot of water and electrolytes (sodium and potassium ions). The balance of these ions is essential for muscle contraction, heart and nervous functions, absorption and excretion of fluids.

Although you might not feel like drinking due to nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, you have to hydrate yourself and restore the electrolytes balance. Fluids do not maintain diarrhea, because they are absorbed in the intestine.

Keep these herbal remedies in your stomach flu first aid kit

* Peppermint tea (Mentha piperita) is the first treatment that I think when it comes to diarrhea and it has a reputation second to none.

Whenever you experience vomiting, diarrhea, flatulence, cramps or intense movements of the intestines make yourself a cup of Peppermint tea. It has antiseptic (fights infection) and depurative (promotes removal of toxins from the body) properties.

* Chamomile is a highly effective remedy for stomach flu and for all diseases of the stomach and intestines. It has antiseptic (good disinfectant), antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties due to the volatile oil which contains azulene and apigenin.

Chamomile tea works best if you combine it with Peppermint for diarrhea and nausea.

* One of the most effective herb for food poisoning and a remedy for stomach flu which should not miss from your first aid kid is St. John's Wort tea.

* Sage stimulates digestion and balances the appetite. It also prevents formation of gas in the intestine.

In the Arab world, sage is called the "bedouin grass" because the combined sage infusion is a known remedy for all digestive problems and especially diarrhea.

Drink 2-3 cups of combined infusion daily. If you have trouble with digestion, take a quarter teaspoon (a pinch) of powdered sage 15 minutes before each meal.

Stomach flu diet

Once the cramps and nausea have subsided, you can start eating. You've probably figured by yourself that you shouldn't eat much.

Start than with the classic BRAT diet:
B - Banana
R - (Rice)
A - (Apple)
T - (Toast)

# The most recommended food for diarrhea is bananas and boiled rice with carrot bits.

# Make a soup with carrots, celery, parsnip and parsley.

Remember, carrot juice helps in case of constipation, and boiled carrots helps in case of diarrhea.

# If you had enough of bananas, try baked apples. They resemble in taste and consistency with bananas.

# Toast and cheese are a delight. Eat little even if you are hungry so that you will not through up

# The next item on the list is boiled chicken.

And last but not least, don't forget the simplest remedy for stomach flu of all: Plenty of rest!

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