Paleo Friendly Foods and Drinks to Soothe Upset Stomach

You’ve cut out the gluten, nixed the dairy, and said no thank you to the side of refried beans with your fajitas and have been feeling fantastic! Then, all of a sudden, it hits you:  an awful stomach ache.

What the heck’s going on?

Every once in a while, there still may be the one-off, odd stomach issue. The culprit? Eating something slightly past its best, cooked in a hidden oil in a restaurant, or possible veggie contamination from not having been properly washed.

PALEO-FRIENDLY NATURAL REMEDIES TO SOOTH STOMACH ACHES

 

ADD COCONUT

Fresh coconut, if possible.  Coconut water not only will help to replace electrolytes lost through diarrhea, it will also help settle your stomach.

ADD GINGER

Sipping ginger tea or chewing on fresh ginger helps digest heavy foods or hearty meals, and children may chew on ginger to ease a stomachache or to relieve motion sickness.2 Grab a ginger root, scrape off the outside skin with the side of a spoon, chop it and add to some boiling water to make tea.

ADD OIL OF OREGANO

High in natural anti microbial properties, it will help balance out any of the bad bacteria you may have ingested.  There’s some evidence that oil of oregano has anti-fungal or antiviral properties, it’s thought to be helpful for some gastrointestinal issues. One study showed that treatment with oregano oil may help treat parasite infections as well.3

ADD PROBIOTIC TABLETS

Also excellent at helping rid the gut of unwanted bacteria.

EAT STEAMED VEGGIES

Focus on steamed vegetables rather than raw for a day or two.  If your stomach is actually physically sore, eating steamed veg may feel more soothing than lots of raw, crunchy food.

KEEP FRUIT IN CHECK

Cut down or omit on fruits.  Even though the sugar in fruit is ‘natural’, it’s still sugar and the last thing you want to do is provide food to the bacteria that has inhabited your gut.

HYDRATE

Chances are, you’ve become a bit dehydrated after being sick and this is an easy fix.

STICK TO NATURAL

Stay away from mainstream recommendations to drink things like ‘Pedialyte’.  The ingredient panel says it all:

Water, Dextrose. Less than 2% of the Following: Citric Acid, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Artificial Flavor, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Zinc Gluconate, and FD&C Red #40.

I’d love to hear why ingesting artificial flavor, sucralose, acesulfame potassium and red#40 are helpful to settle one’s stomach.

REST

Last but not least, rest is of utmost importance to allow your mind and body time to recuperate!

 

Adapted from the source: http://bit.ly/2jbvwJ3

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