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Naturally Dealing With The Stomach Bug

By Fredrica Syren:

Many years ago, before hubby and I were married, he got the stomach bug and I, as the loving girlfriend, took care of him while he was sick. I was horrified when he was advised to eat bananas, eggs and cream of wheat as his “first” foods. Coming from a natural healing family, I had a completely different idea about what would help him get better. I complained to my mom, who calmly told me just to wait because sooner or later he would be tired of throwing up and would be ready to listen to me. She was right☺ These days, of course, stomach bugs have visited each one of us at least once during our relationship, and hubby now always looks to my way of naturally dealing with it.

stomach fluThe stomach flu, also known as viral gastroenteritis, is a condition that most of us have dealt with one time or another. It is a stomachache accompanied by such symptoms as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or fever. It’s super contagious, so once you have been in contact with someone who has it, there’s a huge risk that you, too, might get sick. People who suffer with the stomach flu usually get better within one to six days with the right home treatment.

Right now is the prime stomach bug time, so here are some natural ways to deal with it.

The first thing I recommend is to rest the stomach and intestine. At the beginning, there is no use ingesting anything besides water and fluids; it will just come right out.

Hydration is super important, so take in clear fluids, super slowly, maybe even teaspoon size, every 15 minutes, until your stomach has calmed down. Sucking on ice can be a great option. Avoid anything with too much sugar content, caffeine or acid (like orange juice). Weak chamomile or mint tea and — the most healing herb ever, in my book — ginger (made into tea) can work great. Just steep one teaspoon of fresh grated ginger, dried or fresh peppermint leaves or chamomile flowers in 1 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes; strain and drink.

When I’m sick, the first person I turn to is my acupuncturist. So far, she has never backed away from any illness I have come to see her for, and I’m always amazed how much faster I recover once treated by her.

Once your stomach actually can handle some foods again, start slowly with bland food. I know it’s not that much fun, but for someone who has not eaten in a few days, white toast and white rice taste like a fancy lobster dinner.

Sleep!!!! Nothing works like giving your body as much rest as possible when it’s fighting something. Seriously, it’s the best remedy, so lie down, rest, sleep and be still; and focus on deep breathing to help relax.

Of course there is a time and a place to see a doctor: if you can’t keep water down after 24 hours; if there is blood in stool or vomit; if you run a temperature over 104F; or if you have signs of dehydration such as little urine, dry mouth, and severe weakness and dizziness.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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