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.
The 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.