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Natural Remedies for Stomach Flu

The stomach flu—you know, that queasy, rolling in the gut that sneaks up on you and makes you run for that little room. We have all suffered from it before and probably will again. So do you run for the Pepto? Well, maybe not.

Over-the-counter remedies will not address the root problem, as they only treat the symptoms. Yes, this makes you feel better for the moment, but it lengthens your recovery time, often by days!

When it comes to treating stomach flu and mild cases of food poisoning, old-fashioned, folk remedies are great. They will start soothing symptoms, but they also work to heal the cause.

Flu symptoms may not be the flu at all. The virus that causes colds can travel to your stomach via your hands, food, or drinks and make you feel like you have the stomach flu, when in fact you have a cold that has settled in your stomach and intestines instead of your nasal passages, bronchial tubes, and lungs.

To prevent this virus from taking a vacation in your gut, and to prevent disease in general, wash your hands and face before eating; keep shared items (phones, doorknobs and common surfaces) clean; and boost immune response with a well-balanced diet, exercise, daily multi-vitamins and vitamin C.  When you do catch a bug, taking time to treat yourself properly will markedly lessen its impact and prevent it from spreading to others.

Remember the basics: drink plenty of water, eat lightly of plain foods (no heavy spices and sauces), and get lots of rest. Dehydration looms its ugly head with any illness that causes purging (diarrhea and vomiting). To re-hydrate, try alternating herbal teas (chamomile and mint are good) with 50/50 mixtures of juice and plain water. If the symptoms last longer than a day or two or there is unusual pain or other symptoms, see your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Try eating many small snacks or meals through the day instead of eating normal meals – soup and crackers are good. You need to replace essential nutrients and minerals that are being eradicated from the body in your purging. Once you have stopped vomiting and diarrhea, eat a light diet low in fat and with minimal meats. Cottage cheese, yogurt, and soft-boiled eggs are good protein sources for this phase of recovery. Keep this up for three or four days to allow your digestive tract to recover.

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So, skip the Pepto and ask grandma what she recommends for your stomach symptoms. And as always, consult your healthcare practitioner before starting any treatment.

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