There aren't many things worse than an upset stomach. From pregnancy, to flu bugs, nausea and vomiting come on fast and furious and leave you in their dust.
I am just recovering from a stomach bug myself and thought I would share some of my favorite tips with a naturopathic spin:
- Hydrate! With so much fluid leaving the body it's important to make sure it's getting back in. Sipping water slowly can be helpful, but if you can't keep it down try sucking on ice. Electrolytes from coconut water or Endurlyte can also be helpful and very important if vomiting is frequent and signs of dehydration are present. Ginger & peppermint tea are two of my favorite teas to sip when I'm nauseas. Studies show ginger is both helpful (and safe) for nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, too. I love the Ginger Aid and Eater's Digest offerings from Traditional Medicinals.
- BRATT! Once you can finally keep food down it's best to keep it simple. The BRATT diet is the way to go - B- bananas, R- rice, A- unsweetened applesauce, T- clear tea and T- plain toast. Saltines can fit the bill, too. All of these ingredients contain tannins which help make the stomach more resilient to any further invaders, while also settling the stomach.
- Acupuncture, Homeopathy & More: There are many acupuncture points on the body, like PC 6, that can help relieve nausea. Homeopathics, like Arsenicum album, can be helpful, too. For more information on acupuncture, homeopathics or herbals that might help you it's best to visit your local naturopathic doctor.
Don't forget to rest and let it flow. Vomiting is your body's way of getting rid of the bad guys. Let your body do its thing...
But if your vomiting is producing (sorry for the details) blood, "coffee-ground" like substances, is perfuse and persistent, and/or there are signs of dehydration like dizziness and low urine please visit your medical professional.