Don’t let a runny tummy ruin your day.

You’ve eaten something that’s upset your tummy, and you’re running to the bathroom every five minutes.

The runs aren’t the end of the world but can be painful and uncomfortable. Luckily, you can get quick and easy relief. Look no further than your kitchen cupboard for the perfect solution. These simple home remedies are just a few steps away, and will ensure you’re kept hydrated.

Mint tea

You will need:

  • 1 teaspoon of dried mint leaves.
  • A cup of boiling water.

What to do:
Add the peppermint leaves to a cup of boiling water. Let it stand for 10 minutes. Then, strain and drink immediately. Sip this refreshing tea a few times a day, especially after eating. You can also find peppermint tea bags in some grocery shops.

Why it works:
Mint contains menthol, which is a natural pain reliever. This makes it ideal for keeping stomach pangs and bloating at bay. It also stimulates bile flow, allowing your food to pass through your stomach more quickly, which means better digestion. Peppermint is also a helpful fix for nausea. Bonus: it also freshens your breath naturally!

 

Ginger brew

You will need:

  • Fresh ginger.
  • A cup of boiling water.

What to do:
Add a few slices of ginger to a cup of boiling water and allow the concoction to simmer for a few minutes. Let it cool for a bit, then drink immediately. Sip this brew a few times a day.

Why it works:
Ginger has antifungal and antibacterial properties known to soothe stomach pains and indigestion. As a natural anti-inflammatory, ginger can also help relax the muscles of the digestive tract, which can calm an upset stomach.

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Apple cider vinegar and honey mix

You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
  • 1 teaspoon of honey.
  • A glass of water.

What to do:
Add the apple cider vinegar and honey to the water and mix. Sip the blend slowly. Drink it with meals until you feel complete relief.

Why it works:
Apple cider vinegar contains enzymes that help improve the breakdown of foods and keep the bacteria in your gut healthy. Since it’s highly acidic, it can also help restore low acid levels in the stomach, which is responsible for digestion problems. The addition of honey is believed to enhance the benefits of cider vinegar as it’s rich in essential vitamins and minerals. The two together can help soothe an irritated stomach and ease nausea.

As with many home remedies, there isn’t concrete scientific evidence that these brews would help relieve your symptoms. However, the theories of how they could work are sensible, and the low enough for you to give them a try.

When to see a doctor:

The main goal with a standard gastro infection, is to stay well-hydrated until it clears up, but it’s time to consult your doctor, if:

  • your fever is higher than 39˚C
  • your diarrhoea doesn’t improve after 2-3 days.
  • you are dehydrating. Signs of dehydration:
    • Extreme thirst
    • Dry mouth
    • No urination
    • Feeling weak
    • Dizziness
    • Dark urine
  • you have severe tummy or rectal pain
  • you have bloody or black stools

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