Upset Stomach

Dyspepsia (from the Greek δυσ- dys- and πέψις pepsis "digestion"), also known as upset stomach or indigestion, refers to a condition of impaired digestion. It is a medical condition characterized by chronic or recurrent pain in the upper abdomen, upper abdominal fullness and feeling full earlier than expected when eating. It can be accompanied by bloating, belching, nausea, or heartburn. Dyspepsia is a common problem, and is frequently associated with, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or gastritis. In a small minority it may be the first symptom of peptic ulcer disease (an ulcer of the stomach or duodenum) and occasionally cancer. Hence, unexplained newly onset dyspepsia in people over 55 or the presence of other alarming symptoms may require further investigations.

What is an Upset Stomach?

An upset stomach is another term for indigestion. When we eat, our bodies start the process of breaking down our food into molecules that we can use at a cellular level. Sometimes this process is hampered (food is not broken down properly, or wind is trapped in the stomach) and as a result, we feel certain symptoms.

Help for Upset Stomach

Natural Remedies for upset stomach can include many herbal and homeopathic remedies have been formulated with specific ingredients to promote gentle food breakdown and support the digestive system. Zingiber officinalis (Ginger) is an excellent remedy for maintaining digestive health and functioning. Working mainly in the digestive system, Ginger boosts digestive fluids, promotes transport through the digestive system, and neutralizes acids, helping to soothe stomachs safely.

Matricaria recutita and Ulmus fulva are also helpful herbs in the treatment of digestive disorders helping to address post meal troubles such as heartburn, indigestion and flatulence, while Mentha piperita is a calmative and analgesic herb which aids digestion, prevents nausea and vomiting and promotes the flow of bile. In addition, Nat phos is a homeopathic remedy that acts as a biochemical antacid, acid neutralizer and PH balancer. It helps to ease digestion problems like bile reflux or heartburn gently, yet effectively.

Tips for an Upset Stomach
  • Go bananas! Bananas not only soothe the stomach and counteract the acids that can cause an upset stomach, but they are also easily digested and can help ease diarrhea.
  • Ginger knows best. Strong ginger tea, can work wonders and help to relieve nausea. In China, ginger has been used to treat upset stomachs for over 2,000 years!
  • Minty mend. Peppermint has long been hailed as a natural tummy soother. The strong vapor promotes the flow of bile and helps to calm stomach muscles.
  • Take it easy. Take a warm bath, lie down and listen to calming music or curl up with a good book and rid yourself of stress in a way that works for you.
  • Watch out. Avoid foods that may cause upset stomach or gas. (Coffee, onions, milk, cauliflower, chocolate, fried foods and baked beans).
  • Water is important! The most important thing (especially when vomiting) is to stay hydrated. Try to drink small amounts of liquids at regular intervals. Water, fruit, teas and electrolyte solutions work best.
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