7 natural remedies for stomach upset

Upset stomach and indigestion
Stomach upset

Everyone experiences an stomach upset and indigestion from time to time after eating or drinking. The condition is usually no cause for concern, and it is often possible to treat the symptoms using home remedies.

Here are the best remedies for a stomach upset


Ginger tea

One of the oldest and most popular methods for reducing indigestion and soothing stomach upset is ginger root. In fact, it’s so effective at treating digestive problems. Of course, you can also use ginger root or ginger spice to help with an upset stomach, just add it to a little hot water and sip it slowly. Ginger root contains chemicals, which have been shown to effectively relax the muscles lining the human digestive system.

Hot water bottle

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Hot water bottle

You might find a hot water bottle soothing when you are feeling sick, so cuddle up and take it easy until your symptoms pass.The warmth on your stomach will distract you from any cramping or pain and the heat can help to relax your muscles and reduce your nausea. Don’t leave it on too long however, as you can damage your skin from overuse.

Drinking water

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Drinking enough water

The body needs water to digest and absorb nutrients from foods and beverages efficiently. Dehydration makes digestion more difficult and less effective, which increases the likelihood of an stomach upset. Drink about 2.5 litres to 3.5 litres of water per day. Vomiting and diarrhea can lead to dehydration very quickly so people with these symptoms should keep drinking water.

Lime or lemon juice and sodium (salt)

Lime and salt
Lime or lemon juice with sodium

Some studies suggest that mixing lime or lemon juice in water with a pinch of  sodium can help to relieve a variety of digestive complaints. This mixture produces carbonic acid, which may help to reduce gas and indigestion. The acidity and other nutrients in lime or lemon juice can help to digest and absorb fats and alcohol while neutralizing bile acids and reducing acidity in the stomach.

Coconut water

Coconut water contains high levels of potassium and magnesium. These nutrients help to reduce pain, muscle spasms and cramps. Coconut water is useful for re-hydration and is a better option than most sports drinks as it is also low in calories, sugar, and acidity. Slowly sipping on up to 2 glasses of coconut water every 4–6 hours could ease stomach upset symptoms.

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Bananas contain vitamin B6, potassium, and folic acid. These nutrients helps to ease cramps, pains, and muscle spasms. Bananas can also help by adding bulk to loose stools, which can alleviate diarrhoea.


Rice makes an excellent side dish for a number of reasons: for one, it has a fairly neutral taste and easily absorbs flavors; second, it’s usually cheap and easy to find. But eating rice is also a great way to alleviate stomach upset and indigestion because it has properties that help coat the lining of the stomach and reduce inflammation.

You can cook it and eat it if you’re feeling up for a simple, bland meal. Or, if you’re not feeling like eating anything, you can use rice water (or the water that’s left over after you cook rice).

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