10 Surprising Upset Stomach Cures You Already Have in the House (PHOTOS)

coping with stomach painWhether you ate something that just isn't sitting right, you’ve got a bad case of nervous butterflies, or you've come down with a stomach bug, no one wants to have to suffer with an upset tummy!

Depending on what’s ailing you, you may want to see your doctor. But if it's just mild nausea or queasiness, there are surprisingly easy ways to treat your symptoms at home.

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We found what research shows are 10 of the best natural ways to soothe your stomach in a pinch. Click below to see them, and then tell us:

Which of these remedies have worked for you?

 

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  • Peppermint

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    You’ve probably heard before that mint is an effective tummy tamer. It’s also the most researched one. The menthol in peppermint is considered the key ingredient, which has an antispasmodic effect on the gastrointestinal tract.

    Various studies have shown peppermint oil to be superior to a placebo for treating a range of stomach ailments, from gas to IBS. You can also try it in tea form.

    Still, it's important to note that the herb isn't necessarily for every stomach condition: It may exacerbate heartburn due to GERD, say researchers at University of Maryland Medical Center. That's because it can actually relax the sphincter muscle which closes off the stomach from the esophagus.

  • Deep breathing or meditation

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    If you’re experiencing heartburn or similarly uncomfortable symptoms, relaxation practices like guided meditations or deep breathing may be worth a shot. One study done at the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that subjects who leaned on these techniques lowered heartburn symptoms and acid exposure in the esophagus.

  • Cinnamon

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    Another favorite around the holidays, the warm and cozy spice has been shown to help quell queasiness. That’s because it contains catechins, flavonoids associated with reduced nausea.

    Your best bet, according to James A. Duke, Ph.D., in The Green Pharmacy, is to drink it in tea form. Boil 1 teaspoon of cinnamon bark in a cup of water for about 10 minutes. Then, strain and drink. (Just be sure to check with your doctor to make sure this is right for you.)

  • Ginger

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    Most of us have heard that ginger ale is a sure fix for nausea, but ginger in its natural form is even better. A review of several studies published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia concluded that ginger beat placebo for treating seasickness, morning sickness, and chemotherapy-induced nausea. You can try it in capsule or tea form.

  • Stretch

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    It’s possible that tension in your back or neck may be setting off nausea. For this reason, it can help to try certain stretches, like the cobra pose. Start by lying on the floor as if you’re about to do a push-up, then lift your upper body. Let your back arch and stretch, tilting your head back so that your chin faces the ceiling. Breathe deeply and repeat.

  • Banana

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    Banana may help relieve an upset stomach, as shown by a study in the journal Lancet. The research showed that banana powder helped soothe the stomachs of 75 percent of patients. No wonder they’re part of the age-old BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast) diet that so many swear by after stomach woes.

  • Charcoal

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    Over-the-counter activated charcoal supplements (like Nature's Way Activated Charcoal, $6 for 100 caps, Walmart.com) are said to offer gas relief, and research shows they really do work! A recent French study found that one particular charcoal product helped significantly reduce fullness, pain, and bloating more than a placebo.

  • Chamomile

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    Used most commonly in "calming" teas, chamomile has been shown to help put gastrointestinal stress at ease, too. Because it's considered antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory, chamomile has been shown to help address flatulence, IBS, and heartburn. The reason: It may sedate and soothe the mucous membrane of the digestive tract. And if your tummy troubles are being driven by emotional unrest, it'll offer a whole body benefit.

  • Aloe vera juice

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    Although we tend to think of aloe as a cooling gel to relieve sunburn, it also comes in juice form, which has been shown to help reduce stomach pain associated with constipation, notes the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Still, there are various contraindications, so may want to use caution and speak with your doctor before trying it.

  • Licorice

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    Okay, it's not everyone's favorite candy, that's for sure. But if you're suffering from indigestion or heartburn, you might want to try deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL).

    Research published in the British Medical Journal found that when over-the-counter medication for peptic ulcer disease and DGL were compared, DGL appeared to be an effective potential natural alternative to over-the-counter drugs.

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