As fun as traveling can be, spending most of the time on the toilet is not. However, the different food and especially the different food quality in certain countries, can leave your stomach upset. Let me share with you some natural remedies to treat your unhappy belly.
This root belongs to the same family as turmeric and cardamom. The gingerol, the resin oil of the root, has shown to be an effective natural treatment of nausea, vomiting, stomach pains and discomfort.
Cut fresh ginger into small stripes, pure hot water over it and add some lemon to sooth your stomach. Candied ginger can also be helpful with car or sea sickness.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Most of us would not link vinegar with natural remedies for an upset stomach due to its acidity level. However, according to earthclinic, pain in your stomach occurs due to a lack of acid. Therefore, ACV can help your stomach to find back its balanced milieu.
Take one or two tablespoons of ACV to cure acute stomach pain or cramping. The earthclinic also suggest that in case of regular issues you can even take one glass of water mixed with two tablespoons of ACV with every meal.
In case you suffer from more than just stomach pain or nausea and your butt sits more on the toilet than on the beach towel, bananas might do the trick. When suffering from diarrhea your body loses a lot of important minerals and water. Bananas not only provide your body with lost potassium but also contain pectin, which binds excess water in your gut and thus slows down the passage through your intestines.
And don't forget to drink plenty of water or tea to hydrate yourself.
Flax seeds or dried fruits
Traveling takes you away from your habits, from your known environment and food. This can cause constipation due to a lack of routine. Soaked flax seeds or dried fruits such as fig, plums and apricots, can help your intestines to get moving. You can bring your own seeds and soak them overnight or most hotel breakfast buffets serve dried fruits.
There are a few more things you can do to make your way to the toilet easier:
- Drink plenty of water
- Start your day with a breakfast and give yourself some time
- Get moving - walk a little while before going for breakfast, take walking breaks when having long car rides
- Try to create some similar environment to your morning routine at home
Of course, in severe cases of stomach pain, cramps, blood in your stool, never ending diarrhea, please go and see a doctor. But with some lighter forms of an upset stomach, natural remedies can be an effective way to quickly get back to enjoy your holidays.
Do you have any other natural remedies? Let me know in the comments below.