Stomach Flu Remedy
The best home remedies for the stomach flu will kill the virus and solve the symptoms at the same time.
When you aren't feeling so good, remember that the flu incubation period is short and you should recover soon.
The stomach flu is something we are all familiar with. It is that dreaded sickness that makes you vomit constantly, feeling weak and unable to eat, and always nauseous.
Diarrhea, abdominal pain, the chills, sweating, and fever are also signs of the stomach flu. However, this illness actually isn't a strain of influenza.
It is called Viral gastroenteritis, and is caused by a variety of virus strains including rotavirus, norovirus, adenovirus, astrovirus, and calicivirus. People who have picked up one of these viruses feel the effects as their stomach and intestines become inflamed.
Natural Stomach Flu Remedy Sources
It's use was noted in the book The New Healing Herbs by Michael Castleman and is one of the few natural remedies approved by the FDA (not that they are a competent health board to begin with).
Ginger is an excellent root to add to your tea if you are feeling very nauseous and/or vomiting. Steep a 1" piece in a cup of tea for at least 10 minutes before drinking. Even better? Use a juicer to extract the fresh ginger into your tea, juice, or smoothie drink. Adding raw honey to help soothe your aching stomach is also a great stomach flu remedy.
Because one usually begins having diarrhea and vomiting for a consistent 3-6 days, the body loses a lot of its water and can quickly become dehydrated.
Those with the stomach flu also rarely want to eat or drink, which can make the condition even worse. Water and electrolytes need to be replenished constantly for the body to heal.
To begin healing from these viruses, it is important to begin replacing fluids at the first signs of sickness.
Adults should sip small amounts of water and an electrolyte replacement in order to resist vomiting but still hydrate the body. Coconut water is an excellent source of natural electrolyte, as well as vitamins and minerals to help you heal.
For children, water and coconut water can help keep dehydration at bay. Can't get your kids to drink? Try making electrolyte popsicles to help soothe their stomach. Electro-Pops, as I like to call them, are an excellent stomach flu remedy for kids.
Natural Electrolyte Popsicles
You can use just about any type of fruit you prefer to make these electrolyte pops. If you have a popsicle mold, making these will be easy. If not, get creative and use small Dixie cups, shot glasses, or even tied-off zippie bags.
Another good stomach flu remedy to keep hydrated with is green tea with mint leaves. This hot brew will help your body absorb lost water quickly, and help settle any nauseous feelings. It is a good idea to continuously, yet in small quantities, drink as much as you can while you are ill in order to recover quickly.
Viruses cannot be treated with antibiotics or any other medications, so do the best you can to aid your body's natural recovery. Be sure to avoid caffeine, alcohol, dairy, sugar, and anything processed as these will irritate your intestinal system further.
Getting a lot of rest and eating well are also important to a speedy recovery. Allow yourself time to lie on the couch or in bed, and feel free to read books and magazines or watch TV. When you feel slightly better, try to eat small amounts of bland, natural foods.
Here are a few examples of bland foods that should help you regain some energy:
These foods won't irritate your already swollen insides, and will provide plenty of vitamins and minerals. In reality, any healthy foods you can keep down while ill will do your body good. Be sure to avoid any sources of wheat, dairy, or meat.