Overview
Stomachaches are so common that everyone
experiences them at one point or another. There are
dozens of reasons why you might get a tummy
ache. Most causes aren’t serious and the
symptoms pass quickly. Generally, there’s no need
to look further than your kitchen for a solution.

1. Bitters and soda
A bar is probably the last place you’d think to look
for relief from nausea, but many people swear by
five or six drops of cocktail bitters mixed into a
cold glass of tonic, club soda, or ginger ale.
Most common bitters brands contain a blend of
herbs such as cinnamon, fennel, mint, and ginger.
These ingredients may be why bitters help ease
nausea in some people.

2. Ginger
Since ancient times, people have turned to ginger
as a cure-all for everything from pain to nausea. It’s
not just an old wives’ tale, either. Studies have
shown that ginger can be a very effective treatment
for some kinds of stomach upset.

A natural anti-inflammatory, ginger is available in
many forms, all of which can help. Ginger chews
and supplements are easy to take, while other
people prefer their ginger in beverage form. Try an
all-natural ginger ale or chop up some fresh ginger
root and make a tea .

3. Chamomile tea
A nice cup of chamomile tea can help ease the pain
of an upset stomach by acting as an anti-
inflammatory. These anti-inflammatory properties
help your stomach muscles relax, which can reduce
the pain of cramping and spasms.

4. BRAT diet
Every parent of a toddler knows about the bananas,
rice, applesauce, and toast (BRAT) diet to calm an
upset stomach. It can help nausea or diarrhea.
BRAT contains low-fiber, high-binding foods. None
of these foods contain salt or spices, which can
further aggravate symptoms. This bland diet is a
go-to for when you’re feeling sick but still have to
eat something. Try overcooking the toast — the
charred bread is thought to reduce nausea.

5. Peppermint

Peppermint is often cited as a helpful fix for nausea
and upset stomach because the menthol in its
leaves is a natural analgesic, or pain reliever.
Try:
brewing a cup of peppermint or spearmint tea
sniffing peppermint extract
sucking on a minty candy
chewing on the leaves themselves
This should keep stomach pangs at bay and
alleviate feelings of nausea.

6. Apple cider vinegar
If you can stomach it, try taking this acidic pantry
staple by the tablespoon to neutralize an upset
stomach. Too strong? Mix a tablespoon with a cup
of water and a teaspoon of honey, and sip it slowly.
The acids in apple cider vinegar may help decrease
starch digestion, allowing the starch to get to the
intestines and keep the bacteria in the gut healthy.
Some people take a spoonful each day as a
preventive measure.

7. Heating pad
You might find a heating pad or hot water bottle
soothing when you’re feeling sick, so cuddle up to
your electric blanket 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.

When to see a doctor
Stomach problems sometimes do indicate a more
serious problem. Prolonged vomiting puts you at
risk for dehydration . Drinking small sips of water
can help prevent dehydration. Go see a doctor if you
are having trouble keeping water down for longer
than six hours. You should also call your doctor if
you experience nausea or stomach pain and
discomfort for more than 48 hours.

If you notice that you are consistently having
stomach troubles after eating certain foods or
engaging in specific activities, talk to your doctor
about your symptoms at your next visit. It may be
nothing, but a quick trip to your family doctor can
rule out Crohn's disease , a food allergy, or any other
concerns.