Easing the Upset: Marla Ahlgrimm on Home Remedies for Nausea

Marla AhlgrimmAn upset stomach can be caused by many different things. Marla Ahlgrimm lists pregnancy, a stomach bug, and food poisoning as three of the most common. The retired pharmacist explains that some people may find relief through non-pharmaceutical remedies.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, one of the quickest ways to settle and unsettled abdomen is to sip a glass of cold water. Ginger ale is another liquid that many physicians recommend, and especially for pregnant women or those who have an aversion to Pepto-Bismol. Ginger ale works because of compounds known as gingerols. Gingerols can relieve inflammation and help quell pain caused by gas. Further, ginger is soothing to the lining of the stomach.

Marla Ahlgrimm also suggests peppermint or herbal tea for nausea. She cautions, however, that pregnant women should discuss their tea preference with their OB/GYN, particularly if morning sickness is a problem. While a glass of raspberry or peppermint tea is likely safe, pregnant women may need to avoid other herbs.

For those who do not suffer with migraines, citrus fruit, and especially lemonade and lemon juice, can also relieve nausea. Lemons, which are acidic, turn into bicarbonates in the stomach. This is what causes drinkers to feel better. Marla Ahlgrimm notes that lemon juice may be mixed with a bit of honey to reduce sourness.

Many grandmothers head to the kitchen cabinet for a half teaspoon of baking soda to cure nausea. This baking soda is dissolved in water and sipped over the course of 10 to 15 minutes. Marla Ahlgrimm says that plain old soda – carbonation – can also soothe a sour stomach.

Women who are suffering with nausea for any reason should make a point to stay hydrated. Dehydration can lead to feeling fatigued, which will only heighten the sense of pain.

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