Everyone at one time in their life or another have had to deal with the stomach flu (bacterial invasion of the stomach causing vomiting) or with food poisoning (also a bacterial invasion occurring with contaminated or mishandled food). The bacteria enter the stomach and then the body reacts quickly to try and rid itself of the contamination by purging, sometimes violently. Often vomiting is necessary for the body to prevent the spread of the bacteria to the rest of the body. So it is best to allow the body to purge itself first then treat the nausea and dehydration after the purge. Preventing the body’s natural process of self protection can be more detrimental than you know. The body knows how to take care of itself without you thinking about it or interfering with its processes.
We all know that Ginger is an amazing remedy for an upset stomach. The problem is the only way to ingest it is either in soda or raw forms, which are not very appetizing. In my opinion anyway. You really want to avoid carbonated drinks as much as possible, not just because of the corn syrup content, but because of the CO2 content. We’ll get into the detriments of drinking soda in another post though. I will describe below how to make a better for you and better tasting Ginger based nausea remedy.
What about heartburn? I have found that Ginger is not a good remedy for alleviating excess stomach acid and indigestion. Anyone with Acid Reflux Disease (a made up name for a common problem simply to sell drugs for it), or the reflux of stomach acid up into the esophagus is not as detrimental or damaging as pharmaceutical companies have lead us to believe in commercials. The esophagus is capable of healing itself from the reflux within 2 days with no scarring or inflammation. Check out any current Clinical Pathophysiology book and you will see that this “disease” does not exist and has been commercially fabricated simply to produce a profit. So considering all this I have found a way to treat the uncomfortable excess acid produced by the stomach occurring in times of chronic stress, overeating, and over-consumption of acid containing foods like coffee, soda, or even citrus fruits.
First of all reflux can be alleviated by simply adjusting your posture while you are eating. Sitting up straight is not something that most people do anymore. This is why back pain, indigestion, and reflux are rampant. We were not built hunched over, but evolved to stand and sit tall and upright. So when we eat, sitting on the couch or huddled over the table we compress the stomach and bend the esophagus interfering with the bolus’ (mass of masticated food) travel through the esophagus to the stomach. Also compressing the stomach to the point that acid is pushed through the pyloric valve (the valve at the junction of the esophagus and stomach) and up into the esophagus. Over time this can affect the proper function of the valve, damaging the flaps the hold it shut when your not swallowing, and allowing stomach acid to travel up into the esophagus all of the time.
Secondly, mishandling of stress caused by daily life causes an increase in stomach acid production and thus increases the damaging effects of the acid. Effectively dealing with stress through a conscious effort can greatly reduce acid erosion within the stomach, esophagus, and intestines. I will also discuss options for alleviating stress in another post.
Finally, we all must consider the foods we eat. Coffee, soda, and highly processed foods (pre-packaged dinners, fast food, and bagged snacks) all lead to a highly acidic environment throughout the digestive system. The addition of these acid producing or containing foods to the system greatly affects the pH balance of the body. When the pH of the body is reduced to an acidic level then every environment of the body becomes acidic. Including the immune system, reproductive system, and excretory system. Reducing or eliminating these harmful foods from your diet can greatly reduce the acid produced and retained within the body.
I recommend trying the above first, then if you still suffer from acid reflux and indigestion then you should try this easy to make remedy. Fennel & Licorice Glycerite.
Mother Gaia makes Heartburn Relief drops for you.
What you need is 1/2 ounce of both dried Fennel and dried Licorice Root, 6 ounces Vegetable Glycerine, 4 ounces filtered water, a 12 – 16 ounce glass jar with tightly sealing lid, and a 1 or 2 ounce colored glass dropper bottle. Place the dried Fennel and Licorice in the clean jar, pour in the Vegetable Glycerine, and then ad the water. Cover tightly and shake violently. Place on your counter out of direct sunlight for about 6 days until the mixture is dark, dark bown in color. Don’t forget to shake it violently once a day every day. Then strain with cheescloth, coffee filter, tea strainer, or papertowel back into the jar. this can be stored in a cool dark place for up to a year. Pour some into the dropper bottle and give to anyone, even children, 2 dropperfuls anytime heartburn or indigestion appear. This can be taken as often as needed for those who suffer from chronic heartburn without side effects or damage to the natural processes of the body. This mixture is also good for reducing excess gas (flatulence) caused by digestive problems.
Unlike over-the-counter or prescription heartburn relief medications that actually interfere with the stomachs acid production and sometimes stop acid excretion by acid producing glands. This leads to an increase in acid production by the stomach in an attempt to maintain normal digestive function. Leading to a never ending cycle of acid control and over-production until the system breaks down and becomes ineffective.
As for nausea that we discussed above I have found that other Ginger containing remedies are healthier and more effective than soda containing Ginger. There are two options for this, Ginger tea or Ginger glycerite.
For Ginger tea you need 1 tablespoon of dried, ground Ginger; 1 cup of filtered water; and 1 tablespoon of honey. Honey contains highly beneficial anti-inflammatory properties. Boil the Ginger for 10 minutes, steep for 5, then strain, add honey and drink anytime you have nausea. Especially beneficial for the nausea associated with migraine headaches.
For Ginger glycerite you need 1 ounce dried, ground Ginger; 6 ounces Vegetable Glycerine, 4 ounces filtered water, a 12-16 ounce glass jar with tightly sealing lid, and a 1-2 ounce colored glass dropper bottle. This is the same process as described above. I won’t repeat it all, but it should look dark golden or reddish in color. Dosing of Ginger should be 1 or 2 dropperfuls followed by a glass of room temperature water for adults. For children, ages 2 to 12, begin with 1/2 dropperful and wait for results for 30 minutes, if there is no immediate improvement, add another 1/2 dropperful.
Please remember children get dehydrated very easily and must have water with electrolytes like a few drops of lemon juice or a teaspoon of honey to 4 ounces of water on a regular basis during treatment. Pedialyte is much like Gatorade and can cause an increase of dehydration because they contain too many electrolytes like sodium and potassium and are difficult to digest and assimilate when the stomach is upset and lead to diarrhea. Also please remember that it is best to allow the body to purge itself first and then utilize the remedy.
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