Stomach flu which is also known as viral gastroenteritis can be experienced by anybody and everyone. People suffering from the condition may experience abdominal cramps, vomiting, nausea, fever, and diarrhea. Stomach flu is caused by viruses from food, water, or any contaminated object or vermin that may come in contact with the gastrointestinal tract through the mouth. Since it is caused by viruses, it cannot be treated using antibiotics. Furthermore, antiviral drugs are also not effective in relieving the condition. In this regard, people suffering from the condition may benefit from simple stomach flu home remedies.
Symptoms of stomach flu
If you are suffering from stomach flu you may get the following symptoms
- Joint aches
- Muscle aches
- General malaise
- Weight loss
Home remedy for stomach flu in adults
Stop Solid Foods
Once the stomach flu symptoms have been noticed, stop solid food intake for a while to let yourself cool down. This will also prevent causing more damage to the inflamed walls of the gastrointestinal tract.
Natural medicine researchers have shown that elderberry extract can be used as a stomach flu treatment. The reason behind this application is the ability of the extract elements to reduce the virus activity by binding with each virus and thus preventing them from penetrating gastrointestinal tract cell walls.
There are various kinds of mint available such as peppermint, catnip, lemon balm, spearmint, and wintergreen mint. Mint may be beneficial for stomach flu because it has antimicrobial properties that may help lessen the amount of virus in the GIT.
Bananas are rich sources of potassium, which is essential during diarrhea to prevent electrolyte imbalances. People with stomach flu may benefit from bananas to manage loose bowel movements and prevent problems related to potassium loss.
Applesauce improves the bulk in stools to improve the consistency of the feces during diarrhea. Apples also contain rich amounts of potassium to prevent electrolyte imbalances.
Oral Rehydration Solution
Sodium or salt is normally present in our body and is depleted when one has viral gastroenteritis due to diarrhea and vomiting. If you have stomach flu, be sure to include the needed amounts of sodium in the diet by using iodized salt. Also, you can drink a salt and sugar solution. Mix 1 tsp of sugar and a pinch of salt in a glass of lukewarm water and drink the solution after each bowel movement or vomiting.
Crackers and Toast
Crackers and toast can combat nausea associated with viral gastroenteritis. They are easy to digest preventing gastric distention. Besides, it also reduces the acidity of the stomach that is usually increased during stomach flu.
Rice water contains high amounts of electrolytes such as sodium and potassium that prevent diarrhea complications. Besides, rice water also reduces the workload of the stomach and the intestines; thereby limiting food intolerances associated with stomach flu. You may want to add either cinnamon or honey to improve the taste.
Blueberries contain high amounts of dietary fiber that can improve the bulk of stools. It is high in fiber but low in roughage, which limits loose bowel movements. Besides, blueberries have antimicrobial and antioxidant properties to reduce the virus and toxins in the GIT that causes gastroenteritis.
Ginger promotes better digestion and helps to reduce inflammation by relieving
vomiting and nausea. it also gives relief from cramps and bloating.
How to use it?
- Take 1 teaspoon ginger powder
- Take 1 cup water
- Boil together for 5 minutes
- Drink this water 2-3 times a day.
You can also use ginger regularly on your diet including peppermint.
Prevention of stomach flu
Do not get in contact with the people who are suffering from stomach flu Eat hygienic food ensure you wash your hands properly before eating anything.