10 Things To Get Your Family Through A Tummy Bug Naturally + A Soothing Stomach Smoothie
It might hit your house or it might not…
(And I’m not talking about a hurricane.)
Perhaps the thing I dread and fear most is a vicious stomach bug hitting our house and making its way through each member of my family (including me). Seriously, who wants to puke or clean up puke???
We haven’t dealt with a stomach virus in a looooooong time, but you better believe I’m prepared with all the natural things if and when we are.
The last thing I’m going to give my kids, my husband, or myself is a dose of Pepto Bismol or other over-the-counter medicine.
I don’t deny that those products help with symptoms, but they don’t actually promote true healing.We can recover from any illness and our bodies can actually be STRONGER and HEALTHIER on the other side when we use natural, holistic remedies instead of man-made substances.
Remember: our bodies are designed to heal themselves… when we give them the tools they need to do so. Plant-based remedies (like foods, herbs, and essential oils) and earth-given substances (like minerals) ARE THOSE TOOLS.
10 Things To Get Your Family Through A Tummy Bug Naturally
#1 – 3 Essential Oils: Because essential oils are powerful plant-based medicine, they work quickly and efficiently to bring relief from nausea, gas, bloating, and stomach cramps. My favorites are:
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#4 – Loose-Leaf, Dried Peppermint: When you just need something soothing to sip, nothing beats peppermint tea. It’s more economical to buy organic, loose-leaf, dried peppermint than tea bags, plus you can make a large amount at once (helpful when the entire family is sick!).
#5 — Activated Charcoal: Just in case we’re not dealing with a contagious virus but actual food poisoning, I keep activated charcoal on-hand at all times. I even travel with it!
#6 — Magnesium: We all know how important it is to prevent dehydration during a bout with the stomach flu. Rather than plain water, add a teaspoon or two of magnesium powder to water to keep electrolytes balanced and prevent dehydration.
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#7 — Lots of Extra Probiotics: To boost the immune system and encourage the good bacteria to defeat the bad bugs, it’s helpful to increase your dose of probiotics. Just make sure to take them when the nausea has passed so you don’t waste your money by puking them back up!
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Yet, conventional soft drinks are full of high fructose corn syrup and sugar and artificial flavors. We prefer stevia-sweetened Zevias instead!
#10 — Soothing Stomach Smoothie: When the storm has passed and the afflicted person is ready to attempt food again, this smoothie is perfectly gentle and contains digestion-soothing ginger and lemon, plus greens for a boost of nutrition!
Soothing Stomach Smoothie
Author Elyse Wagner
Yield 1 serving
When the stomach flu strikes, the last thing I'm going to give my family is a dose of Pepto Bismol or other over-the-counter medicine. Promote healing and recover naturally a Soothing Stomach Smoothie recipe that's full of digestion-friendly foods like lemon and ginger!
Add all ingredients to a blender.
Blend on high until smooth.
If using ice, add it last before blending.
Courses Snacks, Drinks
Cuisine Food As Medicine
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