Tummy trouble doesn’t have to be trouble at all Having tummy trouble is a huge pain, especially when nausea and vomiting are involved. Luckily, many tummy ailments can be treated at home, so tummy trouble need not be trouble at all.

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Bicarbonate of soda. That is Linda Magazi’s favorite ingredient in the fight against tummy trouble and indigestion. She says that as long as you have bicarb soda in your cupboard and access to warm water, you need not worry about having an upset stomach.

For Asavela Mntumni, who lives in Hout Bay in the Western Cape, the magic ingredient is ginger. As someone who suffers from nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea, she makes hot ginger drinks to soothe her tummy trouble.

“I use ginger when my stomach is upset and when my digestive system is not working properly. I grate the ginger and combine it with boiling water and I occasionally add honey to my ginger tea to make it a little sweeter. It has always worked perfectly.”

Listen to your body

Registered dietician Michelle Hawksworth says tummy trouble can sometimes be a symptom of something more serious, like food poisoning. She says that, whenever you have any tummy issues, try and find out why.

If you suspect food poisoning, says Hawksworth, the best thing you can do is make sure you stay hydrated. Drinking liquids like Energade, Powerade or Lucozade will help, as they are high in electrolytes, a substance essential for hydration.

The key is to have small sips throughout the day whilst you are ill. This will help keep you hydrated and replace the electrolytes that you are losing [through food poisoning].”

Here are some more foods that can help you settle your tummy:

Bananas: According to Medical News Today, bananas can help to replenish the potassium and other electrolytes that you lose from vomiting or diarrhoea. Bananas also form part of the BRAT diet, an acronym that stands for, bananas, rice, apples and toast. These foods are bland and gentle on any upset tummy.

Chamomile tea: According to this 2010 study, chamomile tea is one of the most ancient medicinal herbs known to man. Chamomile helps to ease the pain of an upset stomach by acting as an anti-inflammatory medicine which helps the stomach relax and reduce cramps and spasms.

Peppermint: Registered dietitian Amy Shapiro tells The Cut that peppermint has a whole host of benefits for your health. Peppermint can aid in digestion, alleviate stomach gas, and bloating, and even helps with your bad breath.

For more information on dealing with tummy trouble, check out this article on Health for Mzansi.

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