Stomach flu is a viral infection of the stomach mucosa and intestinal mucosa by viral agents, most probably rotavirus, norovirus, adenovirus and astrovirus.
Stomach flu is a disease with annoying symptoms which could be aggressive in some people, the most common presentation are vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever.
Diarrhea and Vomiting are the most unpleasant symptoms. They prevent you from going outside, holding any food, getting any nutrition or fluids. Although, this is how your body expels the virus from your digestive system.
Dehydration and electrolytic imbalance are severe complications that are likely to happen due to the vomiting and diarrhea.
You should drink A LOT of fluid during the first 24 hour of stomach flu and you need to rest your stomach from solid complex food like fats and proteins. Also avoid dairy products, caffeine and alcohol. When your stomach is better you could eat simple food like toasts, white rice, apples and bananas. And when you recover you may eat meat and other complex food.
The best way to replenish the fluid loss is to drink a lot of diluted healthy juices, which give you vitamins and minerals and rest your stomach. I know, anything per mouth is going out to the bathroom within 15 minutes, but you need to drink fluid and if your vomiting is severe and persistent preventing you from having enough fluid you may go to the hospital so the doctors give you intravenous fluids.
Chamomile tea: helps is the first day when the stomach is irritable and nothing staying in it, chamomile tea has anti-inflammatory properties soothe the stomach mucosa, also chamomile tea has smooth muscle relaxant effect decreasing abdominal cramps. And it helps with the abdominal distention.
Anise tea: anise is a very useful herb during the first day; it calms the stomach and has little sedative effect. Anise tea helps with abdominal symptoms such as bloating, gases and flatulence.
Salt: it’s important to replace the loss from vomiting and prevent electrolytic imbalance.
Mint leaves tea: decreases nausea and it has soothing effect on stomach and sedative effect. The Greek use it for curing hiccup and the roman use it to help with indigestion.
Banana: is loaded with Magnesium and Potassium. Those electrolytes are very important to maintain different body functions. Besides preventing electrolytes imbalance, banana also stops diarrhea.
Rice bran, rice and rice cereals: Rice proved to have major role in treating diarrhea.
Here is one easy recipe : boil rice grain in a large pot using double the ordinary amount of water. Separate this water by using strainer.
You can add some salts and drink this water four times per day as it is or you can add some other useful ingredient.
Add some mashed banana or apples to the rice water, also you can add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon or ginger. Banana and apples raise the nutritional value of the rice water. Also they provide important minerals, electrolytes and Vitamins. Cinnamons and Ginger have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects and help in prompting the immune system generally.
Those were some homemade flu remedies that may help you getting over the flu and getting back to your normal life style.
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