Monday, November 1, 2010

17 Tricks to Settle an Upset Stomach

I've had a weak stomach my entire life and I figured as long as I was home dying of a stomach bug, I might as well offer some tricks I've used and heard of over the years to settle a sour, miserable, crotchety stomach...

1) Ginger (or peppermint)tea - Whether hangover raw stomach or stomach bug, this is often the only thing I can get to settle my stomach.

2) Warm ginger ale - If ginger tea is not your thing, ginger ale will usually do the trick. The bubbles often help, but some people prefer it flat. Either way, don't go cold.

3) Warm Coke - Not diet, for some reason the sugar and the Coke-ness can often help.

4) Ginger snaps - Yeah, I know. I'm sticking with the ginger here. But really, if your stomach is raw and you're miserable, ginger snaps can keep your stomach from eating its own lining.

5) Baking soda - Warning : this tastes terrible, so if you're really, really, trigger-happy nauseous, this may not be a good option. But mixing two teaspoons of baking soda in a glass of warm (not hot) water and taking a few sips can neutralize stomach acid both in your stomach and in your mouth. It can help, but it's not pleasant.

6) Heating pad - This sounds like such an old lady trick, but seriously... apart from helping with my back problems, a heating pad held to your stomach can ease stomach pains and intestinal cramping. It's glorious. Sometimes I fall asleep hugging my heating pad only to wake up feeling 1000% better.

7) PeptoBismal - In my lifetime, I've probably downed gallons of this stuff. It works pretty well, but occasionally, it will not stay down long enough to work.

8) Potato Chips - Wait, wait. I know it sounds crazy. But there's a certain stomach rawness (not hungry, not hungover) that potato chips totally cure. I think it's the salt. My mother has had the same experience. It's awesome.

9) Rub your stummy - I can remember many a night, lying in bed feeling miserable, with my mother rubbing my stomach to try and ease the pain enough to get me to fall asleep. Now, there's just me. I have to massage my own stummy, but that's cool. It often helps.

10) Apple Cider Vinegar - 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, a pinch of salt and a pint of water. This will usually settle nausea and make you able to eat again. Actually, apple cider vinegar is reported to fix *everything*.

11) The fetal position - Never underestimate the power of the fetal position.

12) Plain (slightly burnt) toast - No butter, no peanut butter... a smear of jam and crunchy, slightly burnt toast. I think I've had one hangover where I couldn't keep this down. The biggest problem is finding the will to swallow.

13) Charcoal tablets - I discovered these in Russia and, at first, absolutely refused to try them. However, once I did, it was like a miracle. Those things are fabulous. They probably destroy something in your body, but my god, they work to settle a stomach... and intestines.

14) Yoghurt - If you can stomach dairy, yoghurt with active cultures is genius for stomach issues.

15) Clear soups - Chicken soup, vegetable broth... something that won't require too much processing

16) Marijuana - While it's not my remedy of choice, it is recommended for cancer patients to help them eat during chemotherapy. If it can work for them, it should work for your tummy-ache.

17) Spruce tea - Seriously, tea made from spruce tree needles (make sure they're absolutely green).

104 comments:

  1. just reading this made my stomach feel better. Thanks!

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    1. Same here p.s. im 11

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    2. You are right about the vinegar. I have Crohn's and im suffering through an attack lasting over 2 wks now. Had to go to the ER to get 2 bags of sodium cholride and the runs still hav me on the run, but i heard one of my kids give me an old remedy......pickles and pickle juice!
      Believe it.....bread n butter pickle juice! My stomach is not doing 4th of July anymore, im still running though....but feel much better. Also try pedilyte and grape juice with salt substitute..( its 100% potassium)!!
      My pearlly words of wisdom.......thx

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    3. Pepto is not good for a stomacch ache, it contains aspirin, which causes pain to the stomach!

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    4. Yea! me too! p.s. im 28

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    5. I have found that if my stomach is gurgly, yogurt (no fruit) vanilla particularly settles it down rapidly....if my stomach is just kind of 'off' but not gurgling, Coke (reg) not Pepsi not RC, Coke will settle it down - go figure....can't imagine why. However, if I eat yogurt on a regular basis, I have way less stomach issues.

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    6. I also found that taking a long hot shower makes me feel so much better. just standing under the water or even a boiling hot bath. Lately I've been susceptible to the worst stomach pains from indigestion. the only things that have worked for me is (ginger - ginger tablets, boiling hot showers, lots of belching (I know eww) and sitting in an upright position while in bed) :(

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    1. Ikr!!!! Who wants to take "drugs" to cure a stomach ache!!

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    2. ^ I took some and felt better.

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    3. That's what I told my wife, but she thought I crazy. It just needs to be legalized now.

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  3. SOme good old mary Jane always does the trick

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    1. Mary Jane always works altho if ur throat is sore it can be hard to smoke also I have never been able to stomach Pepto

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  4. Fourth generic response to the pot reference! :)

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  5. Great suggestions

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  6. Can you get charcoal tablets here?

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    1. Yes at GNC Stores and its activated charcoal. Read 2 posts down for more.

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    2. They have charcoal tabs at Wal-Mart now!

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  7. You may want to change to the correct spelling of yogurt, there is no h in the word.

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    1. there is a h in it in British a**hole

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    2. British it's english a**hole the same as americans speak they just think there different changing our language the muppets

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    3. Probably not the best idea to correct someone's spelling when you use the incorrect usage of 'they're.' Muppet.

      Also, there's a difference between British English and American English.

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    4. Thanks so much for the tips. My stomach has always been terrible and I am just sick and tired of it. Shame on the anonymous person who is focusing on spelling instead of this valuable information. Yoghurt by any other spelling remains the same...loaded with acidophilus which helps many people. I have tried all these remedies throughout the years and each works in it's own way. However, stomach troubles just keep reappearing for me regardless.

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    5. There can be an h in youghurt. yoghurd, yogourt, yahourt, yaghourt, yogurd, yoghourt, yooghort, yughard, yughurt, yohourth, yogurt, yoghurt. These are all actuallt correct, people just like to spell it yougurt or youghurt.

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  8. Activated Charcoal by Natures Way can be bought at GNC stores, (General Nutrition Corporation). It's actually is not the yogurt that helps settle the stomach but the acidophilus (friendly bacteria) in the yogurt. You can also buy Primadolphilus by Natures Way, it has 7 different strains of the friendly bacteria and Vitamin C. Even the dictionary app spells acidophilus wrong.

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  9. Actually, Anon, "yoghurt" is a correct spelling, though more common in British English.

    And thanks for telling my readers where to find activated charcoal.

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  10. very helpful tips cause i just want to feel better been miserable for days and nice come back to the spelling critic who is not knowledge enough to kno that words are not only spelled one way

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  11. Very good suggestions. Rubbing your belly really does work

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  12. Already had some marijuana. Now brewing peppermint tea and rubbing my stomach.

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  13. I figured there would be a lot of remarks about the marijuana. Im sure it works for cancer patients but the other suggestions are great too!

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  14. My personal favorite was "never underestimate the power of the fetal position." But marijuana is good, too!

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  15. My grandmother always swore by lemon juice. She said that squeezing one lemon and drinking that, no diluting or add-ins, was the cure for an upset stomach!

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    1. That sounds incredibly harsh!... But I guess I'll have to give it a try sometime, since it can't be much worse than apple cider vinegar. Thanks for the advice!

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  16. NO! Lemon juice is a terrible idea! You aren't able to keep it down, and then your barf tastes like freaking lemon! It's horrible! It's what I just dealt with earlier today.

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    1. I use lemon frequently. It works best for me!

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  17. When I was a kid driving through the mountains in Mexico, my mom always kept a fresh lime on hand to cut up and give me when I was feeling nauseous. Pickles and olives do the trick now too!

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    1. I think this has worked for me in the past, as well as helping with the headaches that come along with the pain. But some reason when I was pregnant, I couldn't stomach pickles especially when I had morning sickness. Great points,

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  18. Do these things help a nervous stomach?
    Also, any tips for loss of appetite due to the above?
    Thanks in advance

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  19. I just tested the 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar only instead of a pint of water I just mixed in a pinch of salt and sugar to a Tablespoon of water and took them all like a shot. Perhaps it was psychosomatic, but it seemed to start relieving my stomach pain within seconds.

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  20. i just drink cold water

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  21. These are all great tips..and yes as crazy as it may sound, the fetal position or pulling your knees up to you does help...medical fact...heating pad has always seemed to help also and as of this moment i am dying from a sour stomach, and just tested the apple cider vinegar and honestly no sooner than it hit my stomach, it already seems to be helping, i was about to die in pain...thank you from one "always have had stomach problems since a child" to another...

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    1. I have had stomach problems for.years and no one can figure out what the problem is. I am just sick of alwaYs feeling sick so any help is great for me.

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  22. the acid in lemons or limes help a tummy ache or acid reflux which seems weird to me but helps....

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  23. I love the toast idea, also a cup of tea with honey helps as it soothes your throat and stomach. The trick with toast is to tear little bits of at a time and then get into bigger bites, because if you suddenly don't want to swallow then toast can get mushy very quickly. Also if you are feeling brave you could eat an egg. Anything that contains some kind of neutraliser or salt.

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  24. Actual crystallized pieces of ginger help me sometimes with nausea. Also, you might just find that the cause of your stomach ache/pain is just trapped wind! Walk around a bit, drink water or do whatever you do to release it, and you might just find your stomach ache eases away... Hope this helps!

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  25. My 9 yr old daughter and i swear by dill pickles. and i often have a couple salt and vinegar chips -and it makes a world of difference! Thanks for posting your ideas!

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  26. So great advice! I swear by boiled through water with a piece of lemon and a piece of ginger in it. Also salt and vinegar crisps of salty French fries also a winner. So bizarre that it feels like the last think you'd want to eat but in the past has been an absolute life saver.

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  27. I agree wit the ginger ale n chips they work good but personaly pickle juice works the best for me. great tips ill try some more thanks!!!!!!

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  28. Just plain ginger ale works awesome now my toilet needs a exersiom lol the power of christ compells thee lol

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  29. Drinking superfluous amounts of alcohol is good, especially if followed by a two week-old egg salad sandwich.

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  30. Thanks great ideas maybe ill try just warm water and ah nice gram of sexy old Mary see how it works

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  31. mint always seems to help me, chewing a piece of gum, the first few chews is hard to get past but after that my tummy always feels better, also on the note of heating pad, i go the warm shower/bath route, im a water person and i always find a warm shower helps me

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  32. Marijuana!!!!! That is too gross....thanks for all the OTHER suggestions. looks like we've got some addicts round here. BLACH.....

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    1. Wow... Cannabis is a proven method to relieve all sorts of ailments. It's not just some plant hippies smoke lol

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    2. Grind it into a paste

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  33. When I was pregnant a dill pickle spear and a glass of milk really worked to cure that noxious feeling that sticks in the back of your throat when you have heartburn or morning sickness.
    Ginger tea also helped with morning sickness.

    I feel like I have dysentery right now and I am about yo send my husband for activated charcoal. Thanks!

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  34. Blackmore's Travel Calm is amazing, and not just for motion sickness, though I use them most often for that purpose as I have a job that sees me on ferries often and even as an adult I am still prone to sea sickness.

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  35. All I wanna know 's what about hot water and sugar Does that settle a stomach x

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  36. It's just so weird to me that all that acidic stuff would work. I'm gona try the apple cider vinegar thing right now. ill report back in a lil while

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    1. Ok. not a complete fix but the vinegar definetly helped.

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    2. Most heartburn is caused by a deficiency of acid, and since your body has trouble digesting, it regurgitates the food back up. So the extra acid helps. Digestive enzymes and probiotics help greatly in these cases as they help break down the food for you.

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  37. It's so interesting reading this post. Why is it that so many of us have had bad stomachs since childhood? I'm 56 years old now and really having a hard time dealing with these years of feeling awful. Seems like 2 weeks out of each month my stomach gives me trouble. It's ruining my life. These solutions are all great and all work well temporarily but has anyone out there actually healed their stomach??

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    1. I think it's a mixture of poisons such as mercury dental fillings and pesticides that make us feel sick. Seems like the more I eat organic meat, vegies, and fruit, and less of pretty much everything else, the better.

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  38. Thank you! God bless you!!

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  39. Wish any of this helped me, I've been a regular cannabis smoker for over 2 years now and I'm slowly trying to stop yet get the worst vomiting and pains in my stomach EVERY morning.. The thought of food makes me throw up straight away.. Any help?

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    1. Yeah, don't smoke pot.

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  40. For me, the only thing that helps is actually inducing vomiting. After I throw up the irritant I feel a million times better.

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    1. You have no idea how bad for you that is.

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  41. Thanks 4 da info bakingsoda wrk Gr8..all da info wil b very useful..thanks again!!

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  42. Thank you. A million times thank you.

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  43. Thanks for the tips. I'm only thirteen, so no marijuana for me, but the other ideas sound great. I have things to do, and can't just lay around the house all day with an upset stomach. :)

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  45. thank you for the help :) ive tried some and they really worked baking soda was great!!p.s yogurt comment person you suck just say thanks it was meant to help cure tummy upsets not a spelling lesson thanks!!

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  46. thank you for this post. Stomach Help Digestion Help stomach support SIBO Digestion Help stomach help Informational blog for people suffering from stomach disorders or general stomach problems. digestion help, stomach help, IBS, SIBO, stomach support. A healthy stomach is vital for a smooth functioning body. Many illnesses and diseases can be traced to the improper working of this organ. Therefore, one must take particular care of the stomach and take the smallest of stomach help seriously. The best kind of stomach help is to take in healthy foods that have not been exposed to a lot of processing or chemical treatment. Foods that are high in preservatives or artificial coloring can create general stomach issues. Organically grown foods are not only tastier and healthier, but are easier to digest because they contain natural fibre that aids in digestion help.

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  47. The Marijuana comments are funny and all, but there is actual science to back up the fact that Marijuana is one of the most potent anti-nausea substances we know.

    Don't let the scare tactics fool you. I am a doctor and know that Marijuana will soon prove to be a very useful medication for many diseases.

    The area of your brain which controls nausea is called the Area Postrema. It is located at the base of the 4th ventricle in the brain (the area between both sides of your brain that is filled with fluid). This area contains many cannabinoid receptors which Marijuana specifically targets.

    I do not recommend doing anything illegal, but if you have access to marijuana legally in California, Colorado, or Washington, I would consider it to be an excellent way to alleviate your nausea.

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  48. Well after reading all those tips I felt like I had to also tell what I do when my stomach is upset.
    The first tip is an addition to the fetus sleep position. Sleeping on your left side will help further because the stomach and the esophagus are connected at an angle. Sleeping on your right side your stomach is higher than your esophagus and stomach fluids and food will slide in your throat. However when you sleep on your left side your esophagus is higher than your stomach and gravity is in your favor.
    The second tip is more like a home remedy that my father told me and I try to use it only on certain occasions(like when I need to get my stomach fixed for some hours to go to work etc...). The reason that I don't use it all the time is for my body not to get used to it and then it may lose its efficiency. Ok now for the trick. On a small cup put 1 big spoon of coffee powder(I only used Greek coffee powder till now and not sure if it will work with other type of coffee so feel free to share your results :D ) and then add some fresh lemon juice till you can dissolve the coffee in the lemon and it is like a liquid with some density ( I usually add half a lemon's juice) and drink it up. It might taste bad but it will settle your stomach instantly and you can gain some time to do your serious businesses. And try not to drink any water right after you drink this because it might waste your efforts.
    I hope I helped you people out there and feel free to tell me if you tried those and worked for you too :D.

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  49. Hi Emma,
    Your place is valuable for me.Thanks!

    Andres
    stomach help
    stomach supprot

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  50. Sprite and gingerale work pretty well. So does eating crackers.

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  51. Just go to the bathroom and shit it out

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  52. Fenugreek or fennel or caraway either in seeds powder or in a brew works. You can even put a few of any of the seeds in your mouth and suck them and the secretion will do the trick. But the most useful of all by far is Apple Cider vinegar, ie also controls blood sugar and a host of other things. Now if it would only grow hair and make my junk bigger...lol

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  53. Coke only helps because the company adds a chemical to the drink, just so we don't throw up from the amount of sugar in it... That's a true story, I really thought you should know admin... I know you're just trying to help, but coke is not something that should be advocated for illness..

    Sorry...

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    1. Sorry but you are absolutely wrong, a quick google search proved this to be false.

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  54. the fetal position one made me laugh :3 and marijuana is half the time good but other times it makes it worse, i smoke it for my own problems including my pains but certain strains of it can leave you with a headache and feeling worse then before so be very careful if it smells good then it is good

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  55. All of you who have long term tummy troubles should try going grain free - paleo style or have a consult with Maria Emmerich (google her) - it will change your life

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  56. I'm home sick with a really queasy stomach (after a fever yesterday), and I was freaking out over missing school because I have a group presentation and the last rehearsal before a band concert tomorrow (I have a solo!). I started googling, found this, and ate some potato chips, some toast, and some peppermint tea. Now all I have to do is get a ride back to school before eleven o'clock.
    Thanks for posting this, it was so helpful.

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  57. apple cider vinegar works!! Also if you have frequent upset stomachs or acid reflux PAPAYA Pills sold and pretty much any health food store works. I swear you will never use TUMS or ROLAIDS or any other brand of antacid again :)

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  58. Just made a tea with ginger, garlic, mint, some salt, licorice root, mugwort, honey, chamomile, lemon juice, a coconut charcoal crushed more or less into powder, ginkgo biloba powder, and potassium supplements also crushed into powder.

    So, if I die, I can tell how to not make a nausea/stomach ache cure. But I mean a poison tea is useful somehow, soooo yea enjoy. I'll post later if I survive.

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  59. I've never tasted anything worse but it worked.

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  60. to whoever said were an addict for smoking weed.. you cant get addicted to weed idiot

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    1. Addiction is mental and chemical so too say you cant get addicted too weed is just silly some people have addictive personalitys and can be addicted too anything iv seen this over the last 30 years of my career dealling with addicts of all size and shapes.
      So please lets not speak from your ass and ill inform people

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    2. Your grammar is horrendous. I pray to Jebus that you are on some sort of drug right now.

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  61. I've had stomach problems all my life. For drinks, I like tea(not to much sugar), sprite, coke(only a little bit, because too much can make the stomach feel sour), and of course, water is always recommended.
    For foods, I like to eat saltine crackers(Ritz are okay, but I find that they aren't as soothing), pretzels are really great, or a plain baked potato.
    I don't know how good potato chips are for your stomach because they're really greasy, but I totally agree with the Mary Jane suggestion. ;)

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  62. Go IV some heroin and maybe top it off with some good quality bear semen and you'll feel right as rain in no time.

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  63. I've. Had many upset stomach problems. Something I've tried is just "getting sick" getting it out of your system. Then I'll gargle warm salt water to clean the mouth. Them I'll eat a banana to refill my potassium then ill eat some saltine crackers. It always helps me.

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  64. Baking Soda and warm water works great and will make you fart!

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  65. Apple cider vinegar is great for everything I use it for everything lol along with a Lil Mary Jane woooooo!!!!

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