Upset stomach is a common and often a mild form of a digestive problem, which can be looked after with some simple and easy treatment methods. Common causes could include high levels of stomach acid, over-eating or eating too fast, acid reflux diseases, certain medications, smoking and alcohol abuse. There are also some medical conditions which cause an upset stomach and they include gastritis, peptic ulcers, cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder), pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas; usually marked by abdominal pain), stress, cardiac ischemia, etc.
To manage an upset stomach, one must cater to the importance of identifying the different symptoms, as the earlier the symptoms are noticed, the earlier will the treatment be initiated. So, the symptoms to be watched out for include nausea, vomiting, heartburn, chest pain, stomach bloating, feeling of fullness and most commonly, stomach acid regurgitating into your mouth. The patient may also suffer from a burning pain which radiates from the upper to the mid regions of the stomach, abdominal pain and a sensation of anxiety.
Treating an upset stomach primarily depends on its cause and so the remedies may vary from person to person.
Some cases of upset stomach occur due to fasting for long hours, which cause the accumulation of acids in the stomach. So in this case, you should cut down your fasts and have nutritious foods. Avoid taking soda drinks and other beverages, as they might worsen the condition.
The problem could also arise from eating foods that do not suit your stomach. So, if you notice symptoms of upset stomach after eating anything, then you can help yourself with tea prepared from ginger, mint, cinnamon or chamomile. You can also add a bit of honey to improve the taste. A simple green tea is also good enough in some cases.
Taking a mix of medical charcoal with hot water, also helps and so does having bananas.
Avoiding foods which can trigger or worsen the condition of upset stomach, is also as important as following other remedies. Keep foods such as coffee, onions, milk, cauliflower, chocolate, fried foods and baked beans out of your diet while you are recuperating and if possible keep their intake to a minimal level when you have recovered.
Apart from considering what to eat and what not to, de-stressing the body and mind also help treating stomach problems, as stress is one of its causes. Take a warm shower and rest for a while. Listen to soft music or watch some light TV shows. Meditation is also one of the most effective stress busters.
Following a regular schedule of exercises aids the functioning of the digestive system and hence reduces the risks of any such disorders like upset stomach and others. Take a brief stroll after your meals. It will aid the digestion and make you feel lighter.
As far as medicines are concerned, they should be avoided as far as possible or should not be taken without prescription. As I said, the treatment depends on the specific cause. So, if you notice that the symptoms are persisting, then this might indicate a serious issue and nothing would be wiser than paying a quick visit to a doctor.