There are lots of things that can cause you to have an upset stomach. Even more so when you are travelling. These include a change in diet, dirty water, poor hygiene and not forgetting shoddy plumbing. Especially if it results in backed up sewage. No matter how hard you try to avoid tummy troubles while travelling – anyone can be struck down. We certainly have and it’s not pleasant. Because of this, it’s important to be prepared should it happen to you. This is because the sooner you treat it, the sooner you can get back to enjoying your travels. Therefore, we have put together a list of three ways you can help settle an upset stomach and get back on your feet.
Drink a Lot of Fluids
The likelihood is that if you have an upset stomach you will lose fluids. Therefore, it is vital that you replace those fluids in order not to become dehydrated. The best way of doing that is obviously by drinking water. However, if you think it may have been the tap water that caused your upset stomach in the first place you may want to opt for bottled water or invest in some water purification tablets.
Other fluids which may help settle an upset stomach include a range of herbal and natural teas including chamomile, mint and ginger root. Warm lemon water and flat Coke are also often recommended and if you believe the hype – water left over after making rice is rumoured to be a winner. Obviously, it depends on where you are in the world as to what fluids you can get your hands on.
Eat (Even Though You May Not Feel Like It)
The last thing you may want to do if you have an upset stomach is eat. Especially if you’re worried about keeping it down or in. However, there are a number of foods that can actually help settle an upset stomach. These include broths, dry crackers, burnt toast, yoghurt and oat bran. Together with certain herbs and spices including fennel and cinnamon and not forgetting high protein fruits such as avocado.
Obviously, don’t overeat and try to avoid certain foods as they may make your upset stomach worse. Things that you should pass on include spicy, fatty and acidic foods and dairy. Again depending on where in the world you are will depend on what foods you are able to find. If you cannot find things on our list and all else fails, stick to small portions of bland foods such as rice and pasta.
Feel The Heat
If you suffer from monthly stomach cramps, you’ll know the sweet relief a hot water bottle or wheat bag can bring. Therefore, if you have an upset stomach, they can help ease that pain too. If you are travelling, the likelihood is that you will not have a hot water bottle with you. Maybe you will have enough room to pack a wheat bag, however, remember you will need access to a microwave to heat it up.
Therefore, the best and easiest things to use while travelling are disposable heat pads. You simply open the packet, which activates them, stick it on the achey/crampy area, let the heat work its magic and then throw it in the bin. A pharmacy or shop that sell them may be hard to come by if you are travelling in certain cities/countries. Therefore, why not buy a pack and slip it in your bag before setting off?
If These Don’t Work
If these options don’t work, there are a number of medicines and pills you can try and can be bought over the counter. Many of which are highly effective and can clear up your tummy troubles in no time at all. These include Imodium and Pepto-Bismol. Again, when travelling they may be hard to come by and also a number of people do not like to take medication if there are alternative natural solutions available.
Most of the time an upset stomach will clear up after a couple of days or so if you rest, eat and drink the right things. However there are things you should look out for and if you spot any of them, you should seek medical advice/assistance straight away. These include
- Bloody or black, tarry stools
- A high temperature for over 24 hours
- Unable to keep anything down or in for more than 48 hours
- Severe pain (back/stomach/bottom)
We hope our suggestions help you if you ever find yourself with an upset stomach while travelling.
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