You and the wife celebrated your promotion with dinner at your favorite barbecue joint. You've been working hard for months, you think, so you deserve to cut loose a little. On the way home you groan and mutter that you wish you had stopped after that first barbecue platter. Your wife shrugs her shoulders. You both know the price for your revelry will be a painful night of bloating, gas, and heartburn.Once the feast finally makes its way through your digestive track you will now pay the price with a bout of diarrhea. As your wife looks at you with disgust, you shamefully make your way downstairs to sleep on the couch for the night.
Eat or drink something to ease stomach upset. Sometimes, when your stomach is upset, the last thing you want to do is try to eat. Try eating something light and easy to digest; it can actually help to settle your stomach and make you feel better. Pregnanat women are advised to eat saltine crackers to ease their nausea and with good reason. It often works.
Eat some sugar cookies or animal cookies. Plain cookies without too many frills may make your stomach feel better.
Drink small sips of tea, juice, and clear broth to help relieve stomach upset.
Try coke syrup. It has been given to sailors for seasickness. The phosphoric acid in coke may sooth the stomach.
Reduce carbonation in sodas. Carbonated beverages are more likely to hurt your stomach, so stir them to make them less carbonated.
Avoid beverages that are really cold. Lukewarm juice or soda will be better for your upset stomach.
Avoid milk and dairy products, especially if you are mildly lactose-intolerant and can eat small amounts of dairy products. When you have diarrhea, the lactose travels through your intestines more rapidly and is less likely to be completely absorbed. Undigested lactose can worsen diarrhea, make your stomach hurt, and cause bloating and distention of the bowel.
Stay still to reduce nausea. Mothers sometimes shake their children (instead of finding the ipecac syrup) when they have accidentally swallowed poison to help them vomit. When suffering from stomach upset, laying or sitting down and remaining as still as possible could help. Sleeping helps relieve diarrhea because the movement of food through the intestines slows down while you sleep. You especially want to try to keep your head still if you have nausea.
Try the lemon cure for nausea. Some people have found that just smelling a lemon can ease nausea. The next time you feel sick to your stomach, cut open a lemon and take a deep breath. This simple treatment might soothe your upset stomach. However, if the lemon smell just makes your nausea worse, toss the lemon and try something else.
Explore over-the-counter solutions. Products such as Mylanta or Pepto Bismal can help your stomach and your diarrhea. If your diarrhea is intense, Imodium is a more powerful option, but note that it does nothing to stop nausea or vomiting.
Use ginger to soothe your stomach. Try Ginger Ale and cookies with ginger in them.
Try the BRAT diet: bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. Yes, this is why your mother made rice for you when you felt sick. The BRAT diet may benefit diarrhea, stomach upset, and vomiting. Some versions of the diet, such as the BRATS diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, and saltines), include crackers. Eating crackers is particularly helpful when your stomach hurts (see Step One). Toast may be easier on the stomach than bread.