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How to Enjoy Summer & Avoid an Upset Stomach


Kids, parents, and, even the dog, sometimes run into stomach upsets in the summer, when temps soar and meals are often eaten outdoors or on the go.

Schedules get moved around, and tension can accelerate for kids and adults. As a child faces their very first swim lesson, or an adult tries to make it through traffic to pick everybody up on time, upset stomachs happen all too often.

Stomach cramps, bloating, gas, overeating, viruses, and heartburn can all become big deals when you or someone in your family gets hit. Ongoing indigestion and frequent heartburn may require more assistance from the doctor.

Upset systems from food poisoning can also be a danger in warm weather with barbecues, car trips and picnics adding to the risk. Keep foods on ice or refrigerated and serve promptly. Toss any leftovers that may have been sitting in a hot trunk or on the beach or grass too long. Watch for signs and symptoms of upset systems and have them checked out immediately if they become severe.

How to Sidestep Some of the Upsets

Harvard Health suggests ways to reduce flare ups and cope with reoccurring indigestion. Keep an eye on the menu and avoid foods that trigger symptoms. Serve smaller portions, and eat more frequent meals. Chew food slowly and completely. Avoid smoking, gobbling food, chewing gum and carbonated drinks. Lower the stress level with yoga, tai chi or aerobic workouts. (But never exercise right after eating.) Get enough rest, maintain normal weight and do not lie down within two hours of eating.

Soothing Foods to Save the Day

HuffingtonPost says mint tea relieves gas and decreases cramping. But heartburn sufferers may have to drink chamomile tea instead. Plain unsweetened yogurt helps control diarrhea supplying healthy bacteria and reducing pain. Apple cider vinegar helps stomachs that have too little acid. (Mix a tablespoon with hot water and honey.) Rice reduces diarrhea and pain absorbing fluid and coating the stomach. Fresh ginger or tea relieves nausea or vomiting. (It helps reduce seasickness too.) Bananas deliver potassium and settle stomachs. Toast helps the stomach normalize. Fennel delivers antioxidants and reduces gas flushing toxins out.

WARNING: Be sure to see the doctor or go to ER for any continuing diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration or signs of food poisoning.

As always, ongoing digestion problems, heartburn or nervous stomachs, should be discussed with the doctor in regular visits.


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