There is nothing worse than the agony of an upset stomach. Belly bloating, diarrhea, cramping, and nausea are all too familiar stomach ache symptoms that can feel so excruciating, they can’t be ignored. “People can experience an upset stomach for an endless amount of reasons,” explains Keri Glassman MS, RDN, and founder of Nutritious Life. “It can be from stress, a foodborne illness, full-blown food poising, or maybe you’re feeling gassy from eating too many vegetables.” It’s not always easy to pinpoint exactly what led to your tummy trouble, but the good news is a relief isn’t too hard to come by.
However, if your symptoms get serious, it can be a sign of a larger problem. “If you’re throwing up blood, experiencing severe abdominal pain or fever, or passing blood in your stool, which can sometimes become a black color, seek immediate medical attention. Drive to the doctor or go to an urgent care center,” American Gastroenterological Association spokesperson and gastroenterologist Tauseef Ali, MD, says. A cup of ginger tea won’t remedy those symptoms. But the next time your tummy just isn’t feeling right, consider adding these foods to your diet for relief.
Research has shown that ginger can, in fact, help alleviate stomach pain and nausea. “Make a fresh ginger tea by cutting up ginger root and letting it soak in a cup of hot water,” Glassman recommends. You can add some lemon or honey to enhance the flavor, too. Too much ginger can cause gastric discomfort though, so keep your consumption to a cup or two of ginger tea a day.