Nourish - Natural Ways to Provide Relief and Help Recovery from a Stomach Bug (Part 2)
Welcome to part two of our Natural Ways to Provide Relief and Help Recovery from a Stomach Bug.
In part one we covered the causes and some tips on natural treatment.
In part two, we’re continuing our natural treatment suggestions, plus some supplements and tips that I recommend as preventative measures.
No. 3 – Supportive Additions to Help Recovery from a Stomach Bug
Stomach bugs can’t be cured by medications or antibiotics when a virus is the culprit. So, the blunt honest truth is simply that there’s not much to do for a stomach bug except wait it out and use the remedies discussed above.
There are however a couple of supportive additions that I feel are worth mentioning.
Activated charcoal works by adsorption (no that’s not a typo: absorption is different than adsorption). Adsorption means that the charcoal binds to the toxins and carries them out of the body as opposed to absorbing them into itself.
Many people find activated charcoal to be an extremely effective aid in stopping a stomach bug quickly or at the very least, reducing the symptoms exponentially.
Activated charcoal is widely used in emergency rooms for treatment against poisoning, and is also frequently used as an over-the-counter treatment for gastrointestinal upsets.
Personally, I took 2 tablets 2-3x a day away from food, but please check the product recommendations for your own use. For relief and recovery from a stomach, I love this supplement.
One of my favourite choices for general immune support is elderberry syrup. This makes elderberry an excellent plant ally to support your health on the road to recovery from a stomach bug. It also makes for a great preventative should someone around you be sick, or for others around you when you’re sick, to help prevent them catching it.
Chaga is a wonderful medicinal mushroom with an amazing reputation. This medicinal mushroom is rich in beta-glucans, which help balance the body’s immune system responses. It’s great to take as a preventative against such bugs, but also works as a great recovery tonic.
Chaga has been shown to:
- protect the intestine
- reduce digestive inflammation (which aside from helping out with your stomach bug related inflammation, it’s also great for those suffering from ulcers, gastritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and colitis).
- work as an antiparasitic and antiviral to help knock those virus germs right out the park.
For more info on Chaga, see my previous blog here on ‘What’s the Scoop on: Chaga Mushroom.’
No. 4 – Get Plenty of Rest
I don’t think I’ll need to battle anyone here when I say you must rest!
When you have a stomach bug, your body needs to rest in order to fight off the infection and repair. Therefore sleep is vital. As is reducing your activity during the day. This means the only place you should be if you’re not in bed, is the sofa!
No. 5 – Preventing Stomach Bugs
Reduce Close Contact
Since we know that stomach bugs are contagious, it’s best to avoid close contact with those you know are infected, however, that’s a pretty obvious one!
If you are sick and live with others, try to stay as isolated as possible to prevent spreading it. The same goes for if someone else is sick and you’re not. Try to restrict the poor sick soul to one bathroom, and have the rest of the household use another if possible.
Wash your Hands Frequently with Soap and Water
Washing hands is vital to prevent the stomach virus from being passed around.
One main reason that the stomach virus is spread so easily is because it can lay on surfaces for up to two weeks after a sick person has been in contact with it.
If someone has been actively sick on or around an area, these little troublemaking microbes can go in the air and settle down on a surface and wait patiently to find their next victim.
If you’re caring for a sick person, try to wash every surface they have come in contact with and wash your hands often. Hand sanitizer is not effective here.
For a more in-depth read, I really liked this blog post by thrivalnutrition on dealing with sickness with kids.
No. 6 – Supplements that I recommend as a preventative measure
These are some of my favourites:
- elderberry syrup
- activated charcoal (take away from other supplements and food)
- vitamin C
- oregano oil
- b vitamins (especially if you’re stressed)
One final note…
Vomiting and diarrhoea are the body’s natural way of eliminating toxins and it is best to allow this process and not prevent it from happening. Caution must be taken so you do not become dehydrated. Staying hydrated throughout the course of the illness can be the biggest challenge but the most important.
Seek professional medical help if you experience:
- Blood in vomit or stool
- Vomiting for more than 48 hours
- You’re unable to keep liquids down for 24 hours
- have been vomiting for more than two days.
- You’re severely dehydrated.
- You have a fever above 40C
- Or if you are unsure about anything and need support.
If you missed part one, check it out here.
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*Please note that while we are knowledgeable about our products and nutrition, this blog should never be a substitute for medical advice and attention.
Please remember that you should always obtain the all-clear from your doctor before starting any new supplement plan or diet if you’re on any medication.