Some seniors experience an upset stomach due to illness, medical conditions, or even medications they’re taking. Family caregivers in Sacramento, CA, can help their senior loved ones reduce nausea and feel better by having them try one or more of these handy at-home remedies for sour or upset stomach.
1. Heating Pad
Warmth and heat have many healing properties including alleviating an upset stomach. The heat from the pad will help increase blood circulation in the abdomen and aid with digestion. Heat will also help to relieve any cramping of the abdominal muscles.
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger can help ease an upset stomach. Ginger also aids in digestion by helping food move easily it through the digestive system. A senior can drink a glass of ginger ale or a cup of ginger tea to help soothe their upset stomach.
3. Raw Honey
A mere teaspoon of raw honey is known to have antibiotic properties. This is because it contains enzymes that attack bacteria and help soothe an irritated stomach. Live-in Sacramento caregivers can either add raw honey to their loved one’s cup of herbal tea or simply give their loved ones a spoonful of the sweet stuff.
4. Milk Toast
A slice of milk toast will help calm an upset stomach, especially if it’s brought on by pain medication. Bread is known for absorbing excess acid and the milk will help to coat your loved one’s stomach. Just make sure they don’t drink milk straight because dairy alone will further irritate their stomach. To make milk toast, just crumble a piece of toast into a cup of hot milk.
Drinking a cup of warm peppermint tea will help to relax your senior’s stomach muscles and make their irritated tummy feel better. It will also help your senior’s bile flow better, which will help them digest food more efficiently.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar
Acidic substances like apple cider vinegar are rich in pectin concentration, which is known to relieve nausea and settle an upset stomach. Just put one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and serve. You can even add a bit of honey to cut the flavor.
7. Fresh Lemon
The smell of citrus can help cut through the unsettling feeling of nausea and calm your senior loved one’s stomach. Simply cut a lemon in half and put it close enough for your loved one’s nose to smell it. Make sure he or she inhales and exhales fully for maximum effect.
Your loved one may also benefit from live-in or hourly assistance at home to manage upset stomach. Home Care Assistance is a leading Sacramento senior care agency that provides flexible home care for seniors of varying needs and requirements while promoting longevity, vitality, and overall wellbeing. Talk to a friendly Care Manager when you call (916) 706-0169 today to set up a free in-home consultation.