14. BRAT Diet (Banana, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast)
If you have stomach issues, you cannot think of a doctor unless you have tried the (BRAT) diet. It consists of Banana, rice, applesauce, and toast. The diet is specifically developed for people, who are suffering from stomach problems. When you are suffering from nausea, diarrhea, and having an upset tummy, it is mandatory not be on a BRAT diet. It has “binding” foods, which are low in fiber. These foods do not irritate your belly and help in making the stools firmer. However, make sure to follow the diet only for a short time or as long as your stomach pain heals because it does not have all the nutrients that healthy diet supplements.
How Does This Work?
The BRAT diet has foods that are easily absorbed by the body, and they contain low fiber. BRAT diet is best when you have to eat something despite being sick. Roasting the bread a little excessively is known to ward off the symptoms of nausea. You can also include other foods to the BRAT diet. The best are the saltine crackers, clear soups or boiled potatoes.
BRAT Diet Is Not Good, If:
- You are suffering from vomiting. It is better to stick to liquid diets until you can change to solid diet.
- You are anemic.
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. A sudden diet change can cause harm. Consult your doctor before trying.
13. Fresh Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe Vera belongs to the succulent family. Though it originates from North Africa, this evergreen plant has been claimed to naturalize in Europe and North America. For decades, this medicinal plant has been used for treat many health problems like burns, abrasions, digestive disorders, minor cuts, heartburn, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, and acid reflux. The reason Aloe Vera is highly effective for an upset stomach is due to its anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to clean the GI (gastrointestinal) tract naturally. Also, it reduces the colonic build-up while promoting a healthier transfer of waste materials via the bowel. When it comes to stomach pain, aloe vera is usually consumed as fresh juice so that your stomach can quickly absorb and heal faster.
- Step 1: Cut one or two fresh Aloe Vera leaves. Use the ones that are close to the ground, as they are said to be more mature.
- Step 2: Clean the leaves with fresh water.
- Step 3: Take out all its gel.
- Step 4: Its yellow sap (or aloin) has to be discarded.
- Step 5: You need only the inner central gel. So separate them carefully.
- Step 6: Blend the gel in a mixer to make it smooth.
- Step 7: For one glass of Aloe Vera Juice, mix two tablespoons of this gel with one glass of water.
- Step 8: Refrigerate the rest and use when required.
- Step 9: Mix the gel and water properly. Drink two times a day.
- Step 10: Continue for 3 to 4 days.
How Does This Work?
The plant consists of two substances (gel and latex) mainly used in medicines. It can assist in acid reflux, indigestion, etc. It consists of laxative compounds known as aloin, aloe-emodin, and barbaloin. It conducts anti-inflammatory effect on the GI tract lining. It also contains vitamins A, E, zinc, magnesium, essential fatty acids, and calcium.
Aloe Vera Is Not Good, If:
- You are taking other medications. Aloe juice and can lead to low potassium and blood sugar levels in the body.
- You are diabetic. It can promote low glucose levels.
- You are suffering from stomach ulcers, appendicitis, hemorrhoids, liver problems, and colitis.
- You have a history of heart disease. Aloe can make the body produce high levels of adrenaline, which can lead to dangerous conditions.
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. It can lead to miscarriage and defects in babies.
- You are administering a child. It should not be given to children below 12 years of age.