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9 All-Natural Tummy Ache Remedies

9 All-Natural Tummy Ache Remedies

Tummy troubles? We have natural stomach-ache remedies to cure and soothe your child.

By Amy Capetta – Thanks to Parents.com for this article. These remedies can be used by adults as well.

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            Your little one has probably come to you with hands wrapped around the waist while crying, “My tummy hurts!” Abdominal pain has many different characteristics — it can be dull, sharp, or crampy — and doctors judge severity based on when children stop playing and on how their eating and bowel habits change. “Tummy aches are extremely common in children, especially around the ages of four to eight,” says Deborah Lonzer, M.D., a pediatrician and the Chair of the Department of Community Pediatrics for the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital. The main reasons: diet, stress, and growing pains. “The pain is usually not due to an irritation inside the stomach but from the cramping or stretching of muscles on the outside,” says James M. Sears, M.D., a pediatrician and cohost on the CBS daytime talk show The Doctors. The next time your kid complains of an upset tummy, consider these nine natural remedies.

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            Sip Chamomile Tea

            Give your child a cup of chamomile tea (one cup of water per teabag), suggests Andrew Weil, M.D., a leader in the field of integrative medicine, whose books include Spontaneous Healing. “Chamomile tea is an excellent home remedy for uncomplicated stomach upsets because it possesses…anti-inflammatory and sedative properties, all of which may contribute to a lessening of abdominal discomfort,” says Dr. Weil. Chamomile relaxes the muscle of the upper digestive tract, easing the contractions that move food through the stomach and small intestines; this will relieve spasms and tummy cramps.

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            Drink Ginger

            It’s okay to give your child soda when his stomach is hurting, as long as the soda is ginger ale, but fresh ginger tea is even better because it’s chock-full of ginger (and healthier). Ginger’s main ingredient is gingerol, a strong antioxidant that helps decrease the production of free radicals and their potential damage to the body; it also decreases nausea and discomfort. Plus, ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties increase digestive juices and neutralize stomach acids.

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            Reach for Peppermint

            Peppermint tea is also refreshing and can ease the pain of a tummy ache. “Peppermint has been shown to have a calming effect on the stomach muscles,” says Dr. Sears. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, peppermint has the ability to improve the flow of bile, which the body uses for digestion. If your child refuses to drink tea, a peppermint candy, while not as potent, may settle her stomach.

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            Apply Heat

            Placing a hot water bottle or heating pad on your little one’s tummy while he’s sitting or lying down should relieve some of the pain, says Robyn Strosaker, M.D., a pediatrician at the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. The reason: “Heat increases the blood flow to the skin surface, which can diminish the perception of pain coming from deeper in the abdomen,” she explains.

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            Rub the Foot, Using Reflexology

            “There are thousands of nerves in the feet and hands that, when specific techniques are applied, can cause the entire body to relax and feel calmer,” says Laura Norman, a reflexology practitioner and author of Feet First: A Guide to Food Reflexology. The tummy region corresponds with the center arch of the left foot. Using a reflexology technique, hold your child’s left foot with the palm of your right hand and with your left hand under the ball of the foot, apply a steady, even pressure with your thumb.

            Use a forward, caterpillar-like motion (press one spot, move a little forward, and repeat) to go across the foot. Switch hands and repeat from right to left, with the thumb of your right hand, and continue until you cover the center of the arch. “The child will respond positively to her mom’s loving touch, the parent feels wonderful for being able to help their child, and the parent-child connection is strengthened,” Norman adds.

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            Serve Bland Foods

            If your child still has an appetite despite the tummy ache, let him eat small amounts of plain foods, like toast, pasta, oatmeal, yogurt, rice, and applesauce. Avoid sauces, condiments, or seasonings. “Bland foods are less irritating to the stomach and more easily digested than spicy or greasy foods,” says Dr. Strosaker. “These foods are not only less likely to induce vomiting, but they will help the gastrointestinal (GI) tract return to normal function more quickly.”

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            Snack on Yogurt

            Yogurt is effective for basic tummy cramps, and it’s a popular healing food for diarrhea, Dr. Sears says. “Normally, ‘good’ bacteria live in your intestines that help with digestion,” he explains. “If you have an intestinal virus or diarrhea, good bacteria can get flushed out, which can prolong the duration of the symptoms.” Eating yogurt with live cultures provides the active bacteria that can help get digestion back to normal, especially if your little one is going to the bathroom too often.

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            Follow the CRAP Diet

            Is your child’s tummy hurting because of constipation? Michael Roizen, M.D., co-author of YOU: Raising Your Child, along with his colleagues Ellen Rome, M.D., and Mehmet Oz, M.D., came up with an easy (and memorable!) acronym to remember how to help your kid. “Appropriately named the CRAP diet, it stands for fruits with fiber that can act to naturally ‘loosen things up’: cherries, rraisins, apricots, and prunes,” says Dr. Roizen. If your school-age child is getting less than five servings of fruit a day, give her a half cup of any of these fruits, three to five times a day. “For kids under four, it’s smart to puree these foods to decrease the risk of choking,” he adds. Toddlers should be eating a half cup.

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              Encourage Outdoor Activities

              If your child is suffering from constipation, Dr. Roizen says it’s the perfect time to hit the playground. “Physical activity can aid movement through the GI tract, whereas lying in bed can actually induce constipation,” he explains. “And while this treatment is less scientific-mechanism-based than others, it works!” Acceptable activities include walking, moderate running, playing outside, or playing an “active” Wii game. Advise your child to hold off on the more “tummy turning” activities, such as twirling, hanging on the monkey bars, and doing cartwheels.

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              Know When to Seek Help

              Home remedies can work wonders, but it’s necessary to know when it’s time to call the doctor. Dr. Lonzer says that pain around the belly button is often the least concern. “Loss of appetite is more serious and would concern me after a few days,” she adds. “Constipation should be addressed within a week if a change in diet is not helping.” As a general rule, if your child is vomiting, has a fever, has blood in his stool, is not thriving, or looks worn-out all the time, it’s best to take him to the pediatrician.

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Basic Detox Guide & How to Tell if Your Body Needs a Natural Detox

Basic Detox Guide: How to Tell if Your Body Needs a Natural Detox

Thanks to Realfarmacy.com for this article.

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Your body is naturally equipped with a self-cleaning process. But too much sugar, caffeine, processed foods, stress, and too little exercise can slow the body’s natural detox function to a slow pace. And then your body can’t clean itself when it is put up against the increasing number of harmful and toxic substances in the environment. Toxins come in many forms: pesticides in produce, formaldehyde in carpets and cosmetics, PCBs from plastic containers, dioxins from bleached paper products, and more.

Your body will process and eliminate some of the hordes of chemicals that enter, but overflow gets stored in the liver, lungs, kidneys, fat cells, intestines, blood stream, and skin—which can result in chronic illnesses down the road. When you undergo a detox, you get these toxins out of your system.

How do you know if you need a detox?

You know you’re suffering from toxic overload if you are experiencing fatigue, memory decline, difficulty focusing, allergies and infections, irritability, anxiety and depression, difficulty with weight gain and weight loss, muscle and joint pain or weakness, skin rashes and outbreaks, recurrent yeast and fungal infections, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal bloating, and indigestion.

Most people report vast improvement in their symptoms after a detox. At first, you may feel a little fuzzy because of the toxins being released. However, when you stick with it, you will begin to feel more alert, energized, and full of vitality.

At-Home Detox

Start small! Begin with a one-day program and gradually increase to one week or more. Here are 5 steps to a daily detox that will gently cleanse your body:

1. Start the Detox Day Right
• First thing in the morning, drink one lemon squeezed in 12 ounces of warm filtered water. Lemon activates your liver to release toxins and helps to cleanse and move the roughage that stays behind in your intestines.

• Take acidophilus or a probiotic supplement. Acidophilus is one of the many “good” bacteria and yeasts known as the probiotics. Probiotics balance our intestinal functions, helping to break down food and control the “bad” bacteria that is also in your system—all of which optimizes the detoxification process. Always take probiotics on an empty stomach.

2. Your Detox Meals
These meals are designed to jump-start your body into becoming healthier.
• Breakfast: Eat oat bran cereal, brown rice, or any other whole grain cereal as long as it is unbleached and does not contain any added sugar or chemicals.

• Lunch or Dinner: Eat any combination of beans, brown rice, oat bran, vegetables, and organic chicken, or turkey. When you eat, notice how your food affects you. You should feel satisfied and energized. If you feel tired and sluggish, try eating smaller meals so that you don’t overwhelm your digestion and interfere with the detoxification process.

3. Eat Green to Spring into Health
The green pigment in plants, chlorophyll, is structurally similar to the hemoglobin in the human body—the iron-containing element in blood. It increases red blood cell production and improves oxygenation, detoxification, and circulation. Be sure to eat several servings of fresh green vegetables every day during your detox. Try this super-cleansing broth and juice as a quick way to up your veggie intake.

Detox Broth: Add as many of these ingredients as you can into a large pot of filtered water: collards, Swiss chard, kale, mustard greens, cabbage, dandelion, Brussels sprouts, daikon radish, watercress, seaweed, shitake mushrooms, cilantro, garlic, leeks, fresh fennel, anise, fresh ginger, and turmeric. Boil until all ingredients are soft. You can make in a large batch and refrigerate for up to three days.

Detox Juice: Juice the following together: Aloe vera juice (which can be found in most health food stores), apples, asparagus, beets (including greens), cabbage, carrot and carrot greens, celery, cucumbers, and parsley. You can also purchase vegetable juice from the store, but be sure that it has no added salt or chemicals.

4. Supplement Your Detox
• Take a daily supplement of 1 tablespoon of flax seed oil, walnut oil, or deep-sea fish oil.

• Green Tea is a strong antioxidant, and a great beverage choice for your detox. Be sure to drink decaffeinated green tea.

• Dandelion and Milk Thistle both protect and restore the liver. According to Chinese medicine, the liver is most active in the detoxification process during spring.

• Ginger is a bowel and kidney cleanser. Make yourself tea from fresh ginger root during your detox.

A popular herbal formula among my patients is Internal Cleanse, a special combination of natural herbs to detoxify, calm nerves, clear the mind, promote emotional balance, and ease digestion. For more information, click here.

5. Take an Invigorating Herbal Soak
Soak for 20 minutes in a revitalizing herbal bath. Help draw out toxins by infusing your bath water with eucalyptus, wintergreen, peppermint, fennel, cinnamon, and epsom salts.

Spring may be the best time to cleanse your body, but you don’t have to wait until spring to start. Detoxification and cleansing is a healthy maintenance program for all seasons.

**Reposter’s Note

Make sure to get your Epsom Salts from a source that does not use aluminum to stop the salt from clumping. Magnesium Salts are also excellent for detox and revitalization.

1/4 tsp of coconut oil added to the last 5 minutes of your soak is very beneficial to your skin and hair. Coconut oil taken orally also has many beneficial effects on almost every body system.

I have an Oxygen Spa that I will share information with you on later this fall that provides an excellent detox. It is very relaxing and enjoyable and overall detox is just one of the many benefits it provides the body, mind and spirit.

My personal thoughts on detoxification are that it should be a continuously ongoing. Toxins are accumulated on an ongoing basis so ongoing detox is just plain smart preventative maintenance.

At the very least – start your day with fresh lemon in hot water.

I like to grate fresh Ginger, let it steep while I juice a lemon, I then add the lemon to the steeped ginger tea and sweeten with a bit of honey or real maple syrup.  No matter the season,  the fresh Lemon – Ginger combo really adds zest to your morning. It also has an excellent detoxifying effect.

If you have an intestinal system that is working well, leave well enough alone. I suffered from severe IBS before it had a name. Now my intestinal system works really well. The friendly flora are in the correct balance.  I now will only add a Pro-biotic when that balance is disturbed and would not add it as part of my detox program.

Our bodies are an amazing compilation of complex systems that work synergistically. The gut is one of those complex systems.