• Dr. Kendra Becker

SURVIVING the STOMACH FLU

Recently there has been a Nasty Stomach bug going around. It is affecting moms, dads, kids or ALL ages and even pregnant women! It seems to take no prisoners! Here are some useful tips to survive this bug! This bug does not seem to have a particular “person zero “origin that I have found so watch yourselves this bug can last 1 to 10 days, however it seems to be a 3 day average across the board; At least for the most acute aspects of the illness.

Here are some great tips to surviving! Small sips of Coconut water, or water mixed with maple syrup or even natural gummy bears. All of these sources have high levels of sugar, sugar stabilizes blood-sugar and wards off nausea, it also causes excess fluids to “flood the colon” helping wash out the nasty viral perpetrator that caused this bug. Another great tip is to prepare a coconut water or maple water “granita” a thin icy treat if even the thought of fluids is nauseating. A good rule of thumb to try is a teaspoon/ gummy every 15 minutes. Remember Fluids keep you hydrated especially when you are sweating, vomiting, and having diarrhea.

As the Nausea subsides, try tea and bone broth, both will help restore the electrolytes lost. As recovery begins try the BRAT Diet – bananas, rice, applesauce, and (gluten free) toast, these foods that are easy to digest, contain a lot of carbohydrates to replenish energy, and restore nutrients lost through vomiting and diarrhea. Rest is paramount; forget the mounds of laundry you are acquiring. Sleep is the key to a quick recovery. In spite of the fact that it feels like your insides are churning with hot acid, the body needs rest in order to fight off the virus. Get plenty of sleep and reduce the amount of activity you normally do during the day. The body is working hard to fight off the virus and repair damage on the cellular level.

Try some homeopathy! There is little conventional medicine can offer to ameliorate suffering, so here are some tips to getting through it quickly, depending on your symptom picture, here are some suggestions Ipecacuana- vomiting preceded by much nausea or Persistent nausea and vomiting is its chief indication. Antimonium crudum -vomiting as soon as he eats or drinks. Aethusa- when vomiting looks like large green curds of milk, followed by great exhaustion Phosphorous- vomiting causes great thirst for cold water, but as soon a it becomes warm in the stomach it is vomited. Iris versicolor-Periodical vomiting spells and especially vomiting of sour matters so sour as to set the teeth on edge.

Doing simple acupressure on the point PC3 (3 finger breaths below the wrist) can reduce the nausea, as well as a cold cloth on the forehead or back of the neck.

Restore with probiotics! As soon as the vomiting stops, boost your immunity and gut with high quality probiotics, this will help restore the proper balance in the gut and (hopefully) insulate the cells to reduce the possibility of this happening again. Hang in there it will be over quickly, even though it doesn’t feel that way!

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