Ginger root and coconut water: Smart home remedies for an upset stomach

Thursday, March 01, 2018 by

One of the most debilitating pains among the myriad of physical ailments is stomach upset. When you have a stomachache, especially one caused by indigestion or irregular bowel movement, your whole body may feel weak and lethargic, and your overall mood may also be affected.

Prescription painkillers may be effective to relieve stomach pains, but there are natural remedies that have been proven to provide the same effect. Best of all, these natural remedies don’t come with potential adverse side effects that accompany commercial painkillers. Two of the most notable stomach pain remedies are ginger root and coconut water. (h/t to

Soothing stomachache with ginger root

Ginger has been used for a wide variety of medicinal purposes due to its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which make it highly effective against stomach-related problems such as indigestion, nausea, and hyperacidity. (Related: 11 Natural Remedies For Stomach Acidity For Quick Relief.)

According to, eating a piece of fresh, cooked, or candied ginger will do the trick.

Prepare ginger for a potent stomachache remedy by following these steps:

  • Fresh ginger
    • Cut fresh ginger into small slices and sprinkle some salt on them.
    • Chew the ginger slices as often as possible throughout the day or add them in your dishes.
  • Grated ginger
    • Mix a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger with a teaspoon of lime juice.
    • Eat this twice a day, always after a meal, for stomach pain relief.
  • Ginger juice
    • Blend a piece of fresh ginger to extract its juice.
    • Add some sugar to the extracted juice and mix well with a glass of warm water.
    • Drink this for stomach pain relief.
  • Ginger with ghee
    • Crush a small piece of fresh ginger to extract its juice.
    • Mix a teaspoon of juice with half a teaspoon of ghee (clarified butter).
    • Stir it well and consume regularly to soothe stomach pain.

For stomach gas and cramps, you can add a teaspoon of ginger juice and black pepper powder to lime juice and mix well. Ginger ale and ginger tea are also effective beverages for relieving stomach gas and pain.

Regular intake of ginger in any form may help a lot in relieving and even curing stomach problems, but note that ginger should not be given to children under two years old, and pregnant women can take up to only one gram of ginger per day.

Coconut water for stomach problems

Coconut water is not only a refreshing drink but also a health enhancer. Inflammation of the stomach lining is the main cause of some types of stomach pains. An inflamed stomach lining can result to symptoms such as nausea, bloating, and loss of appetite. Coconut water can soothe the stomach lining thanks to an abundance of a substance called tannin, which is known to reduce inflammation.

The tannins in the coconut water also have antibacterial properties, which work well against stomach problems caused by bacterial infection or stomach flu. In addition, coconut water contains lauric acid which the body converts into monolaurin, a compound with antimicrobial activity.

Coconut water contains soluble fiber which helps regulate bowel movements. In the case of diarrhea, which can quickly dehydrate your body, coconut water is highly effective for rehydrating in no time.

Inflammation in the stomach lining can cause another health condition known as peptic ulcer. Learn how to treat it with natural remedies at

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