The flu is caused by a virus which creates a constellation of symptoms from weakness to aches and pains in the body and head, and is often accompanied by nausea which sometimes lead to vomiting. Antibiotics are not effective against a viral flu, and besides waiting it out, there are various alternative and home treatments that help reduce symptoms, quell the nausea and help you feel better.
Allow your stomach and intestines to rest by eating nothing, but do drink clear liquids slowly. Cold drinks are generally better tolerated when you are nauseated.
Drink liquids to replace lost minerals and electrolytes and to reduce nausea, like Gatorade or Powerade, suggests the University of Michigan Health System. Try flat, non-diet sodas like ginger ale or a cola without caffeine. Sugar helps to settle the stomach. Buy a brand of ginger ale that has real ginger as one of the ingredients. Clear juice or broth may also be helpful to reduce nausea.
Drink ginger tea. Grate a one-inch piece of ginger into a cup of boiling water and allow it to steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain off the pulp and add a spoonful of honey and drink to sooth nausea, suggests Jethro Kloss in his herbal book, “Back to Eden”.
Drink a cup of peppermint tea to relax stomach muscles and relieve nausea and vomiting. Peppermint also soothes the intestines.
Make a tea from crushed ginger and garlic to reduce nausea and vomiting and soothe the bowel. Crush a one-inch piece of ginger and two cloves of garlic. Add to two cups boiling water and allow it to steep. Remove the pulp and sip on the tea throughout the day. Add a bit of honey to sweeten and further soothe your stomach. Ginger is a natural anti-nausea herb and garlic is packed with nutrients to fight the flu to help you get better faster.
Eat soda crackers or dry toast to relieve symptoms of nausea. If you feel better after these foods add plain noodles with a little butter. Keep some food in your stomach if you can to continue helping to reduce nausea.
Avoid combining hot and cold foods and drinks, suggests the Cleveland Clinic. Eat small meals mainly consisting of soft food. Start with Jello or other gelatin-like foods, puddings and soups.
Take homeopathic remedies to reduce nausea and stomach flu symptoms, recommends “Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines.” Phosphorus is useful for treating nausea when you drink a cold drink and then vomit after it warms up in your stomach. Arsenicum can be used if there is vomiting and diarrhea with burning pain in the stomach that feels better when you drink a hot drink.
- “Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines”, Stephen Cummings, F.N.P. and Dana Ullman, M.P.H. 1984
- “Back to Eden”, Jethro Kloss, 2006