It’s that time of year again… Colds and especially the flu can sap us of pretty much everything we’ve got. Probably one of the worst viruses to get this time of year, or any time in fact, is the stomach flu. Ick – who in their right mind enjoys vomit and diarrhea, right?
You’ve likely heard of the BRAT diet for anyone suffering from the stomach flu or diarrhea. Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast. But what can you do if you simply cannot keep anything in yoru stomach at all? Children are notorious for vomiting back up medication within moments of it being taken. Or how is one to keep themselves from getting dehydrated, when even sips of water often don’t last very long?
My natural remedy to avoid dehydration is rice water for the stomach flu. This remedy is super easy to make, contains only 2 ingredients, can be made quickly and works. Here is how simple this stomach flu remedy is:
- 2 tablespoons of white rice
- 1 cup of water
- DO NOT add salt
1. Boil the rice until it is fully cooked.
2. Strain the rice, keeping the resulting rice water – do not discard.
3. Place the rice water into the fridge to cool down.
4. Eat the few spoons of cooked rice while you wait for the water to cool.
Feel free to drink the rice water warm or cold. Sipping it slowly gives you the benefits of the rice in settling your stomach and adds the hydration your body is likely lacking. Luckily, it doesn’t taste too bad, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting your children to try. I would however speak to your doctor before giving the water to babies.
Let me know if you try this inexpensive natural remedy for the stomach flu and/or diarrhea, and how it worked for you!