Treating a stomach virus commonly known as stomach flu

Prevent/Heal Stomach Flu

Although there is no such medical term as “stomach flu,” the unpleasant effects of gastroenteritis are well known under that name. We all, unfortunately, have experienced these at some point in time.

Here is what found to work for our family.


The best prevention for any illness is taking these simple steps:

  • Wash, wash, wash!
  • We wash our hands with soap (no need for antibacterial soap) in running water, rubbing for at least 20 seconds.
  • We wash our hands before eating.
  • We wash our hands after using the restroom.
  • We eat a well-balanced diet.  BTW, a good diet can not include sodas  ; )
  • We eat lots of garlic and onions.
* A side note: when we did get the flu (only one time the whole year!) we healed in a few hours following the treatment below.

Healing from gastro aka stomach flu

When we started feeling ‘yucky’ and got those bad stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting, we tackled the stomach bug right away.

First,I let my tummy rest – no food at all.  After all, who wants to eat right after vomiting?

Then, I took probiotics every couple of hours (I only ended up taking it three times that morning).  The diarrhea ceased but I still had cramping and a headache.

A headache meant I was dehydrated so I took plenty of water with a bit of baking soda to alkalinize my body so it can kill the bug. I had to do sips throughout the morning.

To get rid of the cramping, I took ginger tea.  No honey or sweeteners.  Trust me; the last thing you want to do is feed the bug with sugar!  I let it steep for at least 10 minutes.  The stronger… the better!

By the afternoon, I was able to eat a light lunch and had no symptoms; except, I was tired from a restless night. By dinner, I had soup and another ginger tea.  I took my next probiotic dose the following day.

Thanks to healing so quickly, I was able to care for the family.  Since I suspected they might be coming down with the flu; I gave them whole food vitamins and probiotics throughout the day.  The ones that took it had a stomachache but no other symptoms.  With the tea, the ache went away.  Viola!

To summarize:  I took probiotics, alkaline water, ginger tea.

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