Few conditions are less enjoyable than the flu, particularly when it involves a great deal of nausea and vomiting. Flu nausea often arises from an upset stomach, and since stomach flu and similar illnesses are often caused by viral infection, there’s little that medication can do. However, a few home remedies can help mitigate the worst of the nausea while you wait for the flu bug to pass.
Ginger and Peppermint
Both ginger and peppermint act to soothe the stomach. Herbal teas are available in both flavors, which allow them to go down easily.
Soft drinks like 7-Up and ginger ale provide carbonation which helps calm the stomach. Avoid caffeinated sodas, however: they’re diuretics and will dehydrate you.
Water and Ice Chips
Water is very important when you are nauseous because you lose fluids whenever you vomit. Suck on ice chips if you can’t handle water.
Any food taken while suffering from flu nausea is apt to be vomited up. Go slowly and stick with very bland foods when you feel you’re ready to eat.
Easy Does It
When swallowing anything as a cure for flu nausea, take small, frequent sips rather than big gulps. It will help you absorb the remedy without throwing it back up.