Norovirus – Natural Ways To Treat The Winter Vomiting Bug
Norovirus is also commonly known as the Winter Vomiting Bug and tends to strike in the winter months, leaving people sick and bed bound for a number of days.
As winter prepares to hit, the winter vomiting bug will more than likely be doing the rounds again. It is also known as norovirus, and causes vomiting and diarrhoea. Although it normally goes away by itself, it can be very unpleasant and make you feel quite unwell. The good news is that it normally only lasts a couple of days, and there are certain things that you can do, which will make you feel more comfortable. Although the main symptoms of norovirus are feeling sick, being sick, and diarrhoea; it is not unusual to also have; a high temperature, a headache and aching arms and legs.
The important thing to remember though is that norovirus is highly contagious, and poor hygiene practices will allow the virus to spread very quickly. Among the most common ways to catch the virus, include; having close contact with someone with norovirus; touching surfaces or objects that have been touched by someone who has norovirus; or eating food that has been prepared or handled by someone with norovirus. It is really important to note as well, that alcohol hand gels, that many of us carry around with us do not kill norovirus.
Thankfully though there are a number of steps we can take at home to ease our recovery if we do catch norovirus.
Ensure that you get rest:
Bed rest really is one of the best forms of treatment for norovirus. Having both diarrhoea and vomiting, can leave you feeling very weak and wobbly, and therefore, you should be trying to stay off your feet.
By not leaving your house/bed, you will limit the spread of the virus and give your body the time it needs to properly recover.
Ensure you are drinking electrolyte drinks:
There is no denying that when you are suffering from norovirus, you will be losing a lot of fluid, and it will be very easy to become dehydrated. Although you can purchase a lot of electrolyte sachets from supermarkets, or chemists, it is just as easy to make your own at home.
Simply, dissolve five teaspoons of sugar into a glass of water, before adding a pinch of salt and then stirring well. Add lemon juice to taste, and keep sipping this drink over the day to help replace any lost fluids and minerals. Drink this alongside plain water to ensure you are adequately hydrated.
Use an ice pack:
Both diarrhoea and vomiting, can leave both your throat and stomach feeling very sore. However, you can ease some of this discomfort by applying an ice pack to your stomach and neck.
On top of this, the ice pack will actually help to provide you with some relief from the constant vomiting; however, it is important that you do not leave the ice pack on for longer than 20 minutes at a time.
Baking soda is a popular ingredient in natural therapies, and is well known for its anti bacterial properties. It is effective at easing infections, such as the norovirus, so will ensure that you feel better in less time.
Simply mix a pinch of baking soda into a glass of water, and sip this periodically to soothe the gastrointestinal tract. This will provide you will relief from your symptoms.
We all know how effective chamomile is at relaxing people, but it also has great anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, as well as acting like a gentle sedative, which can be really beneficial if you are feeling rather unpleasant.
The easiest way to get relief is to drink the chamomile tea. If you do not like chamomile, ragweed tea can have the same effect; however, this should be used with caution.
Mint has long been used to treat stomach ailments. This is because it has great antimicrobial properties which can then help to relax you. On top of this it is an antispasmodic, and can help relax you, which will provide you with some relief from the uncomfortable symptoms of norovirus.
Again, just like chamomile, the easiest way to consume mint is to make a mild mint tea, and slowly sip it to ease the symptoms. Add a teaspoon of honey, which is also full of antibacterial properties, and will make the tea taste great as well.
Whilst lemon might be the last thing that you want to eat when you have an upset stomach, it is actually very good at helping to fight stomach bugs.
The easiest way to do this, is to try drinking just one teaspoon of fresh lemon juice that has been added to a glass of water. This can help to eliminate the pathogens, which are responsible for causing your upset stomach. On top of this, lemons are a great source of vitamin C as well, which will help to boost your immunity, allowing your body to fight off the symptoms of stomach bugs and norovirus much more effectively.
Research has suggested that both ripe and unripe bananas are really effective at helping to stop diarrhoea in its tracks.
They are well known for being incredibly easy to digest, and will help to provide your body with vital magnesium and potassium, which are required to maintain the electrolyte balance in your body, and help to ensure that your heart is functioning as it should.