How to treat Sour Stomach

How to treat Sour Stomach

I was really excited to go the get-together party where I would meet my good old friends!

Friends, fun and food …the three indulging things of that afternoon.

Friends came, we chatted, had fun, went down the memory lane … and so many things were there to make me happy. I was overwhelmed with joy and happiness.

When I remember that Sunday, the first thing that comes to my mind is the yummy food, but along with that comes the horrible experience.

The afternoon was quiet enjoyable but as the time passed I started feeling uneasy. I felt as if my belly had bloated unnaturally and I was belching from time to time. I just could not sit there. So I came back home immediately leaving the party in the middle.

Do you know what it was for which I was feeling uneasy with bloating belching? Yes, you guessed it right, it was the issue of sour stomach.


What Is a Sour Stomach

Sour stomach is a common condition, which occurs to almost everybody irrespective of their age. The issue of sour stomach, which generally associated with the upper gastro intestine, occurs due to the indigestion of the food we eat. It is also known as acid indigestion. Upset stomach and acid reflux are the two common terms that are associated with the sour stomach.

Causes of Sour Stomach

Sour stomach, which is often related to digestive problems occurs due to various reasons. Some of the main causes of sour stomach are:

  • Overeating
  • Eating spicy food
  • Eating large meals
  • Eating spoiled food
  • Excessive alcohol or carbonated beverage consumption
  • Eating the food fast and without chewing it
  • Sleeping on the stomach immediately after taking food
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Infection in the GI track
  • A recurrent sour stomach may be caused due to chronic conditions like gastritis, peptic ulcer etc.

Symptoms of Sour Stomach

A person suffering from sour stomach experiences many symptoms. The common symptoms of the sour stomach are:

  • Bloated stomach
  • Heartburn
  • Frequent belching
  • Nausea
  • Pain in the abdomen and stomach
  • Bad taste in the mouth

Home Remedies for Sour Stomach

There are many sour stomach remedies that you can use to treat as well as get relief from the uneasiness and the symptoms of the sour stomach. These home remedies for sour stomach are not only effective but also are easy to follow. The most important thing about using home remedies to treat various health issues is that these natural remedies do not cause any side effects and at the same time do not burn a whole in your pocket.

So let’s go through the home remedies for sour stomach that are mentioned below.

Carrot to Treat Sour Stomach

Carrot juice boosts the capacity of the stomach to digest the food properly. This super food carrot heals the sour stomach and helps to get the stomach better.

Ingredients:

  • Medium size carrot- 2 to 3
  • Ripe banana
  • Water – ½ cup
  • A blender

Process:

  1. Clean the carrots with water and cut them into small pieces.
  2. Peel the banana and cut to make pieces.
  3. In the blender take the carrot and banana pieces and add ½ cup of water to it.
  4. Blend the carrot and banana pieces to make a smoothie.
  5. Drink it to treat the sour stomach.

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Milk and Honey for the Sour Stomach

While experiencing the sour stomach issue, you can also drink milk to get relief from it. It helps to coat the stomach lining and reduces the sour belches. The honey in this remedy will offer a soothing effect to the stomach by coating the stomach lining. In addition to that it also helps to remove the bad bacteria that cause sour stomach.

Ingredients:

  • Warm milk – 1 glass
  • Honey -  2 tsp

Process:

  1. Take 1 glass of warm milk and 2 tsp of honey to it.
  2. Stir the ingredients well and drink it.
  3. Use this home remedy to get instant relief from the sour stomach issue.

Lemon to Get Rid of Sour Stomach

Here lemon clears the misconception about itself. People often believe that due to the acidic nature of lemon, it cannot treat the sour stomach, but the fact is that it’s very acidic nature helps to generate  alkaline residues in the body. This process in turn regularizes the pH balance of the body, thus treats sour stomach effectively.

Ingredients:

  • Lemon – 1
  • Water – 1 glass

Process:

  1. Take 1 glass of water.
  2. Cut the lemon into half and squeeze the juices into the water in the glass.
  3. Stir it well and drink it to get relief from the sour stomach.
  4. You will get relief from belching as well as uneasiness 30 minutes after taking this drink.

Fennel Seeds

The use of fennel seeds effectively treats sour stomach by reducing the symptoms like abdominal bloating and stomach cramps.  Its use offers relief from the cramps in the intestinal muscles. It also helps to pass out the gas from the GI track.

Ingredients:

  • Fennel seeds – 1 tbsp
  • Hot water – 1 cup

Process:

  1. Take 1 cup of hot water and add 1 tbsp of fennel seeds to it.
  2. Leave it for 5 minutes, and then strain the liquid.
  3. Drink it on an empty stomach to prevent it from occurring again.
  4. 4.      You can follow this remedy if you are experiencing this condition frequently.

How to Treat Sour Stomach with Ginger

The consumption of ginger activates the GI track, which in turn produces more digestive enzymes, that aids the digestive process. In addition to that ginger also helps to reduce gas formation in the stomach due to the indigestion of the food. The anti-inflammatory property of ginger offers a calming effect to the stomach.

Method 1: Ginger and Hot Water for Sour Stomach

Ingredients:

  • Grated ginger – ½ tsp
  • Hot water – 1 glass

Process:

  1. Take 1 glass of water and add ½ tsp of ginger to it.
  2. Wait for 5 – 10 minutes.
  3. Strain the liquid and drink it.
  4. Drinking this concoction while suffering from sour stomach will give an immediate result.

Method 2: Ginger and Lemon Juice for Sour Stomach

Ingredients:

  • Ginger – 2 to 3 inches
  • Water – ½ cup
  • Black salt – a pinch
  • Lemon juice – 1 tsp

Process:

  1. Clean the ginger properly in water and crush it to extract its juice.
  2. Take  ½ cup of water, and add the ginger juice, lemon juice, and salt to it.
  3. 3.      Stir all the ingredients well and drink it to get quick relief from sour stomach.

Caraway Seed Tea for Sour Stomach

Caraway seed stimulates the stomach action and checks the formation of gas in the stomach due to indigestion of food. Its consumption also treats belching and uneasiness that you experience due to the sour stomach.

Ingredients:

  • Boiling Water – 2 cups
  • Caraway seeds: 1/ 2 tsp

Process:

  1. Take  2 cups of boiling water in a glass and add caraway seeds to it.
  2. Cover the glass with a small plate and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Strain the liquid and drink it.
  4. Taking this twice a day on an empty stomach will reduce stomach bloating and the associated pain.
  5. You can also chew few caraway seeds to treat this stomach condition if you do not want to make a tea of it.

Cinnamon Tea to Get Rid of Sour Stomach

The use of cinnamon tea calms the sour stomach by providing a soothing effect to it. The carminative property of cinnamon helps to break up the intestinal gas. According to many studies, cinnamon can also be used to get relief from the abdominal bloating, one of the main symptoms of sour stomach.

Ingredients:

  • Boiling water – 2 cups
  • Cinnamon powder: 1/ 2 tsp

Process

  1. Take 2 cups of boiling water in a glass and add 1/ 2 tsp of cinnamon powder to it.
  2. Cover the glass with a small plate and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Strain the liquid and drink it when it becomes cool.
  4. Follow this remedy twice a day to get rid of sour stomach.

Mint Tea for Sour Stomach

Mint is another effective remedy that can treat sour stomach. Mint has menthol in it, which offers a soothing as well as a cooling effect to the sour stomach. It also calms down the muscles of the digestive system. So its use can effectively reduce the symptoms of sour stomach.

Ingredients:

  • Hot water – 1 cup
  • Dried mint leaves – 1 tsp

Process

  1. Take 1 cup of hot water and add 1 tsp of dried mint leaves to it.
  2. Now cover the liquid and let the mint leaves steep in the water for 10 minutes.
  3. Strain the tea and drink it warm.
  4. Drink this 2 to 3 times a day to treat as well as soothe your sour stomach.

Yogurt and Cumin Seed for Sour Stomach

Yogurt is a probiotic food, that can be used to calm the sour stomach. However, you have to choose the yogurt that has active cultures, the one that contains Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. These live bacteria help to regulate the good bacteria count in your stomach, which helps to treat the sour stomach by minimizing its symptoms.

The compound named as cuminaldehyde in cumin seeds helps to secrete saliva, which helps in proper digestion of food. Apart from that it also contains another compound called thymol, which  will activate gastric secretion, thus will enhance digestion. It will help to get rid of sour stomach effectively.

  • Yogurt – 1 bowl
  • Crushed cumin-  a pinch
  • Salt – a pinch

Process:

  1. Take 1 bowl of yogurt and add the crushed cumin and salt to it.
  2. Mix all the ingredients well and have it.
  3. Consume it at least once in a day to treat sour stomach.
  4. Apart from that you can also have 1 bowl of yogurt in your breakfast, lunch and dinner to prevent this condition.

How to Treat Sour Stomach with Baking Soda

Baking soda acts as an excellent antacid with pH of 8.4.  Its use controls the excessive production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. The combination of this acid with baking soda creates a chemical reaction that helps neutralize the effect of acid in the stomach. So its use soothes the stomach and gives relief from the pain and uneasiness of sour stomach.

Additionally it breaks down the fatty substance of the food and helps in the proper digestion of the food, thus checks sour stomach.

Method 1: Baking Soda and Vinegar

Ingredients:

  • Baking soda – 1/2 tsp
  • Vinegar – 1 tsp
  • Water – 3/4 glass

Process

  1. Take ¾ glass of water and add both the baking soda and vinegar to it.
  2. Stir well to dissolve the baking soda well.
  3. 3.      Drink this solution to get rid of sour stomach

Method 2: Baking Soda and Lemon Juice for Sour Stomach

  • Lemon juice – 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Baking soda – ½ tsp
  • Water – ¾ glass
  • Honey – ½ tsp

Process:

  1. Take ¾ glass of water and add both baking soda and lemon juice to it.
  2. Stir well to dissolve the baking soda well, and now add the honey and mix well.
  3. 3.      Drink this solution immediately to calm your sour stomach.

Method 3:   Baking Soda and Peppermint for Sour Stomach

Ingredients:

  • Baking soda- ½ tsp
  • Dry peppermint leaves – 1 tsp
  • Water ½ cup
  • Lemon juice – 1 tsp

Process:

  1. Take the water and add the dry peppermint leaves and lemon juice to it.
  2. Add baking soda to it and stir well.
  3. Drink it immediately to get instant relief from the uneasiness of the sour stomach.

Potato Juice to Treat Sour Stomach

If you are suffering from sour stomach then taking potato juice can help you give relief from the pain, bloating and uneasiness, the main symptoms of sour stomach.

Ingredients:

  • Medium sized potato – 1
  • Water – ¾ cup
  • Lemon juice (optional) -1 to 2 tsp
  • Honey (optional) – 1 to 2 teaspoons

Process:

  1. Peel the potato and cut it into small pieces.
  2. Grind the potato to extract its juice.
  3. Add water to the potato juice and mix well.
  4. Drink the potato juice to cure sour stomach
  5. Drink this juice everyday morning on an empty stomach to prevent sour stomach.
  6. 6.       You can also add honey as well as lemon juice to make the juice tasty.

Rice Water to Get Rid of Sour Stomach

The consumption of rice water also helps treat sour stomach by reducing the inflammation in the stomach. It creates a soothing layer over the stomach lining, thus reduces the pain and irritation related to sour stomach.

Ingredients:

  • Rice – ½ cup
  • Water – 6 cups
  • Honey (optional) – 1 to 2 tsp

Process:

  1. Clean the rice with water.
  2. Take 6 cups of water in a container and boil it.
  3. When the water starts boiling, add rice to it.
  4. Cover it with a lid and allow it to cook for 20 minutes or till the rice becomes tender.
  5. Strain the rice and keep the liquid aside to become cool.
  6. Later add honey to it for taste.
  7. 7.       Drink this rice water warm to get relief from the sour stomach.

Other Quick Remedies to Get rid of Sour Stomach

Banana: You can have a banana while to reduce the sour stomach symptoms. Banana is a rich source of potassium, which works as an antacid and neutralizes the pH of the stomach, thus reduces the symptoms of sour stomach effectively. The fibre content of banana also reduces the irritation in the stomach. 


Apples or Applesauce: Apple is a rich source of a plant nutrient called polyphenols, which protects the inside lining of the stomach (it is known as gastric mucosa). The fiber content of apple also helps the easy digestion of food, thus eating an apple every day will help prevent sour stomach effectively.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Its use treats sour stomach effectively. The pectin concentration of apple cider vinegar offers a soothing effect to the irritated stomach.   You can add 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink it to treat sour stomach.

Asafoetida: Its consumption also offers a healing effect to the sour stomach. Take 1 glass of warm milk and add ½ tsp of asafoetida powder to it, and drink to get rid of sour stomach. You can also add to your food while cooking to prevent sour stomach.

Aniseed: Aniseed helps to regularize the digestive system, thus can treat sour stomach effectively. Soak 1 tsp of aniseed in 1 cup of water overnight. Next morning, strain it and drink the water to prevent sour stomach.

Papaya: Loaded with digestive enzymes called papain and chymopapain, papaya easily treats the sour stomach symptoms. Eat few papaya pieces in a day to relieve the pain as well as prevent sour stomach.

Aloe Vera Juice:  It is rich in  anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which helps to reduce the symptoms of sour stomach, such as  bloating, nausea, and mild stomach ache completely.

Artichoke Leaves: Enriched with plant nutrients, artichokes leaves helps to trrat indigestion problem, one of the main causes of sour stomach.

White or Brown Rice: It is a rich source of carbohydrate, which also helps in the easy digestion of the food, thus helps to treat sour stomach properly. Apart from that its consumption also prevents sour stomach effectively.

Green Tea: You can also get relief from sour stomach issue by taking a cup of green tea everyday in the morning. It will provide a soothing effect to the stomach by reducing the acidity level in the stomach.

Dry Spice Mixture: You can get relief by taking 1 tbsp dry spices mixture (fennel, coriander  and cumin seeds) in 1 glass of lukewarm water after the meals.

How to Prevent Sour Stomach

It is always wise to prevent the disease from occurring in the first place. Along with the remedies if you follow the tips, you can treat the disease as well as prevent it from occurring again. The preventive measures are more useful for the people who suffer from this disease frequently with symptoms like abdominal bloating, belching, uneasiness, etc.

  • Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water per day as it will help to digest the food.
  • Eat light food with high fiber content.
  • Have a balanced diet and avoid consuming spicy, salty and fried food.
  • Eat your food by chewing it properly.
  • Eat small meals and have sufficient gap between the meals.
  • Do  not go to sleep immediately after the meals. Go for half an hour walking after the meals.
  • Avoid taking carbonated drinks, caffeine and  carbonated drinks.
  • Quit smoking and tobacco consumption.
  • Perform exercises every day to keep yourself fit and active.
  • Practice yoga to keep stress and anxiety at bay because sometimes sour stomach occurs due to these.

So now you know how to treat sour stomach with home remedies. So go for the home remedies and go healthy!

After following the home remedies for sour stomach as well as the preventive tips for it, if you still suffer from frequent sour stomach issue for more than two weeks, then consult  a doctor to know the underlying causes of it.

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