We’ve all been there before…we take our kids to school and next thing we know we’re getting called to pick them up because they are sick. This was my exact fate today. I dropped my daughter off at school and she was fine. I came home, started getting a few things done and next thing I know my phone is chipping at me with text messages. My daughter’s teacher told me she had an upset stomach and wasn’t sure if she felt that way before school. I immediately go into mommy will save the world mode and say “I’m on my way!!” Before I even made it out the door I receive another text saying she’s throwing up.
By now I can only imagine how awful my daughter feels. Lets be real, who likes to throw up? None the less, who likes to throw up in a place other than your own house? Believe me, I know! From doing the same thing at school when I was a kid to all 3 of my pregnancies where I threw up multiple times a day for the entire pregnancy I know how awful it is to throw up elsewhere!
So…I grabbed a garbage can, change of clothes and told my boys to hurry up we had to go!! NOW!!! I arrived at school shortly after and she was laying on the “sick bed” with a blanket wrapped around her and her teacher standing by to comfort her.
As soon as I start to drive home she tells me in her little desperate voice that she wants me to stop and get Sprite to help her tummy. So of course I do – because my mom always had Sprite or 7Up for my siblings and I when we got sick. I got to thinking, drinking soda (or pop as I really call it) does work … but why? What is the magical powers of soda that helps calm an upset stomach?
After we got home and got everyone settled, my daughter drank some Sprite and then fell fast asleep. While she slept I got busy researching why does soda calm and upset stomach? I just had to know!
Why does soda calm an upset stomach?
- Ginger ale is good for your stomach mainly because of ginger root that is an ingredient in the ginger ale. Ginger helps to reduce nausea and vomiting
- The carbonation in soda can ease symptoms of indigestion
- The carbonation also makes you burp, which helps alleviate the gurgly grumbling tummy symptoms
I would suggest only sipping on a small glass of soda – don’t drink the entire bottle because the high sugar content will end up making you “crash” and feeling worse later on. Also, clear soda is a better option than dark soda.
If you start to become dehydrated you need to switch to a drink that is high in electrolytes. I recommend Shaklee’s Performance. It has been clinically proven to:
- Minimizes fluid loss for enhanced hydration
- Maintains blood-glucose levels to sustain intense energy output and to increase stamina
Stomach aches are never any fun. Not fun for the person who is sick and not fun for the person who is cleaning up the mess! So be prepared and make sure you keep fluids on hand to help alleviate the symptoms fast!
…in the time it has taken me to write this, my daughter has since woken up and the first thing she said was that she feels better and is ready to go back to school! So there;s your proof…it works!! 🙂
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