Only a few days before last Sunday’s NFC championship game against the San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning cut his practice short due to a stomach bug. And now, with his team on the way to the Super Bowl on February 5, both Eli and his fans hope he stays healthy for the big game. For tips on how to prevent and treat a stomach bug, Eli may want to watch this recent segment of ABC News’ “Healthy Living,” featuring Dr. Alert Levy, assistant professor of medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and founder of Manhattan Family Practice.
According to Dr. Levy, the stomach flu is “very, very common,” and several of its symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps, are different than normal flu-like symptoms. If you do catch the stomach flu, Dr. Levy suggests avoiding sugars and unsweetened foods, taking turmeric or ginger to help with the nausea, and eating small quantities of banana, apple, potato and bread. There are also some homeopathic medicines, such as Arsenicum album and Nux vomica, which may help relieve some of your symptoms. And most importantly, says Dr. Levy, “stay home and stay hydrated. Respect your body.”
Boiron pharmacist Dr. Christophe Merville also recommends Arsenicum album 30C for relieving diarrhea, chills, abdominal cramps and nausea as well as other homeopathic medicines: Eupatorium 6C for fever and muscle & body aches; Podophyllum 30C for painful diarrhea in the morning; Colocynthis 6C for cramps improved by bending over; and Ipecac 6C for nausea & vomiting with hypersalivation and painful heaving.
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