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Tummy Troubles? Try These Soothing Drinks

As the warm weather slips away,  cold and flu season creeps up - often without warning. Sure enough,  we find ourselves laid up in bed running a hellish fever and miserable as a grumpy old man.

The most common piece of advice for feeling crappy with a cold and funky from the flu is plenty of rest and lots of fluids. So sip on one of our top 5 home remedies for a sensitive stomach:

Apple Cider Vinegar Tea

Apple Cider vinegar is one of the most common ingredients in many home remedy recipes - it has been used to treat acne, to strengthen hair and even to cure the hiccups.

Use this simple recipe to treat your troubled tummy in as little time as it takes to broil water.

Directions:

Mix one Tbsp. of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of warm water and 1 tsp. of honey.

Drink slowly and relax.

Ginger Ale Tea

Whenever I had an upset stomach, my mother would hand me a can of ginger ale and a stack of soda crackers. The most common treatment for upset tummies is ginger, it promotes blood circulation and reduces inflammation. Try this simple tea with some crackers, next time you're feeling queasy.

Directions:

Bring to boil one can of ginger ale, stirring constantly until all of the bubbles have evaporated. Remove from heat and steep 1 tea bag (I like green tea) for 1-2 minutes.

Drink and enjoy!

Carrot and Mint "Juice"

Especially good for flu sufferers, this drink both replenishes any lost nutrients and soothes a weary stomach. Add a dash of lemon and a little zest of ginger for an extra boost and flavor.

Directions:

Boil four sliced carrots, four cups of water, and one teaspoon of dried peppermint or one peppermint teabag.

Turn the heat to medium-low and cook about 15 minutes or until carrots are soft.

If you're using a teabag, remove it, then blend the mixture until smooth.

Rice Tea

Rice puts the R in the BRAT (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast) solution to upset stomachs. If you have diarrhea, then rice is more than nice. Not only is it gentle on your sensitive digestive system, but it will make things a little more solid on their way out. You can find Japanese genmaicha (popcorn) tea at most Asian grocery stores.

If you require something a little more... solidifying, cook up some rice and mix it in with a little apple sauce for flavor. Snack on this while you sip your tea.

Directions:

Start by bringing your tea water to a boil. Then place the rice inside of the pot, turn off the heat, and cover the pot with a lid. Steep this mixture for a few minutes and then add the green tea leaves for three more minutes. If you don't have loose leaf, you can use a tea bag as well, just steep that according to your taste preference. Once brewing is complete, strain the tea and serve.

Fennel Tea

Besides tasting great on fish dishes, this little seed helps with heartburn, bloating, and loss of appetite. Fennel enhances regularity and is a good source of fiber.

Directions:

Crush about 1 tsp of fennel seeds into a powder. the seed into a powder. While your tea water boils, pour the crushed fennel into your mug.  Pour 1 cup boiling water over the crushed seeds and steep for seven to 10 minutes. Filter out the seeds if you like and drink slowly.

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