Last week Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy ran out of Prilosec. Instead of immediately going to the store to get more –as I should have done – I decided that I would ride it out through the weekend and get my medicines once I was back in a commercial part of town during the week.
How much harm could possibly come from skipping a few days of my stomach protection medication, I thought? Well, I learned that the answer was more harm was done than I could have imagined. (The fact that I also started taking my anti-inflammatory medication twice a day, up from the previous once a day, didn’t help either.)
If Superman is the superhero with abs of steel, Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy is the superhero with a stomach that seems to be made of tissue paper.
After being woken up in the middle of the night with heartburn, and experiencing an upset stomach during the day, I decided that I needed to complement my Prilosec with two additional home remedies that have proven helpful when I my stomach has gone out of whack in the past due to the NSAIDS and other rheumatoid arthritis pills that I take on a daily basis.
Maizena Corn Starch Power Drink
1 tablespoon corn starch dissolved in cold water
1 cup water or apple juice
Directions: Warm up the water or apple juice in a small saucepan. Add the corn starch that has been dissolved in water. Stir constantly until hot. Serve immediately and drink with a spoon.
This is a wonderful method of soothing an upset stomach, which I often use when I wake up in the morning. If I use water instead of apple juice, I will throw in a cinnamon stick while the water boils and finish with a spoonful of honey in order to add a little flavor and sweetness.
2 tablespoons whole flax seed
1 cup water
Directions: Boil water and flax seed in a small saucepan for about 5 minutes, until the liquid becomes thick and cloudy. Pass the liquid through a strainer to remove the flax seeds (it will have a phlegm-like consistency.) Drink warm.
I often use this method during the evenings, before I go to sleep. Sometimes I will add a bag of anise or chamomile tea to the water while it is boiling in order to add a little flavor.
When I drink the above two items on a daily basis in addition to Prilosec, my stomach often seems to get much better in almost no time! Do you have any other home remedies for stomach protection that you can share?
Looking for an alcohol-free drink that not only tastes good but that is healthy for you as well? Try the Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy Mocktail!
Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!