Have you ever wanted to whip up a GI cocktail to soothe your stomach ailments but were afraid you didn’t have the right ingredients or scientific know-how? Well, fear no more! In this guide, we’ll be walking you through the process of making your very own GI cocktail, right in the comfort of your home.
We’ll also go over some of the side effects of the medications used in this recipe, so make sure to check with your doctor before using any of these ingredients.
That being said, let’s get started! Read on for an easy step-by-step guide on how to make a GI cocktail at home.
Common Ingredients in a Gastrointestinal Cocktail
Making your own gastrointestinal cocktail at home is easier than you may think! All you need are a few basic ingredients that are readily available and easy to find at your local pharmacy.
The cocktail ingredients include:
These are over-the-counter medications that are administered orally to treat minor symptoms.
They are used to reduce the acid in your stomach.
Not only that these are also used to treat symptoms like heartburn, indigestion, or any other stomach discomforts.
However, this medication is not for eradicating ulcer-causing bacteria.
You can use Mylanta or Maalox for an antacid in your GI cocktail.
Lidocaine is a drug used as a local anesthetic.
By suppressing the signals at the skin’s nerve endings, this medication reduces pain.
These drugs do not result in unconsciousness as general anesthetics do.
However, these are not over-the-counter drugs, you’ll need your doctor’s prescription to buy these.
lidocaine is generally used for:
- numb tissues
- implementing nerve blocks
- ventricular tachycardia treatment
- Reduce hemorrhage
These drugs inhibit and block acetylcholine activity in the central and peripheral nervous system, which is a neurotransmitter.
They do this by specifically preventing acetylcholine from attaching to the receptors on nerve cells, hence inhibiting parasympathetic nerve impulses.
As nerve fibers cause the involuntary movement of the smooth muscles, these drugs help in preventing involuntary movements.
They also regulate the nerve cells in the gastrointestinal tract and help treat diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and peptic ulcer.
Donnatal is an easily available over-the-counter anticholinergic drug.
Preparing GI cocktail
A GI cocktail is very easy to prepare on your own once you have all the drugs mentioned above.
Steps to prepare the GI cocktail:
- Take out equal parts of Maalox/ Mylanta, Lidocaine, and Donnatal.
- Mix them together and you are done.
This GI cocktail will definitely help you lessen indigestion and other digestive system complaints that you might have.
There are other different GI cocktail recipes, though, that can be used to treat particular symptoms.
For heartburn and indigestion
Mix 1oz of Maalox, Mylanta, and lidocaine each, and 8oz of water together.
For dyspepsia (indigestion)
Another GI cocktail used to treat indigestion is “The Green Goddess.”
To make this mix 10ml of each Mylanta, Donnatal, and viscous lidocaine.
Risks involving GI cocktails
While GI cocktails are known to relieve indigestion and other GI symptoms, there is a high chance that they could also have negative side effects if not used moderately.
As this cocktail involves drugs, it should not be overused and it is better to consult your doctors if you have continuous Gastrointestinal issues.
Every ingredient utilized in the cocktail has the potential to cause some side effects.
Some side effects of each drug are:
- Stomach cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
- Kidney stones (from long-term use)
- Tingling or numbness
- Twitching of muscles
- Irregular heart rate
- Blurred or double vision
- Blurred vision
- Urinary retention
- Dry mouth
- Increased heart rate
Home Remedies To Soothe Gastrointestinal Problems
As the drug version of the GI cocktail can cause many side effects, and long-term use of those drugs may lead to life-threatening symptoms, we have collected some home remedies that can give you the same benefits as the GI cocktail (and not the side effect).
Known for its relaxing effects, menthol in peppermint helps reduce abdominal tension and can aid in digestion.
You can use it in tea, chew on its leave, use its oil or even have some peppermint candy or gum, whatever suits your taste.
A powerful spice, been used in medicine since ancient times and is loved by our elders.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is used to treat nausea, upset stomachs, and other digestive issues.
The best way to relieve stomach pain is to consume fresh ginger root, but you can also use ginger-flavored sweets or ginger tea.
3. Cayenne Pepper
A common spice that helps to stimulate blood flow in the intestines and increase the production of digestive enzymes, hence aiding in digestion.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
A natural remedy for many ailments, apple cider vinegar helps regulate stomach acid levels and aids in digestion.
It is advisable to drink 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar for stomach problems, however, you can also mix it in a glass of water with some honey.
5. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile has a long history of use as a sleep aid, but it also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help stomach muscles unwind and ease cramping and spasm pain.
Take this before going to bed as this will make you sleepy too.
Making a home-based gastrointestinal cocktail is a surprisingly easy and effective way to improve digestive health.
To address particular symptoms, there are many different GI cocktail recipes available.
However, it is to be remembered that drugs used in these GI cocktails can also cause side effects and are not suitable for everyone.
So, before you try these recipes at home by yourself make sure to consult your doctor.
Prior to using GI cocktails, you can also try some home remedies because they use natural ingredients that are generally safe and effective for most people.
Word of advice: if you suffer from Heartburn and indigestion occasionally, it is normal.
However, if you are frequently experiencing these symptoms, there is a chance that you have an underlying condition that needs to be treated.