The Best Foods To Ease An Upset Stomach
The Best Foods To Ease An Upset Stomach
I’m sure we have all had an upset stomach at some stage, whether it be because of a virus, nausea or just generally feeling lousy. When you feel like this there is only one thing on your mind — feeling better!
Unfortunately, in many cases there isn’t much you can do but wait for the feeling to pass. In that time, you need to try and eat foods for an upset stomach — not foods that may make your tummy feel worse.
Even though you might not feel much like eating, you need to eat something to keep your strength up. What better way to do that than to eat foods that can ease an upset stomach as well?
Here are my top foods for an upset stomach:
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Bananas are great to eat when you are feeling nauseated or unwell because they are easily digestible. When your tummy is hurting, bananas are a source of potassium, which is one of the nutrients that your body can lose through vomiting and diarrhoea.
Bananas also contain pectin, which can help to firm up your stool if you are experiencing diarrhoea.
If you are vomiting or dealing with bad nausea, have some fresh ginger! I know ginger can be quite a strong taste for some people, so my recommendation is to boil a cup of water, put some freshly sliced ginger in it and add a squeeze of lemon juice or honey, which can help to mask the flavour.
Alternatively, herbal tea with ginger can also help ease a sore stomach!
Ginger can be so helpful for boosting the immune system, so try to include it in your diet regularly! Add some to broth-based soups, like chicken soup, for a rehydrating, inflammation-fighting dish.
Another great fruit to eat with an upset stomach is papaya (or as we sometimes call it in Australia, paw paw). Papaya is a rich source of proteolytic enzymes, which can help the digestive process. Some of these enzymes such as papain and chymopapain can also help break down proteins and soothe the stomach by promoting a healthy acidic environment.
Mint is great to ease an upset stomach, especially if you have eaten too much or are feeling a bit bloated. Add some freshly torn leaves in a glass of water or brew a peppermint tea to help ease your upset stomach. I should point out, if you’re dealing with reflux, mint might not be the best choice. Stick to some of the other remedy foods on this list instead.
While certain types of dairy can be a source of discomfort for some people, having some all-natural yoghurt when feeling nauseous can help to restore balance in your stomach. It is important to choose a plain yoghurt that still contains live/active cultures, as these can help to restore the good bacteria in your gut. The good bacteria can help aid your digestion too.
6. Bland foods such as rice, potatoes and toast
If your stomach hurts because you have a virus or have been going to the toilet a lot, eating bland and starchy foods can really help. Rice, potatoes and toast are good because they don't put any added stress on your digestive system if it’s feeling a little sensitive.
They can also help to ease symptoms such as diarrhoea by absorbing excess fluids and hardening your stool.
To ease an upset stomach, try eating fennel! While it has a strong taste, fennel can help to relax the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and aid digestion. You can either eat a few fennel seeds or try popping some sliced fennel onto a couple of plain crackers with a pinch of sea salt.
When you’re feeling queasy, a bowl of plain oats can be really comforting. Your body needs carbohydrates to function, so having some slow-releasing carbohydrates in your system will help you keep your strength up.
Try sprinkling a little cinnamon on top of your oats too — cinnamon can help to break up gas bubbles.
Settling an upset stomach
Now you know what foods to eat with an upset stomach! Just remember not to force yourself to eat all of these foods if you aren’t feeling up to it. I tend to stick with either a banana or a herbal tea with ginger and some toast when my stomach has been hurting or I feel unwell. Do what works for you!
Don’t forget to stay hydrated when feeling sick or nauseous, girls! If you have a wheat bag, I find this can really help ease the symptoms as well.
If you are still feeling nauseated after a few days, best to head off to your doctor.
Love, Kayla xx
* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.