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! A lot of the time there is not much you can do but wait for the feeling/virus to pass. However, there are a few types of foods you can eat to help settle your stomach.
Here are my top foods to ease an upset stomach:
Bananas are great to eat when you are feeling super nauseous or unwell because they are easily digestible. They also contain pectin, which helps to firm up your stool if you are experiencing diarrhea.
If you are vomiting or have 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.
Another great fruit to eat when you are feeling nauseous or unwell 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.
Whilst certain types of dairy can prove to be a source of some people’s discomfort, 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.
6. Bland Foods Like Rice, Potatoes & Toast
If your stomach hurts because you have a virus or have been going to the toilet, eating bland and starchy foods such as rice, potatoes and toast can really help. These types of foods don't put any added stress onto your digestive system if it’s feeling a little sensitive. They can also help to ease symptoms such as diarrhea by absorbing excess fluids and hardening your stool.
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.
Love, Kayla xx