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There are few things worse than an upset stomach. A prolonged period of feeling nauseous, accompanied by vomiting, can really ruin your day – or week. It might be due to a stomach bug, it could be food poisoning, or you might just have a very sensitive stomach. Unfortunately, there is no real cure for stomach issues. However, you can eat your way to better tummy health.
Understanding the source of your tummy ache can help you prevent it in the future, or treat it now. If you find that oily or fatty foods will give you stomach issues and a familiar burning chest, then it is worth looking for heartburn relief options – to compliment your efforts. Check out the below foods to try to help settle your tummy while giving you energy to fight an upset stomach.
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If you have heard of the BRAT diet, that R stands for rice. Rice, along with other starchy foods like potatoes and oats, will help line the stomach. This will help ease digestion because starchy foods don’t sit in the stomach for long, and nor do they stimulate acid reflux. That acid reflux is going to make you feel worse, so aim for BRAT based foods.
But skip the chunky soup and ‘cream of’ soup. Ideally, here you should have broth only. The high salt content and the liquid can help to keep you hydrated. Salt, when it gets into the bloodstream, can help draw fluid in. Of course, if you have high blood pressure, you will need to go for low salt broth varieties. You’ll still get the liquid benefit here, though. It is important that if you cook your own soup to ensure that it has the lowest possible levels of fat, it can trigger more nausea and reflux.
Coconut water is very mild and is super hydrating. And while it might not be as magical as it has been reported in previous years, it will do the trick to soothe your tummy. It has a range of natural sugars, which will help provide calories when you’re not feeling very well. It is also very high in electrolytes and potassium. Coconut water has a nice amount of vitamin C too. All can contribute to settling your stomach and making you feel better overall.
Rice and crackers fall into the same carbohydrates category. Dry crackers are easy to digest, and you can take small bites through the day. Besides that, there’s not a lot in a cracker that can really impact you. That is why they are often recommended for pregnant women who are suffering from morning sickness. If you do not have high blood pressure, you can have a slightly salty cracker.
Applesauce is the A in the BRAT diet. It is also recommended for people who suffer from things like heartburn, sickness, diarrhea, and other stomach issues. Apple sauce is easy to digest, sweet, provides plenty of calories, and doesn’t take much effort to eat. The perfect food for helping recover from stomach issues.
This is the “B” in the brat diet (and FYI the T is for toast). Bananas have a starch called pectin that is good for the digestive tract. When you eat bananas, it can help with the absorption of water and electrolytes which can help make stool less watery (aka slow down diarrhea).
Treating your stomach gently during the times that you have nausea will help alleviate some of the symptoms, and should speed up your recovery.
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