What on Earth can relieve the discomfort of an upset stomach?
Upset stomach, nausea, and vomiting? Not fun. Before reaching for that pink liquid medicine, though, you might want to try out some healing foods first. No matter what causes the discomfort in your stomach, you likely have a single goal in mind — to feel better as quickly as possible!
There has to be something out there that can make an upset stomach feel better, right? Right! We’ve found some of the best foods you can consume to relieve the discomfort of an upset stomach.
Unfortunately, there is no cure-all for general stomach problems. Even if you seek out a doctor, you could be told to just ride out the discomfort. Not much of a treatment, huh? On the bright side, there are foods (yes, even if you can barely look at food) that can help alleviate tummy trouble discomfort. It’s about time you finally got back to feeling normal, so check out these 5 foods recommended by medical professionals to ease your upset stomach.
Do you go bananas for, well, bananas? This yellow, oblong fruit is filled to the brim with potassium, which can be super helpful if you’re dehydrated from vomiting or diarrhea. They’re also chock full of sugar and can restore calories if you haven’t been eating (or keeping down) much food. Bananas have been used for generations to soothe aching bellies. This isn’t recommended if you gag at the plain taste of bananas, though.
Crunching on crackers has long been recommended for women with morning sickness. Crackers are soothing, easily digestible, and according to some unofficial reports, can even absorb stomach acid. Whether you’re expecting and dealing with morning sickness or simply have general tummy troubles, a plain saltine could do the trick to settle your stomach. Just don’t eat a ton of them if you have high blood pressure.
Ah, soup. Grandma’s recipe for a healthy recovery from the common cold! We’re not talking about chicken noodle soup to relieve stomach ailments, though. Broth, however, can do wonders for alleviating an upset stomach. This salt-filled liquid can rehydrate you and is easily digested. Plus, you likely won’t experience nausea or reflux from slurping down brothy soup. If you have high blood pressure, you’ll likely want to look for low-salt varieties. You can still get the liquidy, thirst-quenching benefit without risking a salt overdose.
“Oats” you kidding me? Nope! It’s true that whole grains are highly nutritious and rich in soluble fiber. Consuming whole grain oats can aid digestion, help prevent constipation, and ease symptoms of an upset stomach. Not only can oats soothe current tummy troubles, but they are also helpful for preventing future intestinal issues. The soluble fiber in oats draws water into your digestive tract, and that’s what helps move food along. Ideally, you’ll want to consume about 20 t0 to 30 grams of total fiber per day — any more, though, and you might have the opposite effect. Yikes!
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Sometimes upset stomachs are the result of intestinal blockages (backed up pipes, anyone?), and dehydration is a leading cause of constipation. The solution? Drink! Well, specifically, you’ll want to drink water. If you can’t keep that down, try sipping on unsweetened drinks, such as tea, sparkling water, or maybe an occasional diet soda to keep things flowing. Remember, it’s important to consume an average of 8 cups of water per day to stay hydrated.
We hope you found at least one of these foods to be helpful, in the now or for the future. We love to hear what you have to say, so please leave a comment below. Let’s talk soon!