When you have an upset stomach, gurgling, nausea, rumbling and icky tightness, the last thing you want to do is eat something. However, eating on an upset stomach may help alleviate your symptoms so long as you choose the right foods. Foods that hydrate, provide electrolytes, and help break down stomach acids and bile will make you feel better more quickly. Learn the best foods to eat on an upset stomach to feel better more quickly.
Bananas hands down are one of the best foods to put in your belly when everything seems to be coming back up. Perfect for upset tummies with diarrhea (a painful combo), the potassium levels and electrolytes in bananas help battle the dehydration in the body and provide energy, while the food is solid yet gentle enough to stay down. The banana helps absorb stomach acids to provide relief and prevent gases that further upset the tummy, and helps alleviate runny stools and make them less watery for better elimination.
Rice is a gentle yet filling food for an upset stomach. Best to eat it plain, but adding chicken stock for flavoring is a good way to introduce food to a queasy stomach. Rice is easy to digest, and will absorb stomach acids and gases, and help solidify stools with its fiber. Perfect for people getting over an upset stomach, and eaten plain a few bites can assist those with active stomach upset.
Crackers are a great stand-by. Plain saltines are best. Munching on these helps put an easily digestible substance in the body, and provide relief from all the gurgling. Perfect for morning sickness, car sickness, or stomach upset due to illness as they rapidly help absorb the stomach acids that make a belly really unsettled.
Drinking ginger tea will calm an upset stomach, as will peppermint. Ginger is a natural remedy for car sickness and morning sickness and works to quell a queasy belly. A cup of ginger or peppermint tea (peppermint is soothing on a raw belly) along with a few crackers can work wonders.
Chicken or vegetable broth is another great coating for the upset stomach. Avoid too much fats or salts, you want a very plain broth simply to introduce some nutrients into the body. Add a few crackers if possible to alleviate stomach upset, and if you throw up at least it won’t be just bile.
Avoid salts, caffeine, spicy foods, tomatoes and nuts, which are all hard to digest anyhow and will wreak havoc on your poor sick stomach if you eat them while ill. Stick with bland, filling foods instead, even as you begin to feel better.