5 Foods to Ease an Upset Stomach
Whether you had a stomach flu or simply ate something bad, your organism will not respond quite well to certain types of food. During this period you might experience nausea, vomiting and diarrhea and it is recommend altering your diet, at least until your organism stabilizes and starts digesting foods normally. But before you condemn yourself solely to toast and crackers, you should try implementing these few foods into your diet plan, as they are known to be some of the best stomach soothers:
Bananas are known to be natural antacids, meaning they contain vital nutrients which can normalize the stomach acids and firm the bowel movements. Because they are so rich in fiber, pectin, potassium and vitamins, they can be easily digested and actually serve as a great energy booster, which is another plus, as stomach problems are known to drain your energy and leave you feeling exhausted. This is why bananas are generally recommended as breakfast foods or pre and post-workout snacks.
Fruits are known to be generally quite healthy because they are so rich in vitamins, but it is a well-known fact that they should be avoided during stomach issues, because their acidic levels could harm the stomach flora even further. But every rule has its exception and in this case the exception comes in the tasty form of the tropical papayas. Papayas are known to be quite rich in papain, an enzyme that aids with digestion. These enzymes help break proteins and create a stable acidic environment. This is also why papayas come in many supplement forms and are used to treat stomach ulcers, certain allergies and even some sports injuries.
In the last couple of years the complete hype about white foods being bad for you has resulted in many people simply cutting certain foods like white bread, flour and rice out of their nutrition. Contrary to popular belief, plain white rice holds many benefits, especially when it comes to easing stomach pains. It has the ability to absorb the gases and acid in your stomach and solidifies your stool. This helps especially with diarrhea or similar issues in the digestion track. White rice is also a good idea as it can replenish your energy; make you feel satiated without upsetting your stomach further.
Considered one of the healthiest foods, ginger has many great properties that are used to treat all kinds of diseases and health issues. For many years, ginger has been praised as one of the best remedies when it comes to alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. Not only does it have anti-inflammatory components that help reduce the stomach pains, but it is also regarded as a substance which eliminates intestinal gases and soothes the intestinal track. Depending on your ache, you can consume ginger in fresh form or perhaps mix up a cup of ginger tea. It is very important to remember that a recommended dose is 4 grams of ginger per day.
When it comes to stomach aches, an apple a day will certainly not keep the doctor away, at least not if you consume them in a fresh form. Fresh apples are known to contain high levels of fructose which can be very upsetting for the stomach. On the other hand, this fruit is also quite rich with pectin, which helps soothe the symptoms of diarrhea ad constipation. In order to get the most out of these health properties, it is recommended to consume apples in a form of applesauce, as cooked down apples will help with digestion.
Lastly, it is really important to create a well-balanced nutrition that will help you get all the essential nutrients without doing any harm to your digestion track. This can be accomplished by mixing up some probiotic and prebiotic foods and forming a synbiotic your body desperately needs. Personally, I use and recommend the SCD Lifestyle diet plan. Try to manage a diet that contains all the essential nutrients needed for a body to function properly.
Here are some gut healthy recipes:
Simply blend half a cup of low-fat yogurt, milk and frozen strawberries and enjoy your instant synbiotic mini meal.
Toasty Breakfast: A combination of toasted whole-wheat English muffins with low-fat yogurt and bananas makes a nutritious and healthy breakfast idea.
Chicken Salad Sammie:
When you feel ready to step up the game, mix up a bit of mayo, low-fat yogurt, celery, cut-up chicken breasts and spread it on whole-grain toast for a delicious afternoon snack.
Savory Yogurt Dip:
A light everyday snack which contains low-fat yogurt, minced cucumbers, a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of fresh dill makes a tasty dip or a toast spread.
After you have cured your stomach ache and feel ready to get back to your regular nutrition, it is a good idea to start slowly by implementing some of the above light snacks and gradually introduce other foods.
About the author
Amy Mia Goldsmith is a personal trainer and chief editor at Beausmith blog, a healthy lifestyle blog. She has a degree in nutrition and her goal is to teach people to live a healthy, happy life.