The Best Foods for An Upset Stomach

upset stomach holistic nutrition st clair west torontoAn upset stomach can be caused by many things, from digestive issues like IBS and food poisoning to stress that shuts down the digestive system. It can be really difficult to know what is “safe” to eat when your stomach is upset, so today I’m sharing a couple things that will help settle your stomach.

Herbal teas like peppermint or ginger are an excellent way to hydrate and sooth an upset stomach. Peppermint tea helps relieve gas and cramping and ginger tea helps relieve nausea and vomiting.

Chia water is a great way to get hydrated when you can only consume liquids. Chia seeds have the ability to absorb several times their weight in water making them an excellent way to bulk up stools.

Bananas have been used for a long time to ease an upset tummy because they contain pectin that helps firm up bowel movements. They also contain potassium which is really important if you are losing lots of fluids.

Rice is really easy to digest and doesn’t linger too long in the stomach. The starch in rice also coats the stomach lining which eases digestion and has a soothing effect.

Apple cider vinegar alleviates cramping and gas caused by low stomach acid. The acidity helps with digestion and it contains lots of nutrients that support the digestive tract.

It is really easy to become dehydrated when your stomach is upset so it is important to drink lots of water. I recommend sticking to liquids until your stools are solid and the vomiting has stopped, and then move on to bland foods that are really easy to digest.

If you find your stomach is constantly upset, then it might be time to work with someone who can help you get to the root cause of the issue. I would love to sit down with you and help you heal your digestive tract so you don’t have to worry about when and where you will be the next time your stomach gets upset.

By Jesse Lane Lee, Holistic Nutritionist