12 Best Foods for an Upset Stomach

Almost everyone gets an upset stomach from time to time. Here are the 12 best foods for an upset stomach.

1. Ginger can help reduce nausea and vomiting, especially when associated with pregnancy, surgery, chemotherapy or motion sickness.

2. Chamomile is a commonly used remedy for stomach and intestinal discomfort, but more research is needed to understand how it works.

3. Peppermint, especially when consumed as peppermint oil, may help reduce stomach pain, bloating, gas and diarrhea for those with irritable bowel syndrome.

4. Deglycyrrhizinated licorice root (DGL) can be useful for relieving stomach pain and indigestion caused by ulcers or acid reflux.

5. Ground flaxseed meal and flaxseed oil can help regulate bowel movements and relieve constipation in humans. Animal studies suggest they may also prevent stomach ulcers and intestinal spasms.

6. Papaya concentrate may help relieve constipation, bloating and stomach ulcers, while the seeds may help eliminate intestinal parasites.

7. An upset stomach can sometimes be accompanied by diarrhea. Green bananas contain a type of fiber called resistant starch, which is very effective at relieving this type of diarrhea in children.

8. Pectin, a type of plant fiber found in apples and citrus fruits, may help shorten the duration of diarrhea and promote healthy gut bacteria when taken as a supplement.

9. Some people have trouble digesting fermentable carbohydrates known as FODMAPs, and feel better when consuming a low-FODMAP diet.

10. Probiotic-rich foods, especially fermented dairy products, may help regulate bowel movements and provide relief from both constipation and diarrhea.

11. Many people with an upset stomach find bland carbohydrates easier to tolerate than other foods, but there is little evidence to show that they actually relieve symptoms.

12. Drinking enough fluids and replenishing lost electrolytes is important for anyone suffering from vomiting or diarrhea.

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