Food And Drink Do’s And Don’ts For Your Upset Stomach


Stomach woes are fairly ordinary occurrences in daily life—who has not had a bout of viral stomach flu, an attack of hyperacidity induced by spicy food, or a case of digestive upset after consuming a contaminated meal, for instance? Whilst tummy troubles are common, however, that doesn’t make them any less bothersome, inconvenient, and debilitating. A bad case of stomach upset can put you out of commission for days. Symptoms that you have digestive issues include abdominal pain and cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or loose stools, heartburn, indigestion, hyperacidity, acid reflux, excessive stomach gas, frequent belching, and, depending on the cause of the upset stomach, dizziness, body aches, headaches, and fever.

While there is usually a less alarming cause for an upset stomach, some digestive issues may be severe enough to warrant a trip to the doctor—especially in cases of food poisoning, or in chronic digestive problems. Never take sever pain or chronic stomach upsets for granted, as these could be symptoms of a more serious underlying disorder. Meanwhile, some cases of food poisoning can be life-threatening and require medical attention, as well.
Typical causes of an upset stomach, on the other hand, include eating contaminated or spoiled food, stress, consuming foods that irritate the lining of the stomach, food allergies, eating too much or too fast, constipation, certain bacteria and viruses, among others.

When dealing with an upset stomach, there are medications you can take, as prescribed by your physician. There are also particular food items that you can eat to help ease the symptoms—as well as food to avoid lest they worsen your stomach problems. Read on to find out which foods and beverages are beneficial and which are detrimental to your upset stomach.

DO eat or drink:

1. Lots of liquids

When your stomach is upset, especially if you have diarrhea, you need to boost your intake of liquids. Water, clear broths, electrolyte-infused drinks such as sports beverages, and nature’s own re-hydrator, coconut water, are all good choices. Aside from helping to restore lost fluids, these drinks replace necessary minerals such as potassium and sodium, in your system.