What Can I Eat to Calm My Upset Stomach?

Suffering from an upset stomach can be both frustrating and debilitating. In some ways, having an upset stomach can even be dangerous. If it is accompanied by nausea or other symptoms, you may find yourself dehydrated and/or not getting enough of the nutrients that you need to function. Fortunately, there are foods that you can eat that will actually help to help calm your upset stomach.

When we think about things to eat to calm your upset stomach, we often immediately think of the old tried-and-true BRAT diet. The BRAT diet – which consists of bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast – is based on the idea that you need to eat bland foods that will help to soak up your digestive acids. However, these are not the only foods that you can eat to calm your upset stomach. In addition to these, you might try crackers, yogurt, skinned baked or broiled chicken (never fried chicken), soft fruits and vegetables, oatmeal, angel food cake, pretzels, and sherbet. Avoid foods that are greasy, fried, or fatty, foods that are extremely spicy or sweet, and foods with strong smells.

Some of the best foods for an upset stomach are not actually foods, they are beverages. Drinking enough liquids, especially water, will keep you hydrated. Dehydration can lead to an upset stomach; to avoid getting an upset stomach, you need to make sure you’re drinking enough liquids. Whenever possible, you should drink clear and cold liquids such as water or soda pops that are clear of colorings and caffeine.

Mint and ginger are both known to have a soothing effect on an upset stomach. Many people have had success with a variety of types of peppermint teas, for example. If tea isn’t your thing, you can mix some peppermint oil into a drink of juice or lemonade. You can get ginger in a variety of ways, such as ginger tea or ginger root supplements. Ginger is especially effective if your upset stomach is due to morning sickness or to travel sickness.

Ultimately, you will have to go through a process of trial-and-error to help determine what you can eat to calm your upset stomach. If you have a chronic or severe upset stomach, it can indicate another type of a problem, and you should discuss this with your health care provider.