Stomach Pain

Best Foods to Ease an Upset Stomach

You know the inevitable pain in store after you scarf down a meal too quickly, get too stressed out, or simply eat excessively. However, the threat of an upset stomach isn’t enough to ward off us rich food until we’re doubled over in pain, nauseated, and rushing to the bathroom with explosive diarrhea.

Fortunately, these eight foods can help naturally soothe a troublesome tummy…

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1. White Rice

Bland foods, like white rice, are easily digestible when your tummy trembles with gas and indigestion.  As part of the BRAT food diet (which recommends foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast) white rice helps bulk stool and bind bowel movements while putting less stress on bodies suffering from digestion difficulties.

2. Papaya

This tropical tummy calmer, contains papain and chymopapain enzymes, which promote balanced digestive acidity while optimizing digestion by helping to break down food proteins.

3. Herbal Tea

There’s nothing quite as comforting as a hot cup of tea to the mind or body. The tummy specifically benefits from herbal brews like licorice root, peppermint, ginger, and chamomile—all which contain natural anti-nausea properties and soothe gas-related cramps.

4. Peppermint

Natural peppermint-induced foods—like candies, teas, and dishes that contain fresh mint leaves—help to settle a troublesome tummy, easing gas pain and bloating by loosen up tight stomach muscles. This calming effect encourages bile absorption and hastens the digestive process.

5. Bananas

Bananas are one of the few foods on the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, and  toast), an eating plan that focuses on foods that are easily digestible and don’t upset the tummy. This is because bananas contain pectin, a natural substance that binds the bowels.

6. Yogurt

While most forms of dairy should be avoided if you suffer from delicate digestion, plain yogurt contains the beneficial bacteria (or active cultures) that promote healthy gut flora and encourage optimal digestion.

7. Ginger

You may use ginger as an anti-nausea remedy when you have the stomach flu. However, this natural root (in fresh or powdered form) can be steeped or sprinkled into tea to soothe a delicate tummy.

8. Applesauce

Another BRAT diet staple, applesauce (akin to white rice, toast, and bananas) contains pectin from fresh apples. When cooked into smooth sauce, apples can tame explosive diarrhea, calm upset stomach, and alleviate digestive troubles.