6 Foods To Eat If You Have A Stomach Ache
Everyone experiences a debilitating stomach ache at one point or another. Whether you’re nauseous from last night’s outing, you have a stomach bug, or just ate something funky, stomach pains can be a real pain in the butt. Unfortunately, there isn’t a magic pill to pop to make the pain go away, but you can put certain things in your stomach to help ease your aches.
The last thing on your mind may be adding more food to your stomach, but some foods actually help with digestion and can help relieve stomach issues.
“Foods to help with a stomachache must be easy to digest,” says Emily Cope, MS, RDN. “Think bland foods composed of simple carbohydrates. Protein and fat are more difficult to digest and may further contribute to a stomachache.”
To help the soothe the pain when your tummy’s not feeling so hot, we’ve come up with a list of six foods that will have you feeling back to yourself in no time.
Ginger has been a cure for stomach problems since ancient times, as it is a great antidote to nausea and vomiting. Drinking ginger tea is an easy way to consume the herb, but be careful about relying on ginger ale, as it may not do the trick. “Many commercially available ginger ale products contain little to no real amounts of ginger,” says Cope.
When it comes to eating bread to help stomach pains, the more toasted, the better. Increasing the carbon and ash residues on the surface provides gastric relief, as it helps soaks up toxins in the stomach.
If your stomach ache is caused by gas discomfort, fennel is a great source of relief, as it contains anti-gas properties in the form of anethole. “Anethole stimulates the stomach to secrete digestive gastric juice and helps to reduce inflammation of the stomach,” says Cope. Some studies have even found that fennel can help kill off common food-born pathogens such as e-coli and salmonella.
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