It may seem counter-intuitive, but sometimes the best thing for an upset stomach is more food…though obviously not too much more. Here are few simple medicines you can get over-the-counter – that is, over your grocery store’s counter, not your pharmacist’s – when you’re feeling a bit queasy.
Ginger is easily the most widely-known stomach-soothing food. Ginger has long been renowned for its anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory qualities, and the great the news is it comes in a wide variety of foods and beverages that are effective against stomach pains (and even travel sickness). A soothing, naturally-brewed ginger beer has long been the go-to remedy. Not only will the ginger in it soothe, but the water in the drink will keep you hydrated. There are dedicated ginger-based chews which are just as effective; even better (and cheaper) is plain ginger tea. Take some raw ginger root, peeled and sliced, and infuse it for five to ten minutes in some hot water. If you must, add some honey to sweeten, sip, and feel the nausea melt away.
Slightly Burnt Dry Toast
Oddly-specific, perhaps, but there’s a logic to it. Bland, dry foods are perfect to easing stomach trouble while also giving you something to heat. Completely inoffensive, dry toast won’t further upset your stomach. The “slightly burnt” part – where the toast has nearly turned black – act as charcoal, which is a great and natural way to absorb toxins in the stomach. In fact, famous French chef Auguste Escoffier cooked up dried slices of toast for Aussie opera singer Dame Melba when she was feeling ill; “Melba toast” bears her name to this day.
Bananas are another soothing food to ease a trouble stomach. Again, like the dry toast, they’re very easy to eat and keep down, but the extra nutrients contained in the world’s favourite fruit will help build you back up. Bananas are rich in potassium, which eases muscle cramps – including those responsible for a troubled digestive tract.
bananas can help settle your stomach
Sure, it’s not a food. But it’s also too important to leave off the list. Plain old H2O is vital for keeping hydrated, especially if you’ve been vomiting or suffering from diarrhoea. It’s also wonderful at simply diluting any excess stomach acid, and flushing toxins from your system. Carbonated water can also be more soothing than flat tap water – and the bubble can help you burp, which can relieve some of the pressure.
Like ginger, mint is simple, easy-to-get plant that can be taken in a lot of different forms. There’s a reason many stomach medicines are flavoured with mint. The menthol in the leaves is a great