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Dealing with an upset stomach? These 7 foods can help you out

Published on:1 October 2020, 17:29pm IST
If indigestion and loose motions are raining on the your parade, then try these foods that are perfect upset stomach home remedies for some relief.
Dr Rohini Patil
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Soothe your stomach with the help of these foods. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Having an upset stomach is just horrible, especially when you are doubled over in pain. Add to that cramps, vomiting, bloating, indigestion, constipation, diarrhoea or nausea—and it becomes almost impossible to bear it with day to day tasks.

There are multiple reasons behind an upset stomach, While it’s a good thing to stick to your diet plan during this time—there are some foods that can actually help soothe your stomach. If you find yourself struggling with indigestion often, some of these foods you can use as upset stomach home remedies:

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1. Banana
There is a reason why bananas remain a recommended energy booster for marathon runners. Bananas are easy to digest and generally, they don’t upset the stomach. Bananas also pectin that help facilitate bowel movements naturally.

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This good old fruit can have the most powerful impact on your health! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Papaya
Add this tropical fruit to the list of tummy soothers. Eating papaya helps to ease indigestion, encourage digestion, and helps with constipation. The magic is in enzymes chymopapain and papain, that help breakdown proteins and soothe the stomach to promote a healthy acidic environment.

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Eating papaya gives you health benefits along with its juicy sweetness. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

3. White rice
When your stomach is feeling topsy-turvy, it is a good idea to stick to bland, white foods like toast, rice, or boiled potatoes. Not putting more stress on an already sensitive digestive system, white rice food helps to ease diarrhoea by absorbing fluids and adding bulk to your stool.

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Rice is not the enemy. Trust us! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Ginger
Many studies have shown how ginger works well as an anti-nausea remedy and improve overall digestive health. If you decide to take ginger, the recommended limit is four grams of ginger daily. You can also choose to chew on a piece of fresh ginger or steep fresh ginger in hot water for a soothing hot tea.

5. Applesauce
Like bananas, apples are a good source of pectin that helps to reduce the symptoms of diarrhoea. If you are dealing with an upset stomach, skip apples and instead have applesauce as cooked down apples will be much easier to digest.

6. Chamomile/peppermint tea
Besides the soothing effect of a warm cup of tea, both chamomile and peppermint have been noted for their stomach specific healing properties. Peppermint activates an anti-pain channel in the colon. It also ease symptoms associated with IBS and helps with nausea. Chamomile helps to relieve an upset stomach and abdominal pain.

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7. Yogurt
Dairy can be detrimental to an upset stomach, but a bowl of plain yogurt can have quite the opposite effect. The key is to make sure that you are choosing a yogurt that is labelled as having a time cultured. These cultures will increase the number of good bacteria in your gut, aiding digestion and reducing the uncomfortable feeling of being bloated. Ideally, choose organic fresh plain yoghurt.

Yogurt has been keeping you healthy for all this while. Here’s how. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Make sure you eat healthy food and don’t eat junk and processed foods if you have an upset stomach. Eat plain and light food that is easy to digest. Also, you should exercise regularly for smooth functioning of the body.

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Dr Rohini Patil Dr Rohini Patil

Dr. Rohini Patil is an MBBS and a nutritionist. Over the last eight years she has passionately done intense research in the field of diet, nutrition, fitness, mental health and overall lifestyle modifications. She is the founder & CEO of Nutracy Lifestyle.