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Foods for an Upset Stomach

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Nadia Galinova
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Nadia Galinova
Soup for an upset stomach

In case you have an upset stomach, the food you consume should be blended or rubbed through a colander with a wooden spoon to the consistency of boiled semolina and should be prepared by steam or water. The food intake needs to be in small portions, up to 6-8 times a day.

You can drink boiled water, but in no case milk. Sweetening hot drinks is not recommended.

For an upset stomach juices are drunk only if they have been diluted with boiled water, so that they don't irritate the stomach unnecessarily. It is recommended to drink rosehip decoction in unlimited quantities - hot or cold, but not sweetened.

In case of an upset stomach, it is recommended to eat soups, but they must be prepared with the so-called secondary broth. Potato soup is suitable.

The initial boiled broth is not used - it is very strong, so it is separated and boiled water is added to the meat. You can add minced lean meat and fine noodles to the broth. Chicken, turkey, beef, pork, fish - boiled, baked or minced.

Bread or rusks for an an upset stomach

Bread can be consumed, but not freshly. Bread from the day before or in the form of rusks is best. Yeast-free pasta can be consumed in moderation. Snacks, crackers and salads too. Eggs - not runny and no more than one per day.

Fruit and vegetables will charge up the body with vitamins and trace elements, but should only be consumed processed. Otherwise they will have a bad effect on the upset stomach.

Suitable foods for an upset stomach are vegetable purees as well as vegetable patties, which must be steamed. Mashed or blended vegetables can be used to prepare vegetable cream soups, but without fat.

Sour, salty, canned foods, marinades with vinegar, horseradish and spicy spices have an adverse effect on an upset stomach.

Dry salami, greasy cheeses, canned foods and chocolate should also be avoided. All sweet products will aggravate an upset stomach and are therefore not recommended.

Carbonated drinks, alcohol and beer should be excluded from the daily menu. Heavy foods such as mushrooms should also not be consumed under any circumstances.

No one likes to talk about this condition - diarrhea. Although it does not usually cause major complications for adults who do not suffer from other chronic conditions, it is unpleasant. A proper diet can help you cure diarrhea.

Complications of diarrhea can occur in infants, young children and the elderly, because at those ages the body can dehydrate faster.

Signs of diarrhea

Bloated stomach

Before the appearance of watery stool you may feel cramps, abdominal pain, bloating, nausea. The appetite also decreases. Then the sensation of emergency defecation is installed. In some cases, the stool then contains indigestible food, mucus and rarely - blood. These stools may also be accompanied by fever, chills, fatigue, dizziness. Sometimes it even involves muscle pain and increased heart rate. Mostly young children lose weight, if they suffer from diarrhea.

Causes of an upset stomach

Diarrhea affects all age groups, but is especially dangerous for infants, young children and the elderly. If diarrhea is caused by viral or bacterial infections, it passes after 3-5 days. If the person has not recovered after this interval, further tests are needed. For example, if it lasts for at least four weeks, it may be related to a functional disorder or intestinal disease. Diarrhea has several degrees of severity - mild but also very severe, which for some people can be life-threatening if not treated medically. Hydration is very important - plain water, teas, but also electrolytes (if recommended by your doctor). An important aspect, that people with an upset stomach should take into account is the amount of urine they pass in 24 hours. All this information is useful for doctors to avoid dehydration. Other complications include anemia (if the stools are bloody), electrolyte imbalance, malnutrition.

Eating after diarrhea

After episodes of diarrhea, it is very important how you feed your body. Fried and fatty foods are not going to be good for you. Here's what to emphasize on when eating after an upset stomach:

1. Canned fruit


These fruit are already cleaned and ready to eat and are more preferable than raw. However, avoid plums and apricots, which stimulate the digestive function. You can also eat boiled fruit (boiled or ripe) without seeds and peels or drink fruit juices without their pulp. Emphasize on homemade compotes.

2. Green beans

Green beans are rich in dietary fiber, which makes them easily digestible food. Fresh green beans do not contain saturated fat and are low in calories. In addition, they are an excellent source of macronutrients, vitamins and minerals but of plant origin.

3. Pumpkin

Pumpkin is a vegetable low in insoluble fiber, but rich in vitamin A, which maintains the health of the lining of the intestinal tract and promotes healing. Pumpkin also contains vitamin C, which is antibacterial and promotes tissue healing.

4. Potatoes

Steamed vegetables for irritated stomach

Peeled potatoes are an easy-to-digest food. They contain nutrients such as vitamin B6, C, niacin. It is recommended to eat them plain, without butter or cream. They can irritate the intestinal tract.

5. Lean meat

Lean meat is easy to digest and high in protein. Be sure to choose boiled fish, chicken, roasted turkey, ham - all skinless. Canned tuna is also a good option for eating after an upset stomach.

6. White flour pasta and noodles

Pasta provides dietary fiber and carbohydrates. Tomato juice-based sauce adds vitamin C and lycopene (antioxidant). Pasta made from wholemeal flour can irritate the intestinal mucosa. Noodles are a healthy alternative.

7. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is good for upset stomach

Oatmeal is easily digested and is rich in antioxidants with healing properties. They also contain vitamin B1, selenium and manganese and are also an excellent source of soluble fiber.

8. Vegetable soup

Vegetable soup will help replace fluid loss and prevent dehydration after an episode of diarrhea. Also, added vegetables will give you extra vitamins. If you prefer, you can also add skinless chicken.

In addition to the food, which can be eaten after an upset stomach, you need to maintain an optimal level of hydration and hygiene. Wash your hands several times a day, especially after using the toilet and before eating.

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