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2 Feb

What to Eat on an Upset Stomach

Maybe it was a raucous night out with too much to drink or an oddly tasting (now you know why) meat dish at a new restaurant. Perhaps you succumbed to the latest stomach bug – care of your jamhanded preschooler. Or maybe you’re making your way through several weeks of intense morning sickness (nature’s rather cruel joke, isn’t it?). Whatever the case, you’ve been bent over the porcelain throne for the better part of the last few hours – or stuck sitting on it. Alternatively, you’re in agony and wish to any and all forms of Providence that you could simply throw up already to get some relief. When the worst of the drama is over or you realize it’s probably not going to hit a crescendo, so to speak, you realize you feel weak and maybe a little shaky. It’s a sensation, you imagine, akin to having your insides cleaned out with a turbo suction engine. Nothing is left, and it’s starting to feel funky. Especially if it’s been a longer haul than the hours since last night’s questionable dinner, you know you need to eat or at least drink. But what exactly?

I’d venture to say most of us grew up with CW’s rule of thumb. Generally, that meant something like 7Up, saltines, rice, or dry toast. Having gone Primal, however, the massive sugar spike plan doesn’t sound very soothing. (To be honest, there’s something about even writing this list that induces a stomach ache.) That said, you’re not exactly in the mood to chow down on a turkey leg or assemble a raw vegetable salad. Where exactly does that leave us Primal types when down for the count? I’m sure others will offer their own tried and true ideas, but let me offer a few suggestions for what to eat when nausea has taken over your day and is taunting your best laid Primal plans.

A big, fat nothing for the acute phase

This goes without saying perhaps, but our mothers were right on this point. Don’t bother eating if you’re in the throes of losing your lunch – from either end. Wait until things calm themselves. Your body needs the rest. If even a sip of water unleashes another bout, you’re probably doing more harm than good. (The exception here is a case of extended illness, which puts you at risk for dehydration. If you can’t keep a small amount of water down after a full 24-hour period, it might be time to at least call the doctor. It’s definitely the case if you’re taking care of a sick seedling.)

Once the worst is over…. (Keep in mind that you might not be 100% “done” in the bathroom at this point, but the reactions aren’t instantaneous anymore. In other words, fluids and food are retained long enough for your body to garner some nutrients and hydration benefit.

First fluid

This one’s easy of course. Water (preferably filtered). Small sips just like Mom suggested.

Subsequent fluids and first foods…

If the coast is generally clear and you’re keeping a tablespoon of regular water down, try moving on to a few more therapeutic, restorative options.

Simple carbonated water (if you’re feeling gassy)

If you’re feeling like you have a lot of air in your stomach (sometimes the case after vomiting illnesses), try a bit at a time. Actual mineral water might be a bit harder on a sensitive stomach than merely carbonated water, but it can begin to replenish your body if you can handle it.

Ginger tea or powdered ginger in water

Pregnant women hear this recommendation for morning sickness, but it works for other brands of nausea as well. While a ginger containing tea might taste better, using the actual ground powder or steeped shavings will likely be more effective. If a hot liquid sounds unpalatable to you, add some ginger to a room temperature glass of regular or carbonated water. (Consider it a much better option than ginger ale soda which generally contains no or next to no actual ginger and will shoot your glucose levels through the roof.)

Water with bitters

Yes, good old bitters. There’s more to them than your father’s traditional cocktail. Certain cultures (including many countries in Europe) use them medicinally to aid digestion and soothe a sour stomach. I’d recommend them if you’re feeling a bit rough from a too heavy/too large meal.

Bone broth

When you’re ready to graduate from water (a milestone that has you singing praises), consider holding off on solids if you have a stock of – well – stock in your freezer or refrigerator. I’m not talking about the sodium and preservative filled canned soups. We always keep a few containers of homemade broth on hand for cooking and the occasional under the weather days. It can help rehydrate you while giving your body a manageable boost of lost minerals and protein. Once you’re ready to try solids, add some shredded meat and a few cooked veggies to make a more hearty soup.


Your digestive system has been put through the wringer. If it’s an illness or food poisoning that has gotten the better of you, your beneficial bacteria could likely use some reinforcements. If you like yogurt and feel you’re up for it, try it. (Just avoid the sugar laden varieties.) If you’re a kombucha fan, you might enjoy the double benefit of carbonation and probiotic. Not everyone enjoys the taste, however, even on their best days. If you’re not a fan, don’t try to force it down when you’re already nauseous. Go with what sounds good to you at the time.

When you’re ready to take the plunge into solid foods again, soft or cooked foods are generally easier on the stomach.

Soft fruits and veggies

Avocado, maybe flavored with a pinch of sea salt, can give you a wallop of healthy fats and other nutrients, but there’s no reason to steer away from other veggies and fruits. After a full day’s worth of shouting groceries, you’ve probably depleted your glycogen stores. Although I wouldn’t suggest anyone hurl themselves over a fructose cliff, there’s little reason to avoid them entirely. If it’s what your body wants to eat, heed its wisdom. Intuitive eating, after all, has its place.

Soft meats and eggs

At some point you’re ready for some real, stick-to-your-bones kind of food to feed your now growling empty stomach. This is the kind of fare that will really get you moving and feeling like yourself again when you’re ready for it. You’ll lose the last of that awful shakiness and enjoy a steady stream of Primal energy. Nonetheless, when you’re trying to get past lingering nausea, the last thing you want to do is gnaw and chew yourself to fatigue. Scrambled eggs or soft, mild tasting fish (like tilapia) are favorites of mine, but moist poultry or tender cuts of meat can do the trick as well. Eat and rejoice your return to the land of the living.

Thanks for reading today, everyone. Be sure to add your own advice and suggestions for what to eat on an upset stomach. Happy Groundhog Day!

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  1. Any Canadians who have a “Davids Tea” location nearby…their “Bravissimo” tea is AMAZING for a killer sore throat.

    I second drinking broth. I make a huge batch of it when I’m sick, add veggies, with lots of garlic, onion, ginger and whole peppercorns. Sip, sip, sip away!

    pat wrote on February 2nd, 2012
  2. steeping ginger root shavings to make tea works wonders…

    rik wrote on February 2nd, 2012
  3. If it’s food poisoning or a vomiting flue, there’s not much one can do other than vomit. I’m usually done after 12 hours, which is when I can finally sip some water without it coming back up. Honey ginger tea is my go-to beverage after I know I can hold down my fluids. The ginger helps with the nausea, and the honey provides some energy so I don’t feel like I’m dying of starvation.

    Also, am I the only one who does this?: When I’m recovering, I watch cartoons! It’s the same routine from my youth (which was not actually that long ago, lol). The feeling of nostalgia takes my mind off the nausea. Might as well have some fun if you’re stuck at home, right? Plus, Aladdin is still good the 194th time…

    Reiko wrote on February 2nd, 2012
  4. For me there is something about toast that provides extreme comfort when not feeling well. I bake a loaf of the almond flour “basic bread” from the Paleo Comfort Foods cookbook. Stick it in the freezer and it can be pulled out when needed, sliced, toasted, and with a bit of butter it is so good on a sensitive stomach! Yes, it’s a nut flour bread so shouldn’t be overeaten, but thankfully I’m not sick much since going Primal!

    Dawn wrote on February 2nd, 2012
  5. My daughter came over last night with a horribly upset GI mess brought on by legumes. Live and learn, I say. We were all eating Mark’s braised cabbage and kielbasa. Not her idea of tummy soothing. I gave her a bottle of kvass a handful of probiotics, some glutamine for later, some raw milk goat cheese and some pickle juice and raw fermented sauerkraut. . And some ginger. My thinking was to repopulate her gut ASAP. Plus sent her home with some fresh roasted beets. She was good as new today.

    Snauzoo wrote on February 2nd, 2012
  6. ACTIVATED CHARCOAL. You can get it at Walgreens. It’s what they give you in the ER for food poisoning. We keep it on hand for stomach bugs. Immediately take about ten of them and your stomach will settle. It soaks everything up or something. Not good for morning sickness though, because it keeps you from digesting nutrients.

    rabbit_trail wrote on February 2nd, 2012
  7. Have you ever made chicken stock from chicken feet? Its great stuff! If you can’t get feet or don’t like the idea of feet, try chicken wings. Wings also have a lot of connective tissue.

    rarebird wrote on February 2nd, 2012
  8. I can vouch for ginger tea, carbonated drinks, etc.

    What I do for ginger tea is this: I keep fresh ginger root around. I cut off a piece, peel it, and then grate it. I put the grated-up stuff in a mesh tea ball and then pour hot water in.

    Usually, I make 2 or 3 quarts of ginger tea at a time. I use the small tea balls and fill them with a couple of tablespoons of grated fresh ginger. Pour in hot water (either boiled or from a whistling teakettle), and let steep for 20 to 30 minutes or more. You can vary the strength. I usually use stevia to sweeten it. It helps a queasy stomach, but I also like it enough that sometimes I drink it just because it tastes good. Also tastes good iced.

    Pam Maltzman wrote on February 2nd, 2012
  9. My favorite tummy soother of late: GT’s Ginger Kombucha. I love the taste of ginger, and I usually keep a few bottles on hand just in case. Ginger People ginger chews are also a good standby. When I had morning sickness a couple of years ago, I had these ginger/fennel/herbal candies that would dissolve in my mouth that worked well to take the edge off the worst nausea.

    For stuffy noses we use a Neti pot, with a bit of salt in it. Feels weird, like you’ve just been pounded by a big wave, but helps a lot to flush out the oncoming cold.

    Kristina wrote on February 2nd, 2012
  10. Now I have a question for you. I had been on the diet outlined at http://www,naturalhealing by for close to 2 years; was pretty much fully on the diet. It’s a low-carb, high-fat diet with supplements.

    I had had several healing reactions.

    But a week before this past Christmas, I woke up with a recurrent visual disturbance in one eye, plus a mild headache and some nausea.

    I drove myself to the ER. They CT scanned my head and told me I’d suffered a small stroke. I drove myself home from the hospital 2 days later.

    They put me on BP medications. I’ve been slowly upping my fat intake, with plans to get back on the diet plan and up my fat intake again. I’m also taking nattokinase, L-arginine, and some other supplements. I’ve got a pot of soon-to-be-chicken bone broth on the stove (with chicken feet simmering too).

    Could you please suggest any other supplements that would be particularly helpful? I figure that pushing good fats (coconut oil, Kerrygold butter, etc.) ought to be good.

    Thanks in advance. I enjoy your website and will eventually purchase some of your books. I also want to thank you for the helpful and respectful manner in which you treat your website visitors.

    Pam Maltzman wrote on February 2nd, 2012
  11. I have had irritable bowels and a sensitive stomach for years. I’ve learned to live with it for the most part, but the fewer processed foods I eat, the less of a problem it is. I’ve also noticed that chewing thoroghly helps a lot.

    TrainerMike wrote on February 2nd, 2012
  12. This article is 2 weeks too late! I had a bad case of the brown bottle flu for the first time in a long time. First place I came to look for an answer was here, though, and to my surprise I didn’t find anything. Turns out, I wasn’t too far off. I should’ve tried to not eat anything all day, though… was trying things like bone broth, and saltines (I know, I’m a sinner) and my gut wasn’t liking anything. Would have been an easy way to get in a day long fast… well, maybe not so easy. Now I know. Thanks for the article!!

    Brian wrote on February 2nd, 2012
  13. I’ll weigh in as a TCM doc and herbalist.

    perilla/beefsteak plant works wonders on all types of nausea. it’s often prescribed in china for morning sickness, as well as food sickness due to seafood (the weird plastic grass you get at sushi restaurants is supposed to represent perilla – you can still get it at more expensive places – also has anti-parasitic qualities)

    ginger is good, but be careful about the raw/fresh vs dried/powdered. it really depends on how hot you’re running. in general, fresh is better at harmonizing the stomach, dried/powdered is better at warming you. if you take too much dried/powdered, or of you’re too hot already, you’ll end up with a frontal headache and irritability.

    mint is great if the nausea is stress related, because of its effect on the nervous system. However, it also relaxes the cardiac sphincter and can make heartburn worse (just like coffee and chocolate). it also cools you down, so it’s best to take if you are on the warmer side, with irritability. if you feel cold it can make you worse. you can also overdose on mint, in which case you will break into a cold sweat and become very fatigued.

    bitters are good for stress, and for problems of immoderate consumption of bad fats.

    fennel is great for symptoms that are at or below the belly button, especially if those symptoms feel better with warmth. anise is similar but is effects the lungs as well, and has more of a diaphoretic action.

    hawthorn berry (not seed) helps to digest fats and proteins. but it is said to weaken the digestion with chronic use.

    hope that helps

    Matt wrote on February 2nd, 2012
  14. Off topic to this article but relevant to primal living as a whole….

    I’ve just starting reading a new book that addresses a number of the issues that we’ve been discussing here recently about carbohydrates; human evolution in relation to carbohydrate availability; carbohydrate intolerance; nutritional ketosis; the role of carbohydrates in dyslipidemia – and a whole lot more.

    The authors give evidence based references for everything they say. They make the science accessible. They make it easier for patients to discuss these issues with their doctors.

    They address medical doctors with regard to the need to reevaluate the role of low carb diets for the estimated 3 in 4 people who will sometime over their lifetime develop carb intolerance. They talk about reasons why those 3 (in 4) people hypothetically became carb intolerant and specifically how to reverse that condition in relation to various levels of severity. They also provide support and guidance in living a long term, sustainable low carb diet.

    “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living” (2011), Jeff S. Volek, PhD, RD & Stephen D. Phinney, MD, PhD. ISBN 978-0-9834907-0-8

    rarebird wrote on February 2nd, 2012
  15. Green Tea with lemon juice, ginger, a tiny bit of honey, and a pinch of sea salt for me. Good all the time, not just when I’m sick.

    primalzen wrote on February 2nd, 2012
  16. I gotta be honest and disagree.

    Ive been primal for almost 3 years and for the first time, i came down with an illness 2 weeks ago. saltines and sprite was all i wanted, tasted perfect, and i felt none of the effects that your normally get from a cheat meal

    Rob wrote on February 3rd, 2012
    • I haven’t had a stomach bug since going primal – but I might want to have a bit of Gatorade or ginger ale during the acute recovery part. I don’t know about crackers but maybe. I don’t have celiacs diseases or any know allergies to grains so maybe.

      When our bodies are stressed like that they have specific nutritional needs that they don’t normally have – such as to keep the calorie intake up to help the immune system fight off infection, like stomach upsetting bacteria or viruses.

      rarebird wrote on February 3rd, 2012
  17. Any tips on dealing with anesthesia-related nausea?

    Mimi wrote on February 3rd, 2012
  18. For hangovers I rely on diet coke, yes the one full of additives and nasty stuff. But only for severe handovers, with splitting headaches and nausea. Really rare these days… And for suspected food poisoning, I take some activated carbon (charcoal), to absorb toxins. Then I wait it out, and sip some tea.

    Cat Alberts wrote on February 3rd, 2012
    • Caffeine (diet coke) helps with hangover headaches just like it does with migraines. Something in the coke formula is also supposed to help with “dyspepsia” – but since the formula is a secret who knows what it is. Maybe just the carbonation.

      rarebird wrote on February 3rd, 2012
  19. I went into the ER earlier this month and had emergency surgery. After coming out of anesthesia (combined with antibiotics during the surgery, so you KNOW my gut flora was compromised) the only thing they would let me eat was sugar laden PUDDING.

    This made no sense to me, especially since I was requesting chicken broth instead.

    I pulled the sugar-gives-me-massive-morning-sickness card which was the only thing that swayed my nurses.

    Hayden Tompkins wrote on February 3rd, 2012
    • Good one! Some people are actually allergic to white sugar. I tested positive for sugar allergy so that’s the card I pull when I need to avoid that sort of food.

      Some people actually find pudding settling to the stomach – especially tapioca pudding. I think its the starch. Would be possible to make a primal version of pudding, btw.

      rarebird wrote on February 3rd, 2012
  20. I am right now making my first batch of Bone Broth Soup. I was making extra to have in the freezer just in case we needed for these reasons this winter.
    I am amazed at myself everyday for all the new foods and ways of cooking I am willing to try.
    If Mark says it…I am willing to try it.

    Sarah wrote on February 3rd, 2012
    • I know what you mean. I was a pretty decent cook with a lot of experience with home made dishes, food preserving, et. pre-primal. But since going primal I have really added a LOT to my kitchen experience.

      One of the initial hesitancies I had about eliminating grains and legumes is that I love to bake and to make soups like split-pea (with home made ham stock). I have a large library of cook books. I was afraid that I’d have to give all that up.

      So, one of the first things that I did when I decided to commit to a low-carb approach was to look for cookbooks. That’s when I stumbled upon the primal/paleo approach. One of the first things I did was to buy Mark’s cookbooks – and the PB books as well. WOW are those cookbooks gorgeous! BOY am I having a great time in the kitchen these days! I don’t miss a thing. I feel enriched not deprived, on all levels.

      rarebird wrote on February 3rd, 2012
  21. Coconut Water! It taste delicious and is natures’s healing water. Sweet and salty at the same time. When I was growing up in El Salvador we had coconut water every time our stomachs were sick. We also suck on a lemon or lime, such a good and gentle way to heal. Try it!

    ana maria dudley wrote on February 3rd, 2012
  22. I agree with Nicky about the coconut water. Great stuff for rehydration after a bout with any stomach distress. I keep some around for just that purpose. Also, When you’re ready for bone broth, simmer it with some coconut milk (I use an equal amount, but if you’re sick, maybe a bit less) and some fresh ginger for about 10 minutes. Along with the ginger to soothe the gut and the nutrients in the bone broth, it will give you some good fats which don’t upset the stomach and will provide some antibiotic,antiviral ammo to speed recovery.

    Margaretrc wrote on February 3rd, 2012
    • I like your suggestions about tweaking the bone broth. Sounds tasty and effective.

      rarebird wrote on February 3rd, 2012
  23. With morning sickness, which is caused by being too hungry and having too much stomach acid, most of these things — especially fasting — would make it way worse. I struggled for awhile with this, because I discovered last pregnancy that the only things that helped were DRY foods — like crackers and toast. They helped absorb the gurgles. And I had to eat them the second I started to feel sick or I couldn’t even stomach those.

    Almost no primal food is really DRY like I wanted, and anything wet or moist was revolting (except straight broth — that was okay). Finally I went for nuts. Just a few when I first got up, and that settled things down enough to eat something else.

    I’d love to hear more tips for dry foods, though … primal food is usually moist and fresh which was just what I didn’t want when I was feeling sick.

    Sheila wrote on February 3rd, 2012
    • There is also a form of morning sickness that originates in the center of the brain that’s affected in motion sickness. This type doesn’t respond well to any intervention and often results in hospitalization. I can’t remember the name of it right now – but I had it with my third child and BOY did I eat my words from the previous pregnancies about ~piffle~ to morning sickness.

      LOL “Words” were about all I could eat until the 8th month. I was dizzy like drunk dizzy the whole time, too. I actually weighed less after delivery than I had before getting pregnant – and I wasn’t over weight to begin with. The only way I could keep my nutrition high enough to support the pregnancy was with special liquid supplements and tiny bits of food all day long – and lots of lying down.

      Anyway….onto happier info….snacking on nuts worked for me, too. In the PB cookbook there is a recipe for nut crackers. I haven’t made it yet – and the crackers in the photo don’t look very dry – but maybe they would work. Have you tried nut crackers?

      rarebird wrote on February 3rd, 2012
    • Sheila, I know what that is like! I am about 8 weeks along with number 2 at the moment and have gone completely un-primal because of the MS. I can still eat nuts but meat (except for prosciutto), eggs etc all make me feel horrible. I am also craving sweet and fatty things like mad (guessing it is another girl – last time I developed a crazy sweet tooth) I just hope this time it eases up. Last pregnancy I ended up 13kgs lighter after delivery than when I fell pregnant! (I could definitely afford to lose it though)

      Emily wrote on February 15th, 2012
  24. I’ve always had a cast iron upper GI tract – other than alcohol induced of course!

    I always suffered with the lower tract (diagnosed Coeliac now) and always found the best solution was a really hot/spicy chilli – it would flush (sorry) the problem out in swift order.

    Ian wrote on February 3rd, 2012
  25. I just wanted to make an addition to your latest post ( that I learned from an herbalist that came back from Asia.

    Any diarrhea you take white rice and boil (low – medium) it for about 30-45 mins until it creates a cloudy liquid from the starch. Strain out the rice and drink the water. I did this for my wife and her symptoms cleared up immediately.

    Cinnamon sticks boiled in water for 15-30mins and drink it will also help with an upset stomach.

    David wrote on February 3rd, 2012
  26. I had acute gastroenteritis in December. I thought I was never going to be the same again. I was dehydrated so I slowly rehydrated with tepid water made up with a squeeze of lemon, sprinkle of sea salt and dash of maple syrup. It made me feel SO much better. I moved onto rooibos tea, which isn’t as astringent as black or green tea. When I was ready to eat I had small amounts of white rice cooked in bone broth, moved onto boiled eggs and then plain apple sauce with ground almonds. Some CW in there I guess. It worked for me anyway.

    Charlotte wrote on February 3rd, 2012
  27. I’m just coming out of an infection that caused me to dehydrate in two days, causing acute kidney failure (pre-renal) and a day in the hospital.

    Feeling better now, I would say anything goes as long as you can drink a moderate amount of liquid not to dehydrate. I might try that ginger tea. The point is, don’t try to follow any kind of hints from others that don’t feel good for you (like hydratation solutions that make you wanna puke), just think about liquids that you enjoy and see which one sounds right, and go for it.

    And don’t wait more than you should to see the doctor!

    Emmanuel wrote on February 4th, 2012
  28. The hot peppermint tea is great, as is fennel tea.

    Heathers tummy teas are the best.

    Immodium is your friend, and 1/2 a unisom tablet combined with vitamin B-6 helps alot with nausea.

    Ii had problems for ears until I discovered it was caused by real butter and or olive oil. Margarine is fine, but real butter in any amount makes me deathly ill.

    Justin wrote on February 5th, 2012
  29. I eat lettuce like I’m a rabbit when I get sick (for me it’s normally an extended period without sleep, like 48+ hours). My favourites are arugula and spinach, followed closely by cabbage and red/green leaf lettuce. It’s just enough to get something in my stomach to help it start settling without overloading it. I eat lettuce slowly and consistently for a few hours and then move up to turkey/chicken breast, which helps move the process along. Mint and ginger teas are a staple. Real, unsweetened ginger beer/ale from the little Caribbean corner store is the last ditch effort to get something in my stomach. I find that, in general, liquids without solids doesn’t help me. I need something real for my gut to churn up. Luckily, I rarely get gut-sick anymore since going Primal – I used to get sick about once a month for no apparent reason.

    Samantha wrote on February 6th, 2012
  30. Great post – thanks for the info. I do have one question. What can I use as a throat drop? I work at a hospital, and sometimes catch colds. Currently I use Halls menthol drops when my throat gets that dry tickle. Is there anything that would be better for me?

    Mandie wrote on February 6th, 2012
  31. My doctor thinks that I might have IBS. Still have doubts about having it. All my blood work came back negative but did have slightly low iron level. x ray/ultrasound/ upper endoscopy all negative. Getting on and off pain just below sternum-some swelling. Bloating/weight gain. Doctors wants me to increase fiber including grain/veg/fruit. Any suggestions would be appreciated be going on for three months. Doctors seems to know as much as I do. Frustated.

    mike wrote on February 8th, 2012
    • Mike, am having similar symptoms and the doctor has no idea why. Did your symptoms resolve?

      Heather wrote on April 11th, 2012
  32. I just got out of the hospital after being super dehydrated after tossing all my cookies yesterday. I’m on an all liquid diet for the next few days, I was hoping someone here would have some suggestions. I’ve been drinking a glass of water or two every half hour and feel like I’ve consumed my weight in Gatorade/ carbonated water with a little ginger. I might try some chicken broth tonight. Is there any sort of spices I can add to the broth to make it a little more tasty, but not make me lose my lunch?

    Hannah wrote on August 5th, 2012
  33. I have to say that the picture for this particular article scares me every time I look at it because the roots look like someone’s fingers at first glance. It doesn’t matter how many times I see it, I always think it’s some one’s messed up hands before recognizing what it is.

    Karly Warsing wrote on October 1st, 2012
  34. I’m so happy I found this page! I’ve been suffering from a bad case of the brown-bottle flu all day – first time since going primal. My pre-primal go-tos were the usual CW stuff – saltines, dry toast, etc. I’ve kept some water down for a while, so I’m ready to move on to more substantial things! I just so happen to have some bone broth in the freezer. I’m so glad. :)

    Megan wrote on October 29th, 2012
  35. I was sick a couple days ago with food poisoning and now, even though I am better, I can’t eat without feeling queasy. I’m banking a lot on this post, but it seems really possible and a lot like common sense, so here goes nothing! Thanks for the post!

    its_a_Jinju wrote on December 20th, 2012
  36. I have been suffering for 2 days now, but this article and all the wonderful tips in the comments has helped a lot!

    One tip from me is to eat Lentil Soup on the first day, it’s so easy and gentle on the stomach, I’d also try some Actvia on the second day to help with the digestive system.

    Cheers :)

    Khoder wrote on January 2nd, 2013
  37. Last time I had a stomach bug I started off with lots of broth, then when I finally was hungry instead of hurling I was DYING for my mom’s mashed potatoes with lots of salt. She made them for me, too, and when my stomach stopped conducting the Intestinal Express Train I ate real mashed potatoes with butter and salt. Not the usual pathway for electrolytes, but it did the job.

    The nausea that came with last night’s migraine was treated with chicken broth, too.

    Kristina wrote on January 27th, 2013

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