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!

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. Ok:

    I am the champion in this subject: having eliminated IBS/IBD after two years of experimentation: Here is the deal:

    1) best thing is fresh made buttermilk with some fresh boiled rice in mornings and afternoons, not at night. act as pre and pro biotics.
    2) well cooked vegetables in stew or soup or chicken or meat- carrots, green beans, celery, onions, fresh herbs.
    3) avoid anything that is gassy or hard to digest: EGGS, raw vegetables, salads, eggplant, okra, nightshades, fried food. etc
    4) Dry ginger powder is better than fresh ginger for stomach issues.
    5) eat a spoon of wild oregano with sum sea salt and warm water
    6) bone broth etc is excellent
    7) eat very slowly and just 70% of being full.

    Good luck.

    1. ditto on the dry ginger powder. i also like having a bit of raw honey in my tea so i don’t feel like i’m starving to death.

      1. I take probiotics several times a week. For upset stomach, I use ginger w/green tea. Also fresh oranges or peaches, add grapes, berries frozen or fresh, squeeze lemon juice and make a smoothie. Later in the day, I mix barley juice and sprouts, raw spinach and blend it. No meats or fish during this time.

    2. legumes make my ibs-afflicted gut unhappy on a good day…FODMAPs.

  2. This couldn’t have come at a better time. I was super sick Tuesday night, coming out both ends all night. I think it was a bug from work. I was so weak and dehydrated and water just wasn’t doing it. Finally my dear friend brought me over 3 liters of the unflavored Pedialyte and I’ve been drinking that and feeling better. Finally had a scrambled egg last night.
    Bone broth is a good idea. I’ve got some thawed already.

  3. I spent all of Sunday and into Monday morning on the toilet with a bucket so I’m fresh from the trenches on this one. If I had any idea it was coming, I wouldn’t have eaten raspberries. They’re all kinds of fun coming out your nose, I tell ya!

    Add peppermint tea to your list. Calms stomachs. I keep candied ginger on hand all the time. It’s not primal and sugar is not on my SCD diet but it works and that’s all that matters.
    Nothing is going to stop the actual vomiting when you need to vomit but the peppermint tea with ginger and a heating pad stops the useless dry heaves when your body is done vomiting but caught in that endless loop it can’t stop on it’s own.
    I’ve discovered something new and delicious–old carrots. I made an emergency chicken soup with a partially eaten rotisserie chicken, onion, celery, and some old carrots. The carrots cook up soft quick but don’t have that over-cooked and pasty texture that you get with fresh carrots in soup. I’m going to do this all the time!

    1. I definitely second the mint tea, especially if your stomach’s just starting to feel a bit “off” – it works wonders.. I always keep some in my cupboards just in case..

  4. This is a good topic and very current problem on our part! My dear husband is renovating a house for us so i guess the stress of it all has got the best of him and he has been feeling sick and suffers from stomach pain. These tips are just what we need! Thank you!

  5. Two shots of “Jack” + one shot of 100 proof Hot Damn . . . j/k

    The old tsp of baking soda in 4oz of water has always helped me. I think a huge part of that is the “close to Mom” feeling it gives me as she always gave it to me when I had a tummy ache. God, I miss her!

    1. I’ve heard good things about this one, but if you’ve never done it, do it cautiously – some people react to baking soda in water with explosive diarrhea! Not exactly good when that’s part of the problem in the first place. 🙂

    2. You’re right on with the baking soda; also helps get over a cold faster drink every 4 to 6 hrs until I feel better about 1/3 t. in water.

  6. Your timing is perfect, I was just wondering about this last night when my husband thought he was getting sick. We’ve never had any illness since going primal so the thought of figuring it out on the fly was daunting. Thanks for this.

  7. Maybe you could write a piece on healing a cold with natural remedies. I’m down with a terrible sore throat etc. right now so I can eat normal foods but am looking for some relief in a more natural way than medications. Anyone have any thoughts?

    1. These things help in sore throat:

      1) boil 1 teaspoon of mint leaves, basil, cinnamon. boil till its reduced to half, strain and 1 spoon of raw wild honey. enjoy

      2) avoid cold drinks, yogurt, milk products of all kinds

      3) bone broth and soups are excellent.

      4) mark discussed turmeric tea. that is excellent too.

      good luck.

      1. Adding lemon to recipe #1 might be good for taste and a little vitamin C (also a very fit gym teacher once told the class I was in a slice of lemon in a bottle water will give you all the electrolytes you need during a workout). Ginseng, ginger, and vitamin C will all boost your immune system.

        1. You know, I think that gym teacher was right. I’ve been making diluted lemonaide lately – a 12 oz glass of filtered water with just a dash of organic lemon juice concentrate and a sprinkle of stevia. Seems to really hit the spot and work wonders, especially after a fasting workout.

        2. @rarebird: now just throw in some chia seeds to the water, lemon juice, and stevia, and you’ll have “chia fresca”

        3. @Milemom – that’s a great idea. I love chia seeds but I never thought about putting them in a drink. I just chew them. Do you let them soak or just drink them down right after adding them?

          Btw, I the lemon juice I use is not a concentrate – I don’t know what I was thinking. Its the BEST lemon juice I’ve ever used and I’m thinking that its probably extra rich in micronutrients. Its Italian Volcano Lemon Juice. !00% organic Sicilian lemons grown in volcanic soil near Mt. Etna. I found it at Costco and hope that its not a one time special purchase. I plan to get more for the pantry next time I’m at Costco.

        4. You know,, powdered ginger is better, I think most of us seem to agree here. But as a side note, if all you have access to is ginger ale, a few notes: [1] when Canada Dry’s ad campaign was “It’s not too sweet, it’s cool refreshing treat” they MEANT IT–good if you are yaking, take small sips.. Schweppes? Big no-no. Ditto for even Vernor’s. But if you’re lucky an think ahead, next time you are shopping, pick up some Red Rock if you can find it.
          And be very careful what you eat and drink in Vietnam.

      2. I’ll second the idea of avoiding dairy during sore throat/sinus incidents. I didn’t make the connection between the two until a day too late…

        1. Dairy, especially milk, is mucus producing on a good day. Don’t need any more mucus when we are already producing copious amounts with a cold.

    2. I had a rotten old code last week, and I knocked it down faster than ever with:
      – plenty of sleep. Respect the role of sleep.
      – Bone broth. It was my first time making it, and I made it right before the illness descended. Lucky timing. I DID feel better immediately after drinking it. It was strikingly soothing.
      – AND hugely, hugely helpful. Gargle with salt water. Boil the water, add salt, so that it’s salty like sea water. It does not have to be warm or hot, just very salty. THIS is the cornerstone, honestly.

      1. Hah. I’m a programmer, but I didn’t mean “code”, I meant “cold”.

      2. Sleeping off a cold is really all it takes to get through most of them if you’re eating alright. Since going primal I tend to only get sick if I don’t sleep enough and when I get a decent sleep and maybe nap away an afternoon or evening then my cold is usually gone or there are no symptoms besides maybe a little fatigue unless I lose sleep again or rely too much on coffee. Caffeine suppresses the immune system, as does sugar.

        1. Other stimulants would as well since they amp up your sympathetic nervous system and gear down your parasympathetic nervous system, readying your body for immediate quick action and not slowing you down to rest and recover.

    3. Oregano oil will end your cold symptoms almost immediately. I have three small children and we use it at the first sign of illness. For yourself, take four drops of oil (standardized to 70%)in water three times a day. You’ll be amazed how well it works. Follow with some probiotics when you’re feeling better to restore your flora. http://www.earthclinic.net is a great source for natural remedies.

      1. Earth Clinic’s website URL is earthclinic.COM … but, yes, it is a real go-to place for natural remedies.

      2. Oregano oil and clove oil literally knocked out cold sores I’ve had twice and very fast, two days. My lip peeled but it was gone. Essential oils rock!

    4. At first sign of a cold, I always take an herbal remedy called Yin Chaio. (can find it on vitacost, I use Dr. Shen’s). It can halt a cold before it even gets started. Also take zinc and sodium ascorbate (vit C), vit D. To ease sleep/breathing, I have an essential oil diffuser; eucalyptus and peppermint oils are wonderful for the sinuses (as are many others)! For a sore throat, slippery elm is good – there is a tea called Throat Coat.

    5. I’ve suffered from sore throats my entire life and have tried everything I can think of to soothe them. In my experience nothing is better than a teaspoon of salt in a 6-0z mug of very warm water. Stir until dissolved and gargle – slooooowly — head back and opening your throat as much as possible as you gargle. Spit and repeat until the mug is gone.

      Do this as many times a day as you wish. Just don’t eat or drink anything for about 15-30 min afterward.

      1. I finally had my tonsils out at 22, over 40 years ago; best thing I did, but younger is best. Find a good ENT Dr. Good luck.

    6. I second all the great suggestions so far.

      Zinc works great for me and if I start it immediately at the first hint of a cold it halts the cold completely. Must add, though – I rarely get colds and when I do I don’t get very sick anyway – so it may not work that well for everyone.

      One warning, though – stay away from zinc nasal preparations, if they are even still on the market. Seems they can cause a permanent loss of the sense of smell for some people. Stick with lozenges or throat sprays – just as effective but less risk.

      Raw honey is a natural decongestant – and will sooth the throat, even healing bacterial infections in the throat. A cup of hot water with equal parts raw honey and lemon juice is an old cold remedy. The lemon juice also works to reduce blood glucose effects from the honey.

      If you are really adventurous or just really miserable and can’t sleep, the traditional form of this cure also calls for a small shot of whiskey to be added. I usually go alcohol free with my lemon and honey – but I might add a bit of Tequila (made from agave) sometimes.

    7. I swear by slippery elm for sore throats! Natural Medicinals makes a “throat coat” tea that I drink constantly in dry winters.

    8. Try gargling Apple Cider Vinegar (a good brand) with warm water – equal parts.
      Apparently the vinegar acts as a sponge to get out all the yucky stuff, so don’t swallow it!
      I usually do it at the onset of a sore throat, and it rarely progresses, so it may not “cure” you if you’re too far along, but it should bring some relief!

    9. Fasting might work for the cold. I’ve always found gargling with salt water helps the throat. Take care.

    10. Lemons or grapefruits are the key for sore throats. Eat a whole one of either at the onset and perhaps on day two if it doesn’t fully cure it on day one…works on me and my kids.

    11. I fast when I feel a scratchy throat and take Astragalus and Elderberry, a lot of tea with a lemon without a sugar. Some raw lemon. Bone broth cooked with different dry mushrooms with added raw garlic is a good drink for a sick person. Have not being sick since started LC more than 4 years ago besides very rare scratchy throat..

    12. I didn’t see anyone mention this yet, but I always help my sore throat by either gargling or eating hot peppers! My first time I did this to cure my throat, I gargled warm water with about 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper. It did the trick to cure my throat. A few treatments a few times a day worked way better than anything I bought at the medicine store! Now, don’t be afraid to also make a cayenne pepper tea. You can look up recipes online. Enjoy and feel better!

    13. Remember to get plenty of vitamin Sunshine (or D3), and magnesium.

      1. It’s hard to get Sunshine – when you live in the “cold” area of the U.S.A.

        when you live in the winter – it’s hard to get the Sunshine.

    14. “Throat coat” tea is excellent.
      contains slippery elm, licorice and other yummy mucilaginous things that just soothe throat and bronchial passages. Great for that end of the cold dry cough that nags at bedtime. Available in most groceries and as an organic tea as well.

      For sinuses, really love Yogi tea’s “Cold Formula” in addition cardamom, cinnamon, and other usual culprits there are oranges, oregano,lemongrass and other great things. IN 20 MINUTES after a 1/2 cup my head sinuses are clear for hours. Also worked to stop my 90 year old dad’s post meal sinus drip. Cleared up his eyes and ears too!

    15. Try honey and cinnamon, (mixed, don’t do the dry cinnamon thing). 1 tsp of honey, and 1/4 tsp of cinnamon. Google it!

  8. Yep I needed this after I ate a big romaine salad after the last post on leafy greens. The last few times I’ve eaten romaine, I’ve gotten horrible stomach issues. Allergy? Not sure. Thanks for posting the cure after the post that caused my problem!

    Also, I am eating sauerkraut for the probiotics today. Used to drink plain kefir, but I’m not eating dairy currently. Probiotics get my stomach back to normal quicker.

    1. Try switching out your greens every 10 days or so and see if that makes a difference. So, eat Romaine for 9-10 days and then switch to spinach, argula, butter lettuce etc. and then switch back. We are a big Romaine family too. So, I try to switch out with more veggies like broccoli or celery.

      1. That’s good advice. The “rotation diet” is designed to help reduce/prevent food allergies/intolerances/toxicities. If I’m not mindful, I get into food ruts when I’m busy with things outside the kitchen. Have to remind myself sometimes.

        1. Yes, but if you’re tinkering with rotation, you would have romaine once every four days. It can be enormously helpful.

      2. This was the first time I had romaine in many weeks. However, my stomach has not been totally normal all week. The only other thing I introduced was Celestial Seasonings fruit teas, so I am cutting those out for awhile (maybe it was the soy lethicin?)

        1. I’ve had trouble with Romaine as well, and some reading suggested that it may have been from excessive nitrates in fertilizers on conventional Romaine. Since switching to organic, I haven’t had a problem. Hope you find a solution too!

        2. I recently read that the same sort of thing happens with spinach making it more toxic if not raised organically.

    2. I have this problem too, except mine tends to be with ALL leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, and quite a few other things that seem to make no sense. I’ve had this problem for years now. I suspect IBS, possible ulcers, and something to do with the fact that i no longer have a gallbladder. I just don’t know what to do anymore though. It never fails though anytime i have to spend the day away from the bathroom I have problems and immodium is my best friend 🙁 Does this happen to anyone else or am I just nuts?

      1. Could be the insoluble fiber which is hard on an inflamed gut. Leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables and anything with edible skin is high in insoluble fiber. Not necessarily the source of the problem, but it can be an irritant.

      2. Not to the same extent but I know people that have the same kind of reaction and I did myself. Reading the rest of the thread above here there are others.
        I’m not sure I’d be too worried about avoiding the leafy greens for a while – sounds like you need to get some gut healing done. Lots of bone broth, really well cooked veggies and meat and lay off uh, we’ll anything that doesn’t agree with you (like eggs and dairy – and grain – of course).
        Anyhow – wasn’t really chiming in to give you a whole bunch of advice on this – really only wanted to mention trying some good quality digestive enzymes. Garden of Life’s Omega Zyme do wonders for me. Expensive but nothing else had he same effect when I was trying to sort out a recalcitrant gut issue. Oh and Thorne HCL and Pepsin (especially if you’ve no gallbladder!). Check out chriskresser.com on how to cure GERD for instructions on HCL dosing.

      3. I have been having problems with most green vegetables also, even though I am 100% Paleo. I think it is all the insoluble fiber. “Safe” vegetables for IBS seem to be high soluble fiber ones like carrots and winter squashes, so I think I’m going to switch to those for awhile. Rotating things helps a lot too.

  9. I am new to the primal lifestyle and have started reading the blogs daily. So far, this one has been the most informative to me. I always have a hard time finding things I want to eat when I’m sick. I can always tell when my body needs something but never know what to give it. This has been a great help!

  10. I always have some sauerkraut or kim chi bubbling along in the kitchen, and a couple sips of the juice when I’m feeling something coming on, or after I’ve eaten something questionable is usually just what the tummy needs.
    Oh, and: ‘Shouting Groceries’?! I LOVE me some fresh euphemisms! Great article, Mark!

    1. Could you please share your kimchee recipe? I’d love to make some!

      1. It’s different every time, but instead of me typing out the laundry list of ingredients, if you type ‘ultimate kimchi’ into your search engine, it should lead you to treelight (dot) com. the page forms the basis for nearly every batch I’ve ever made. Also mentions some great techniques & philosophies of the process. Be forewarned: making kimchi can be highly addictive (but in a great way!).

    2. I know! I’ve been reading the comments just to see if I was the only one who had to read that twice! Nice one, Mark.
      (oh, and I picked up some good tips from the commenters too, but I alsways do 🙂 )

  11. Eggs are about the last thing I want to eat when I am sick. The smell alone is enough to set me off. Peppermint tea is a huge help to the, ‘I ate too much’ icky stomach and helps other nasty tummys. When I do feel good enough to eat something I usually end up eating chicken broth with well cooked root veggies.

  12. Crazy coincidence – last night started feeling a bit rough and today until a few hours ago I was in the bathroom every 30 minutes.

  13. My friend is ill with a stomach virus and I made her butternut squash soup. That turned out very well. Highly recommended for someone having trouble keeping down solid foods.

    1. Works for me when I am ready to drink something other than water.

    1. Two or three dashes in a glass of water are not a problem unless you can drink NO alcohol. I actually like a dash of bitters in club soda in lieu of a cocktail in the evening.

  14. I had a bout of the uglies eight months after going primal. When the worst was over in a couple of days, I found that the only things I could tolerate were–unfortunately–the old classics: rice and toast. Don’t know if that was the result of years & years of SAD eating, but other than peppermint tea, just the thought of things like any of Mark’s other suggestions would almost send me back to the throne. I figured it was best to go intuitive in this instance. Happily, though, after a few days on literally just “bread and water” I was able to switch back to primal eating without a hitch. Part of me wonders what my reaction might be now after more time being primal, but I’m not looking to actually live that experiment!

  15. weird but it works if you can’t keep anything down…
    a small knob of freshly peeled/chopped ginger in your belly button and secured in place with a shirt or tape will work quite impressively.

    1. That same trick works to absorb any supplements or herbs, and is especially useful for toddlers/children too young or unable to swallow supplements. We just put it in a sock, tie the end, and leave it on the belly for up to 12 hours, then replace the contents with fresh ones and repeat.

  16. How did you know my whole family is in the throes of this nasty stomach bug as we speak.
    THANKS!! 😀

  17. I have also steeped dill seed into a tea and drank that. Similar to ginger in that it calms the stomach.

    I also gave it to my babies when they were just a few months old instead of using gripe water. The gripe water had lots of sugar in it which didn’t help their already upset stomach.

    Also, like ginger, dill seed is extremely cheap! 🙂

    1. In Germany the midwives recommend tea from the seeds of fennel, anise and caraway in equal parts for babies and breastfeeding mothers. Crush, steep and drain before drinking. It settles the stomach, acts as a mild expectorant, and is supposed to increase milk production. It tastes fine! (Not at all like licorice, just “herbal”)

  18. Ephedrine gives me an upset stomach. I got some at a local health food store sold as a nasal decongestant and took several times the recommended dose. Along with that I combined lots of bee pollen, 1kg of kefir, a bunch of tyrosine and arginine+ornithine pills, and a soupy dinner – it might have been chili. Shortly after dinner I puked and dryheaved at the bottom of an outdoor staircase that goes underground to a locked door and the puke sprayed all three walls. I think it was at least a liter.

  19. Ginger tea is my absolute favorite when I have a messed up stomach. Other than that, I find myself craving salty things.

    1. Salt is also helpful for restoring electrolytes and off setting dehydration. When I’m at the stage of recovery of wanting meat stocks, I want them salty.

  20. A couple of years ago, I ended up in the ER with gastroenteritis. They did an excellent job of getting me back on my feet but I was appalled at the list they gave me of things to eat when I got home.

    Every one of them was just sugar. So, against orders, I started with bone broth and quickly went on to other mild food like chicken.

  21. At the first sign of tummy troubles I grab a couple bottles of GT’s kombucha – always helps. 🙂

  22. I grew up with crackers, jello, popsicles, and gingerale. It’s funny how hard it is to overcome habits from your childhood. I’m happy to be raising my children to crave homemade chicken broth, ginger kombucha, peppermint tea, yogurt, or smoothies when they’re feeling sick.

  23. I can understand why some people would find eggs undesirable during a recovery period from severe stomach distress. However, eggs actually are a very digestible form of protein and are not only recommended for recovery – but also for seniors. The method of cooking is also important, though. Hard boiled, soft boiled, or coddled are easier to digest and also maintain the protein in the best form.

    1. I agree. In fact, an egg yolk stirred into hot broth is supremely comforting and easy on the tummy.

  24. I recently had a bout of Norovirus–hours of vomiting and diarrhea. I found that coconut water went down great after the worst was over and helped restore some of the lost electrolytes. Ginger/chamomile/peppermint tea is also great on a sore stomach.

    1. Also, cold rather than hot foods tend to be more palatable if you’re feeling queasy.

      1. That’s how it works for me, too. First room temp water. Then when I’m a bit better, cooled beverages. Then warm when I am on the mend. That’s when I go for the meat stocks.

  25. I have just made what might prove to be an interesting discovery for gastric upset (at least mine anyway) – especially as related to taking supplements.

    Right now, the only thing that seems to upset my stomach is supplements, especially tablet/caplet form. So, I am overhauling my supplements with an eye towards reducing the distress. I replaced my calcium/magnesium supplements with a liquid pre-acidified calcium, magnesium, D3 supplement – and it was like magic! As long as I take the liquid with my other supplements (with food), there is no distress at all. If I don’t take the liquid, I still have a little distress. Any thoughts as to why the liquid might work that way are appreciated.

  26. When I was sick when I was younger (which was most of the time) it was buttered toast and strangely enough rusks and milk all the way (anyone else on board with this one?). Nowadays it’s all about the salty chicken stock and butternut squash roasted until almost obliterated. Sooo comforting!

  27. Love the food ideas for recuperation!

    I used to battle sore throats a few times a season (pre-primal), and seem to have headed off the last few I have had post-Primal by holding coconut oil (1-2 TB)in my mouth until liquid, swishing, then swallowing it. Worth a shot, anyway!

    1. That sounds effective to me. Coconut is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and just very soothing – not to mention that it tastes good :-).

  28. Great list! Don’t forget aloe vera juice. It tastes wretched but it calms the guts down incredibly fast – it’s so soothing.

    The last time I was ill and delirious my husband made me tea and dry toast. At first I thought “NO GRAINS!” but I was grateful for the fast relief..

    great idea to keep broth on hand for times like these…

    1. Bread is also a good idea to keep on hand for emergency supplies.

      I’m keeping a loaf of non-gluten bread in the freezer strictly for emergencies. One of our dogs is a real clown when it comes to eating things that she shouldn’t. She loves coconut oil, and any sort of soap or lotion. She once got ahold of a new bar of dove soap and ate most of it before I got it away from her.

      Poison control said to give her hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting and a slice or two of bread to help protect her stomach. Worked like a charm. Didn’t make her hate soap, though – darn it!

      Bread is also given to dogs when they swallow other things like pins or needles – to help them pass more safely, if they will.

      Probably works good for other instances like kids swallowing things, but I’d check with the pediatrician first.

  29. My mother, who is an acupuncturist/herbalist, said that there was a reason why Asian fish dishes were usually served with ginger, either cooked with the fish, or served on the side. It was perhaps to combat or prevent the slight possibilities of food poisoning from fish.

    Works with motion-sickness nausea, too. My stepdad was suffering from sea sickness on a small expedition ship. When my mom discovered the galley didn’t have ginger, they went to a market in the next port. She smuggled a small piece of ginger back on board and made him ginger tea, which worked.

  30. Thanks for the list, I’ve had only two episodes of upset stomach in the past year and ate pretty much my regular meals, I think with your advice things recovery will be much better next time.

  31. In my experience most of the time that one has vomiting or diarrhea, the cause is food poisoning. All foods are potential causes of this problem. I think that it is rare to have a flu that causes these symptoms. I can remember having and seeing many cases of the “stomach flu” that I feel certain were actually food poisoning. Here are the most common foods to cause the problem.

    I have had food poisoning so many times that I spent a lot of time attempting to find a solution. What I found is that if you can kill the bacteria in your stomach before your body goes into hyper mode, you can dodge most of the unpleasant symptoms. Potassium iodine kills these bacteria. I always have a bottle of this with me. If I don’t feel right after eating something, I take two of the 325 mg tablets. I have been successful with this strategy up to about five hours after I consumed the bad food. I think that grapefruit seed extract might also work, but I have not tried it.

    1. Grapefruit seed extract is like magic for food poisoning. I picked up a ten-day case of the runs in Italy … lost 15 pounds and felt awful. A friend gave me some GSE and that night I slept through the night and didn’t have any more diarrhea thereafter!

      1. Ok Sheila, £10 down but a bottle of GFS extract up I’m keen to try this on day of hugging the thrown! It sure seems strong enough to disinfect a cesspool – “in case of contact with skin rinse for 10minutes”!!

  32. In the event of serious digestive problems (such as chronic diarrhea) the best course of action is no solids for a while. When I was diagnosed with Celiac, my sister-in-law gave me nothing but bone broth and very strong homemade ginger tea for two weeks. It gave my gut a chance to heal. After being too ill to look after my children for 6 weeks, I felt amazing after the fourth day.

  33. Ahh! I needed this about three days ago! I was searching everywhere for what do eat when sick and still stay primal (the CW BRAT, bananas, rice, applesauce, toast – just doesn’t fit).

    At least I’ll know for next time.

  34. Will certainly be printing this article for reference! Thanks Mark!

    While everyone is commenting on natural remedies, I could use some advice. I currently have pneumonia. I have the prescribed antibiotics, inhaler, etc. However it does not seem to be improving as well as I hoped. I see the doc again next week (once the antibiotic course is done) Are the any tips of tricks from a primal standpoint??? Any help is greatly appreciated 🙂

    1. I have asthma and have been through the ringer with respiratory infections. What helps me is extract of Pelargonium Siodides. You can get a bottle of it sold as “Breathe Free” from Amazon. (Just make sure you get the full strength and not the homeopathic.) It’s a kind of African Geranium and it works really well for respiratory infections.

  35. 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!

  36. 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…

  37. 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!

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. Now I have a question for you. I had been on the diet outlined at https://www,naturalhealing by bee.com 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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!!

  45. 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

  46. 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

  47. 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.

  48. 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

    1. 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.

  49. 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.

    1. 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.

  50. 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.

    1. 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.

  51. 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.

    1. 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.

  52. 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!

  53. 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.

    1. I like your suggestions about tweaking the bone broth. Sounds tasty and effective.

  54. 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.

    1. 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?

    2. 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)

  55. 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.

  56. I just wanted to make an addition to your latest post (https://www.marksdailyapple.com/what-to-eat-on-an-upset-stomach/#more-26617) 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.

  57. 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.

  58. 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!

  59. 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.

  60. 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.

  61. 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?

  62. 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.

    1. Mike, am having similar symptoms and the doctor has no idea why. Did your symptoms resolve?

  63. 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?

  64. 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.

  65. 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. 🙂

  66. 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!

  67. 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 🙂

  68. 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.

  69. Usually after my first day suffering from a stomach bug. I can eat a bowl full of gnocchi with some butter and even a tiny bit of grated cheese. Toast is good too. I can stomach plain pasta with butter as well. I drink plenty of water but take it in small amounts or it comes back up again.

  70. If you were to look in the Bible …….. It says in the Bible …….. in James 5:1 – until the end of James ……..

    it says that you should use the oil of OUR PEOPLE – which is Olive Oil – for “healing” purposes.

    And if some one is sick – you can use it for – people who are sick.

    Just take the oil and anoint the person who is sick – in the name of the LORD (or JESUS).

    And it is also very good for cooking.

    And for using on the skin – if you have “bad” skin – or dry skin.

  71. I’ve gotten food poisoning many times and deal with a fickle stomach every now and then. Apples and peanut butter.

    Small sips of water or gatorade to replenish electrolytes if you can’t keep down water.

  72. My mom has the stomach virus and everything she ate or drank made her go. It’s been 3 days now, she still can’t eat anything. She even went to the doctor but even the medicine didn’t help. So you’re saying that apples will stay in the stomach, and not come out? Are you sure apples will stay in the stomach and not leave the body? Okay if you say so.

  73. I had 6 hours of mild food poisoning today. I wasn’t too sick after 6 hours to be hungry but the last thing I wanted was meat, fat or vegetables. I ended up “allowing” myself a small Russian potato “dumpling”, ginger tea and then some cauliflower soup. I feel better and I think a small amount of potato or rice can be helpful when your appetite is okay but your stomach is sour. Broth might be good for your gut but it doesn’t feel satiating when you are actually hungry. I ended w a few berries.

  74. I hate to say it, but carbonated water makes carbolic acid in your stomach. Best to leave it plain. And clear liquids should definitely start with vegetable broths before you go to any bone broths – which contain proteins, and will cause bile and gall (which are irritating to sick gut lining) to come into your system, ready or not. Before the bone or meat broths, I would go from clear vegetable broths to cooked apple, without the peel, or banana. These have pectin, and are soothing and gentle in your gut. When you are famished, and must have some protein, start with yogurt or kefir before the bone broth, to restore some lactobacilli to your gut. Take it slow, with small quantities at a time.
    With both a daughter who had IBS (yes, we cured it with a primal diet), and a 91-year-old mother with IBS, I do know whereof I speak…

  75. I’ve had the stomach flu for two days and the thought of eating anything with that makes me want to vomit! All I want is soup with noodles and some sort of water with electrolytes in it. But then that’s going totally against Keto With the noodle soup. I just don’t know what to do right now. I need to refuel my body I feel so weak I cannot stomach the idea of fatty foods right now