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Foods for upset stomach

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there was a recent thread about foods to eat when you've got the runs.

What about if you just have a general stomach ache? No other symptoms, just lack of hunger and a painful tummy. Would yogurt be a good idea? It seems soothing and would add some good bacteria to the area. I assume ginger, white bread, crackers are all good ideas(?)


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  1. Definitely crystalized ginger, or ginger tea to help invoke appetite... it works for me when I'm driving in the mountains.

    1. Yogurt is a good choice; I also like miso soup for this (plain, without any vegetables or anything in it).

      1. A drop of peppermint oil (not extract) in a pitcher of water has been soothing my stomache all weekend. It was great when I felt a little sick to my stomach, but also good for when I overeat.

        I read that it's recommended for IBS, too.

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        1. re: nooodles

          even easier....peppermint tea. i drink all the time for any mild stomache discomfort.

          1. re: taxchic
            Pâté chinois

            Fennel tea also works wonders! It basically saves the life of an IBS-sufferer I know, and really is soothing.

            I, also, would avoid all dairy products, as well as meats (because they are so hard to digest), and go for potatoes, white rice (fiber in brown rice hard to digest and irritating), very well cooked carrots, very little oil/butter/seasonings other than salt and herbs, and apple sauce.

            It's bland, but it puts you back on track well and quickly.

            Link: http://patechinoisco.blogspot.com

        2. Just my opinion, but I would not eat yogurt. Dairy products can be irritating to your stomach.

          1. A pilsner beer.

            1. Milk Chocolate

              1. Saltines, or dry toast do the trick for me.
                Also, literally whatever sounds good, if nothing sounds good, I'll usually choke down some crackers anyway, something in my tummy is a better idea than an empty upset stomach

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                1. re: cjla

                  My favorite is consomme rice when I'm feeling sick. Nothing special, just rice cooked in beef consomme and water with chopped onions if I'm up for that, cooked in the oven, but it's the salty and warm that gets me back eating again.

                2. Congee (rice porridge) is great for intestinal distress. Also grits.

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                  1. re: Ed

                    The stomach flu is going through our house now (last week it was my daughter, yesterday my husband and today it's me - WAH!) and I just made a HUGE vat of congee last night. Nothing better than congee for what ails you!
                    Hey Ed, while I'm here I just thought I'd mention that we're starting a soup business, hence the big vat of congee so contact me if you'd like more information:)

                  2. To generalize a prior commendation: peppermint oil is the time-honored substance for calming an upset stomach (it actually acts as a local analgesic). It's why minty things camed to be served after meals, and it works.

                    You do want to avoid having an empty stomach too long, as acids can build up and you can get gassy. So you eat easy-to-digest foods; classically, "white" foods that are the bane of South Beach and Adkins diets. Rice, grits, crackers, eggs, and diary products with live cultures that predigest the lactose (yoghurt/kefir). Et cet.

                    Tea over coffee, flat caffeine-free soda over bubbly cola (carbonation will irritate the stomach lining).

                    Avoid aspirin, of course.

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                    1. re: Karl S

                      Really? No carbonation? A glass of soda water always soothes my upset stomach. Any more info about that?

                    2. - hot ginger tea (fresh ginger)
                      - ginger ale with fresh ginger pieces
                      - water crackers/saltines (low sodium if you want)
                      - rice porridge (home made chicken soup base, soft shredded chicken, ground rice, green onions)
                      - hot peppermint tea

                      1. For those few of you who can take it,like me, you probably had to be introduced to it as a baby, Buttermilk is excellent to calm the stomach.

                        1. My old remedy is tonic & bitters.