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Foods That Can Help Relieve An Upset Stomach

Stomach upset can be brought about by a host of conditions such seasonal change, viral/bacterial infections, food poisoning. Without timely medical assistance, the problem can give rise to complications such as dehydration, nausea, headache, weakness, and fatigue, piling on the agony. While medications are essential, one should also be careful about their dietary choices. In fact, some food items are known to work wonders to ease the stomach upset and the associated complications and thus should, by all means, be included in the diet during a stomach upset.

1.Ginger

Ginger (scientific name: Zingiber officinale) is a wonder spice that comes with a myriad of health benefits. People with stomach upset, food poisoning or any other digestive problems can benefit immensely from the consumption of ginger. You can either add ginger to your food or go for the ginger tea. In fact, chewing a small piece of freshly cut ginger is also known to go a long way to ease the stomach upset and improve the overall digestive capacity of an individual.

2.Banana

Banana is another food that is often recommended in the case of a stomach upset. A rich source of potassium and many other electrolytes along with the dietary fibers, banana plays a significant role in improving the bowel movement. In addition to keeping the body hydrated, banana also helps to replenish the lost energy, all of which contributes towards alleviating the stomach upset and the discomfort and the complications associated with it.

3.Papaya

The goodness of papaya (scientific name: Carica papaya) lies in the proteolytic enzymes Papain and Chymopapain, both of which contributes to an appreciable extent to improve the overall digestion and provide relief from acid reflux, indigestion, and a plethora of other digestive problems. For maximum benefits, it is, however, best to consume papaya in moderation (until you get back to the best of your health).

4.Mint

Mint, popularly known as Pudina (Scientific name: Mentha spicata) finds its way into a variety of cuisines, smoothies, and beverages. In addition to enhancing the taste of a dish by several folds, mint is also laden with many health benefits. While the effectiveness of mint as a disinfectant and decongestant is known to all, it also comes across as a great relief in the case of digestive problems (such as bloating, gas formation), especially stomach upset. For fruitful results, consume mint candies, peppermint tea in moderation or as directed by the doctor.

5.Applesauce 

For people dealing with diarrhea or stomach upset, applesauce is what the doctor has just advised. Laden with pectin, applesauce (preferably freshly prepared and homemade) contributes to an appreciable extent to alleviate the discomfort triggered by a stomach upset or diarrhea. Sprinkling a pinch of cinnamon powder (known to aid in the better digestion of food) over it will only add to the benefits. However, it is advised to consume the applesauce in moderation to avoid unwanted side-effects.

6.Yogurt 

Yogurt is rich in probiotics (the healthy bacteria in your gut) and plays a pivotal role in improving the digestion. However, flavored yogurt can do the body more harm than good. Instead, opt for the plain yogurt that comes with the label of " Active Cultures" (meaning it will promote the growth of the healthy bacteria in the gut which would eventually help in relieving the stomach problem).

7.Plain cooked rice 

Bland foods are always a wise option when it comes to loose motion or diarrhea. During diarrhea, it is essential to consume foods that will go on to add bulk to the stool by ensuring maximum absorption of fluids. Consumption of plain cooked rice or boiled potatoes do just that and are thus highly recommended to deal with stomach upset or diarrhea. 

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