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Stomach ache...what's a good food to eat?

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Besides dry toast, ginger ale, and soup, what can I eat that won't upset my stomach even more?


I'm not throwing up....the other end if you know what I mean, but it's been going on all morning and I'm starving

so far today I had a bowl of kashi golean, a green salad with sun dried tomatos and balsamic vinaigrette, a piece of rye toast with cream cheese, and a piece of wheat toast with minimal cream cheese (less than a tsp) and jelly.

Suggestions please?


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Crackers are great.

Chamomile tea is really good for tummy aches. It's good that you were trying to eat healthy greens but, unfortunately, the greens and the tomato can be irritating to the stomach. Tofu is good (as long as you don't have a problem with soy, it's easy to digest), and dense food that can help kind of 'slow things down'. Keep hydrated (soup is always good!).

Feel better!

i second the chamomile! i hear that dandelion tea helps too.

avoid raw (and cold) foods (fruits and vegetables) for the next couple of days. things like watermelon, papaya and pineapple especially, will probably make you go within seconds. cooked vegetables will be fine.

dry items and grains would probably be your staples, but be sure to supplement it with plenty of water. things like cereal, crackers, oats, brown rice. you might want to avoid dairy, depending, since some people are lactose intolerant when they have stomach troubles. If you gotta have that glass of milk, warm is always better than cold cause it'll help to sooth your stomach.

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Jello is usually ok for me.

And, I've never tried it personally, but I know people who eat bananas when they have a stomachache.  Something with the potassium in them is supposed to help I guess.

You should tough it out and try to eat as little as possible, really.  Plenty of fluids and the occasional piece of dry toast might be it.  The more you dump into your stomach, the more the bugs that are giving you the diarrhoea have something to feed on.  Have you taken an over-the-counter remedy such as Diocalm or similar?  They're usually pretty effective at stemming the flow.
tonic water is good, it has quinine and as it's liquid will help keep you hydrated.

It's what I use

Peppermint tea. Hope you feel better soon!

i believe anything w/ mint should help

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Dry cereal, plain oatmeal, a healthy muffin, or a sugar-free waffle. Tea is good for you when you're sick, too. Really, any kind of tea will work as long as you either drink it plain or put honey in it.

Original Post by saxie5:

Peppermint tea. Hope you feel better soon!

I've heard that peppermint tea helps relax your colon, if you're suffering from something like IBS spasms. However, if you have a stomach virus and are nauseous, I've read that it actually isn't too good to be drinking.

"Herbal teas (those without caffeine, which can stimulate acid reflux) can also help tame a troubled tummy. Chamomile is a favorite because it is thought to reduce inflammation, although pretty much any herbal brew is a great way to get liquid into your body.

****But stay away from peppermint tea. It can relax the lower esophageal sphincter, allowing acid and other stomach contents to splash up into the esophagus and cause heartburn."


If you're losing what you're eating basically, you really should try eating a banana. The potassium is needed to replenish you when you're losing a lot of your nutrients through your illness. Applesauce, rice, toast, plain oatmeal, crackers and dry cereal (as long as it's not whole weat, since that's more difficult to digest) are also plain foods to eat. I would avoid cream cheese, as that's very rich and could irritate your stomach more, since it's a dairy product.

apples always help me

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BRAT diet: bananas, rice, applesauce, toast; should help with those symptoms...
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