A stomach bug is likely to bring about nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping. The last thing you may want to do while you have a stomach bug is eat, but certain foods may settle your stomach and help you feel better. Eating bland foods is the best way to maintain your energy without causing additional nausea and vomiting. Add one or two of these foods and you may start feeling better soon.
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Dry foods from the grain group are bland enough to help settle your stomach. Soda or saltine crackers are a common way to help to ease nausea and keep some food down. Other bland grain foods include rice and toast. A half cup of plain rice will give you a small amount of energy and is less likely to cause you to vomit. A slice of whole wheat toast can have similar healing properties by giving you a small amount of energy without causing additional nausea.
Gelatin is another food that you will likely be able to keep down while suffering from a stomach bug. Any flavor of gelatin may have a positive effect on your stomach symptoms. Choose a flavor you like so you are less likely to be turned away from the scent or taste. Eat a small bowl of gelatin every few hours to keep your blood sugar regular and provide a bit of energy to help you get over the virus. Bananas are an additional food that can help ease your stomach symptoms and you can slice one or two and add them to your gelatin before placing it in the refrigerator to set.
A bout of stomach flu can lead to dehydration because you lose essential nutrients when you vomit or when you have diarrhea. Clear sodas, such as ginger ale or lemon-lime varieties as potential stomach settlers. John D. Kirschmann, author of "Nutrition Almanac," adds that oral rehydration solutions will rebalance your electrolyte levels, which are upset when you vomit or have several episodes of diarrhea. Another clear liquid that can ease symptoms and prevent dehydration is broth, such as chicken or beef. Avoid any beverage with alcohol or caffeine, even if is clear, because both alcoholic and caffeinated beverages can exacerbate symptoms and make you feel even worse.
- "Nutrition Almanac"; John D. Kirschmann; 2006