We’ve all been through the horrors of a nasty stomach flu and/or food poisoning.
It’s plain terrible.
After hours of being sick to your stomach and possibly vomiting once – or maybe a few times – you feel like you’ve been hit by a semi-truck. You’re exhausted,. You’re weak. And you feel like a big mess.
Your gut also takes a beating, which is why I wrote this post. I’m going to give you my top tips on how to heal and recover from the torrent of a stomach flu and food poisoning with 3 easy steps.
I. Wait to Eat or Drink!
This might seem like a no brainer because who wants to jump right back into eating after that nightmare of nausea. However, once you start feeling back to normal, you might want to eat or drink a little something.
My tip is to:
- Wait at least 3 hours to drink ANYTHING
- Wait at least 5 to 6 hours before you eat anything
Believe it or not, fasting for a few hours is the best thing you can do for your digestive system to help it recover quicker. It helps things to settle down and repair. This also ensures that you won’t feel sick again due to eating to soon.
II. What Should You Drink?
After you’ve waited at least 3 hours since you felt nauseous, you can begin to introduce liquids back into your body.
My top picks are:
1. Bone Broth
An organic or chicken bone broth is an excellent first liquid after you battled stomach upset. It’s loaded with vital nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. It also contains collagen and gelatin which help to sooth and repair the lining of your gut.
You can make your own with my easy recipe. Click HERE. I usually make up a big pot and then freeze most of it so I have it on hand (for times like this).
You can also buy it. Here are some of my favorite brands:
2. Spring Water with Lemon
Sipping on fresh ice water with lemon is very refreshing after battling stomach pains. It also helps alkalize your body. Check out my recipe HERE.
3. Herbal Teas
Another great option is calming herbal teas. I personally love peppermint or ginger teas after a stomach bug as it helps calm everything down. Here are my favorite brands:
Kefir is FANTASTIC for restoring beneficial bacteria back into your gut. It’s best to make your own but check out your local health foods store to see if they have an organic, grass-fed kefir (preferably made with raw milk as pasteurization kills most of the beneficial bacteria). If you can’t tolerate cow’s milk then look for a good or sheep kefir. You can also make kefir out of young coconuts which is incredible for you!
I make my own kefir using this starter: (It only takes 12-18 hours to make)
Shake and smoothies are a great way to get some nutrients back into your body without putting stress on your digestive system.
Some of my favorite recipes are:
III. What Should You Eat?
After you’ve waited at least 5-6 hours since you felt sick to your stomach, you can begin to introduce real foods back into your body.
My top picks are:
1. Vegetable Soup in Bone Broth
A soup is a perfect first food after being sick as it’s loaded with nutrients. Cooking vegetables in the bone broth is much easier for your body to digest than raw veggies. I would advise you to make your own soup at home as buying store bought soups are loaded with sodium and usually are packaged in can with BPA and other harmful metals and chemicals. Home-made is the way to go!
Eggs are another great food to start with. Scramble up or soft boil a few eggs and your tummy will be comforted. I love THIS BRAND.
Yogurt is a great food to help reinoculate your gut with beneficial bacteria! Look for organic, grass fed brands. Check the label to make sure it isn’t loaded with sugar. I would recommend buying just plain yogurt as it usually contains the lowest amount of sugar. If you can’t tolerate cow’s milk, try a sheep or goat milk yogurt. Sheep yogurt is our personal favorite!
4. Fermented Vegetables
This post wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t recommend one of top most powerful superfoods on the planet: Fermented Vegetables! You can’t go wrong with these. My husband and I ate almost a whole jar each of fermented vegetables after a terrible case of food poisoning a few years back. And it made us feel alive and rejuvenated in a matter of minutes. It’s like our body needed it. Badly. haha
You can also buy them at the store. Just make sure that the jar says Lacto-Fermented Vegetables. We love this brand:
Thanks for Reading! I hope this information will prove helpful in case you ever need it!