Stomach bug Recovery breakfast

Top tips to recover from a stomach bugs, viruses or illness this festive season

Winter is the peak time for viruses, bugs and illnesses to lurk around, so I thought with my nutrition coach hat on I’d set about researching how to help recovery from stomach issues – for kids and adults. Might also help with the Christmas Overindulgences too!

✅ Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of clear fluids, such as water, herbal tea, or electrolyte solutions, to prevent dehydration.
✅ BRAT Diet: bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. These foods are bland and easy on the stomach. (I’m working out how to incorporate them together here! Banana rice pudding??)
✅ Ginger: natural anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe the stomach – I let some ginger infuse in the hot water this morning.
✅ Peppermint can help relieve stomach discomfort. Try as tea or oil capsules.
✅ Probiotics can aid in restoring the balance of good bacteria in your digestive system. Consider consuming yogurt with live cultures or taking a probiotic supplement. (I recommend the kids and adult friendly pre and pro BioticSticks from Arbonne).
✅ Avoid Irritants: Stay away from spicy, greasy, and acidic foods, as well as caffeine and alcohol, as these can irritate the stomach.
✅ Rest: Give your digestive system a break by getting plenty of rest. This can help your body focus on recovery.
✅ Over-the-Counter Medications: Antacids and anti-diarrheal medications may provide temporary relief. Check with a health pro or the NHS website if you’re not sure what to take.
✅ Gradual Reintroduction of Foods: Once you start feeling better, reintroduce solid foods slowly and choose easily digestible options. Avoid large meals and opt for smaller, more frequent ones.
✅ Medical Attention: consult with a healthcare professional if your symptoms persist. You’ve got to listen to your body though right? You know better than anyone if something isn’t right.

Hope that helps – and hope you don’t need it! x

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