While the BRAT diet is often considered one of the best foods to eat with upset stomach and diarrhea, physicians also advise the sufferers not to try some certain foods because they are very likely to make the symptoms worse. And the typical foods to avoid when having upset stomach include caffeine-containing foods and drinks, spices, gas-producing foods, high-fat foods, carbonated drinks and beer, and the like.
1. Foods and drinks with high caffeine content. There are a few reasons for the link between caffeine and an upset stomach. First, it stimulates production of stomach acids and then causes heartburn, which at the end leads to stomach problems. Second, as a stimulant it increases heart rate and finally contributes to nausea. Third, it tends to lead to an increase in gassiness. Fourth, it makes people poop and then can worsen or prolong diarrhea. Fifth, it can cause dehydration since it has been considered a diuretic. So, try not to use tea, coffee, chocolate, and many soft drinks when having upset stomach.
2. Spices. The BRAT diet has been recommended for people with gastrointestinal distress, partly because it is bland. Apparently, spices and seasonings are just the opposite since they can irritate the stomach and intestines. What’s worse, seasonings like pepper can make a bad situation worse if the patients have adverse reactions to them. In this case, the body needs more recovery time than usual because of the presence of gastrointestinal irritants added in the meals. So, it is a good idea to keep meals as simple as possible in order to help soothe the aching belly sooner. However, it is worth mentioning that spice can get the patients on the road to recovery faster when small quantities of spice are combined with ginger.
3. Gas-producing foods. They can worsen the symptoms of upset stomach by creating too much gas buildup in the stomach or small intestine as they’re digested. So, the sufferers should avoid or reduce the amount of gas-producing foods, for obvious reasons. The vegetables are the typical food that causes gas. That’s to say, the sufferers shouldn’t eat fructose-containing onions and artichokes and raffinose-containing cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and asparagus.
4. High-fat foods. A diet high in saturated fat, especially the unhealthy, man-made trans fats, can lead to a variety of health problems. Unfortunately, trans fats are often used to deep-fry foods these days. They can delay stomach emptying and make the eater feel uncomfortably full. In this case, they cause occasional upset stomachs because they can put a lot pressure on the stomach. So, if possible please avoid hamburgers, fries, fried chicken, tacos, and other fast foods since they are high in both total fat and saturated fat.
5. Carbonated drinks and beer. Those with upset stomach should avoid carbonated drinks because carbonation has a less-than-pleasant effect on the stomach. To be specific, they can produce gas and induce belching. So, for those with upset stomach, peptic ulcers or irritable bowel disease it is recommended to limit the intake of sparkling wine, sparkling water, beer, and soda. Besides, the patients should not use the drinks high in sugar and calories too because they can also bother the stomach.
Besides of avoiding the above-mentioned list of foods, when having an upset stomach blows the sufferers should still try to eat little and often to reduce or avoid stomach irritation and make foods easier to digest.