What to eat and drink when feeling nauseous.

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Have you ever had an unexplained bout of nausea, all of a sudden and without cause? You’re not alone; it happens, and for a variety of reasons. Of course, some causes are physically induced, such as pregnancy; lots of women face some sort of stomach upset at some point during pregnancy, be it at the very beginning or all the way up to childbirth. And of course, motion disruptions can cause nausea; try to jump on a ship and with the rocking, see what your stomach does.

But the thing about nausea isn’t that it is a stomach thing; it starts in the brain. But the whole body can feel kind of crummy if you experience this.

There are some steps you can take to tame that feeling, of course. One is to make sure the nausea doesn’t cause you to stop drinking plain liquids and become dehydrated. What else is important? This graphic makes it clear.

Water and light or clear beverages

Even when you’re healthy, being dehydrated can leave you feeling pretty crummy. When you already feel awful, dehydration exacerbates the effect. And, if you have a fever and/or ­­struggle to keep food or drinks down, you could become dangerously dehydrated without realizing it. Water alone is a great start, but if you lose fluids through vomiting or diarrhea, you may want to incorporate sips of coconut water, clear juices, or sports drinks. Flat ginger ale can also be a good option, but be cautious with carbonation as this could upset your stomach further.

Beverages and foods that are cold may be more appealing (or less likely to turn your stomach) than warm ones because they’re typically less fragrant. Sip small amounts rather than guzzling a whole glass, and consider sucking on small ice chips or a popsicle.


This ancient herb has historically been used to relieve stomach upset, and the evidence that it works isn’t only anecdotal, it’s been proven in a variety of modern scientific studies, too. Keep in mind that effectiveness is tied to the amount consumed: Most studies use ½ to 1½ grams (or the equivalent) of dried ginger daily. But many common methods of consuming ginger (ginger tea, ginger ale, candied ginger slices, ginger cookies) make it hard to measure how much you’re getting. Taking ginger capsules or using your own fresh or dried ginger for tea is probably the best way to track your intake. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before using ginger for nausea.

Broth or simple soups

When you’re ready to venture beyond clear fluids, broth is a great next step because it provides hydration, electrolytes, and a little more flavor, which may help you ease into real food. Broth is also a versatile base you can add more nutrition to in the form of chicken (diced small), vegetables, noodles, or rice as your body becomes capable of handling heartier fare. Just be sure to keep the spices and seasonings to a minimum at first.

Bland, dry starchy foods

Bread, crackers, rice, noodles, and other similarly simple foods are sick-day staples, although interestingly, this is one nausea-fighting food group that lacks scientific research to back up its effectiveness. It’s believed that starchy foods may help absorb some of the stomach acid that contributes to feeling nauseated, and it’s well-documented that we’re more likely to experience nausea on an empty stomach than when we’ve eaten a little something. So if you’re up for it, try nibbling on a soda cracker or a little steamed rice. You can add a small amount of seasoning, such as salt (or ginger) if it sounds appetizing.

If you’re interested in finding out what other food stuffs could actually help see off that nasty feeling then check out the full article here


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