The Best Foods to Eat to Prevent Vomiting

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The Best Foods to Eat to Prevent Vomiting
Many restaurants offer peppermints for overeaters. (peppermint candies image by Margaret M Stewart from Fotolia.com)

The best way to prevent vomiting is to do something about it when you start to feel nauseous. Nausea, or upset stomach, is the first sign that you might vomit. There are many ways to prevent vomiting, including the use of over-the-counter medicine. Certain foods can also help if eaten as soon as you start feeling sick, and they will calm your stomach and prevent vomiting. Eating these foods is an easy way to prevent vomiting without taking a medicine.

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Peppermint

Peppermint is a powerful herb often used for an upset stomach. It calms and relaxes the stomach muscles. Food digests easier after eating peppermint because it helps the flow of bile in the stomach. Many restaurants provide peppermint candies for customers after their meal. You can also drink peppermint tea to prevent vomting.

Ginger

Ginger has been used for medicinal purproses for more than 2,000 years, not only to help prevent vomiting and settle an upset stomach, but also to treat arthritis, heart problems, and diarrhoea, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. For an upset stomach, you can suck on crystallised ginger like it is candy. You can make ginger tea from fresh ginger. The easiest way to get ginger into the system is to drink gingerale.

Saltine crackers

Saltine crackers are often provided to customers in restaurants. After you've eaten too much at that buffet, you can nibble on a cracker to ward off that upset stomach. Saltine crackers absorb excess stomach acids that have built up from overeating, and calms the stomach. Other starchy foods work the same way.

BRAT diet

The BRAT diet is used for both upset stomach and diarrhoea. It is most often used to help children, but will help adults as well. BRAT stands for bananas, rice, apples and toast. The BRAT diet prevents vomiting or stops vomiting. These foods are low in fibre, and bananas are high in potassium. Bananas provides a quick way to get nutrients back in the body after losing from vomiting. You can eat many variations of these foods. Rice can be cookied rice or dry rice cereal. Apples could be fresh apples or applesauce.

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