Nothing can help your digestive system more than friendly bacteria to restore immune system balance and help to fight pathogens. Probiotics have been shown to significantly reduce bouts of diarrhea caused by viruses and bacteria. (7)
Dairy can be hard to digest but fermented dairy like plain yogurt or kefir might be tolerable (a recipe for dairy-free and electrolyte-rich coconut water kefir can be found here). Try miso soup and kombucha tea; both are soothing, nourishing, and easily tolerated.
If you’re nauseous or vomiting, the last thing you may want to do is eat. Letting your body purge may seem like the best course of action so go with it. Remember that hydration is still important, so if you can’t bring yourself to drink anything, suck on ice chips. When you’re ready to eat again, take it slowly with small amounts of bland foods and clear liquids.
6. Clear Liquids
If you can drink, do. Hot, cold, or room temperature doesn’t matter—whatever feels good. Avoid caffeine, milk, cheese and alcohol. Bone broth is very nutritious, pre-biotic, and easy on the stomach. Herbal teas and infused water can also help hydrate and ease gastroenteritis symptoms. Sip slowly.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix 1 tablespoon of ACV and 1 tablespoon of honey in 1 cup of warm water. Drink twice a day, ideally once in the morning and a second time in the evening. This simple drink can help with gas and cramps.
The stomach flu is nasty and can really hit hard. Fortunately, it usually passes in a couple of days. With adequate rest, replenishment of fluids, and gentle nourishment, you can help to relieve the worst of its symptoms.