Blog 4/5/2017

Weekly Clinical Service Dose: What to Eat (and Avoid) When You Have the Stomach Flu!

If you’ve been hit by the stomach flu, usually called viral gastroenteritis and is an entirely different beast from the common flu, you probably won’t feel like eating or drinking much.

So, what should you eat and what should you avoid when you have the stomach flu?

Here’s a quick guide to good and not-so-good choices until your stomach is back on track again.

DO:

DRINK PLENTY OF CLEAR LIQUIDS!

  • Water
  • Clear soda (Let ginger ale or lemon-lime soda sit on the counter in an open container so it goes flat)
  • Herbal tea
  • Broth
  • Over-the-counter electrolyte replacements

All these will help you to avoid dehydration. Severe dehydration could mean a trip to the ER to receive IV fluids.

DON’T:

YOU SHOULDN’T DRINK!

  • Coffee
  • Caffeinated soda
  • Alcohol

Caffeine contracts your intestines, which can make diarrhea worse. Alcohol, which acts as a diuretic and can aggravate your stomach.

DO:

EAT COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES!

  • Potatoes
  • Whole grains
  • Rice toast

DO:

EAT LEAN MEATS!

  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Turkey

DON’T:

EAT TO MANY FOODS THAT ARE HARD TO DIGEST!

  • Fatty
  • Greasy
  • Spicy
  • Salty foods.
  • Dairy and
  • Tomato-based dishes

REMEMBER

  • Never force yourself to eat if you don’t feel like it.
  • Suck on ice chips if you can’t keep anything else down.
  • See your physician if you haven’t been able to keep down for 24 hours, show signs of dehydration, vomit blood/have bloody diarrhea or have a fever above 102 F.

Have a  question? Contact us at AskANurse@DirectPathHealth.com

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