How to use the natural healing properties of foods to alleviate symptoms of nausea and upset stomach on AIP?
I am sure the concept of using foods in order to feel better and support the body’s natural ability to repair and heal isn’t new to you. But which foods are better suited to reduce nausea and upset stomach? And which of these foods are autoimmune-friendly? I have compiled a list with my top 7 recommendations, including some tips and recipes to help you incorporate these foods into your diet. Most of the items in the list are commonly found in your kitchen!
1 – GINGER
Ginger is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent and it is especially recommended for indigestion and nausea. Ginger works by relaxing the smooth muscles in the gut, thus helping food move through the digestive tract.
- Eat fresh ginger (grated over your food)
- Drink fresh ginger juice – Ginger Ale – Ginger Tea
- Use ginger essential oil
- Anti-Nausea Ginger Lollipops – Honey-Candied Ginger
2 – LEMON
Fresh lemons are loaded with Vitamin C and help relieve indigestion and upset stomachs. They work by increasing the production of bile from the liver, which in turn helps food move through the digestive tract more easily.
- Drink lemon water
- Bring a slice of freshly cut lemon up to your nose and inhale
- Use lemon essential oil
3 – PEPPERMINT
Peppermint is recommended for its anti-nausea properties and its soothing effect on the lining of the stomach and gut.
- Drink peppermint tea
- Use peppermint essential oil
- Peppermint Popsicles (use honey instead of regular sugar)
4 – APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar helps the body digest foods more easily and restore a proper stomach pH.
- Add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink 20 minutes before a meal
- Apple Cider Vinegar Drink
5 – COCONUT WATER
Coconut water has a high electrolyte content and is full of vitamins and minerals. Maintaining good electrolyte levels is important when you can’t keep foods down. It will also reduce fatigue and the stress associated with not feeling well. While drinking a full glass of water can sometimes make the symptoms of nausea worse, coconut water seems to be tolerated better by upset stomachs.
6 – BONE BROTH
Bone broth is known to improve digestion and calm unsettled stomachs. Bone broth is literally a gold mine of nutrients, is easy to digest, and is flavorful. It has been recognized to repair the lining of the gut, relieve food intolerances, alleviate joint pain, and boost the immune system.
It is during the simmering process that the healing compounds are released: collagen, glycine, and glutamine. Ready to make bone broth yourself at home?
- Instant Pot Bone Broth Tutorial
- Stock Pot Chicken Bone Broth
- Slow cooker beef bone broth
- Store-bought options
7 – CBD (CANNABIDIOL) HEMP OIL
CBD oil has been shown in many clinical studies to help reduce symptoms of nausea and vomiting.(1) The cannabinoid compounds found in CBD oil act directly on the brain receptors responsible for nausea.
CBD hemp oil, unlike marijuana, contains only trace amounts of THC, and therefore does not have psychoactive effects (read: you won’t get a high!)(2) For this reason, CBD oils are available for purchase (without a medical card) in all 50 states. It is my understanding that there is a wide variety of CBD oil products. Caution is required before selecting and trying a product. As with any other supplement, read the labels to check the ingredients and look for a trusted source.
Read the story of Matthew who recovered from severe and debilitating nausea with the help of CBD oil when no other medication had been effective. Check out this Phoenix Helix podcast as well to learn more about the use of medical marijuana and CBD oil to manage autoimmune disease symptoms.
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