Best Drinks for an Upset Stomach

We’ve all been there. Whether you partied too hard, stomach flu’d too hard, or simply get very anxious, there are few things as uncomfortable as when our gastrointestinal systems decide to rebel. And while we aren’t doctors and can’t give you medical advice (other than which chips are best, arguably as important as a physical), we can certainly tell you which drinks we on the Sporked staff turn to soothe our aching midsections and try to get some nutrients during a bout of discomfort. Here are the best drinks for an upset stomach.

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 Cucumber Lime Gatorade

It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: If you’re feeling sick in any way and haven’t been eating enough food or drinking enough water, you are probably dehydrated. And you know what they say, “Gatorade is thirst aid for when you can’t stomach anything else.” Nah, they don’t really say that. But it does have some good sugar and electrolytes in there for ya, which makes it one of the best drinks for an upset stomach. Plus, this particular flavor of Gatorade tastes like refreshing spa water with notes of crisp cucumber and lime Jell-O, and has a “wonderfully fresh cucumber scent.” Sipping this will hopefully soothe your soul a bit (whether or not it soothes your stomach).

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Canada Dry Bold Ginger Ale

The classic. The best drink for an upset stomach. Growing up, I always had ginger ale when I was sick, but I never had ginger ale like this. That is to say, bold ginger ale. What makes this ginger ale so bold, you ask? Sporked managing editor Gwynedd Stuart called this one a “punch in the nostrils in the absolute best way possible.” In other words, this stuff is GINGERY, which is perfect since ginger is a natural antiemetic and actually helps to alleviate nausea. So, whether you are on a plane, on a train, in a car, or in the bathroom (haunched over the toilet), this ginger-packed bubbly drink may just keep you from hurling.

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Epic Bone Broth Tuscan Chicken

I know, I know. Is this even a drink or is this just a liquid food? Well, I don’t have the time to delve into the philosophical conundrum that is soup, but I do have time to say that people do, in fact, drink bone broth, so, for the purposes of this article, it is a drink. And it is kind of like warm, soothing, umami Gatorade with protein, if you think about it. This stuff is a drinkable, digestible meal. Sporked contributor Danny Palumbo even said this “meaty, collagenous broth is deliciously savory, with some herbs added in that really make it sing.” I don’t know about you, but I want my broth to sing.

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PATH Still Canned Water

Yes, people. When your stomach hurts or you feel nauseous, you should be drinking water! And if you must drink water, why not drink canned water? It’s 100% more fun (and more recyclable, typically). If you’re new to the canned water world, we suggest you give PATH Still water a try. This water is so fancy it has “electrolytes added for taste” and Sporked editor-in-chief Justine Sterling even said it tasted like the “slightest tinge of rain.” Make of that what you will, this water rules.

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Traditional Medicinals Organic Ginger

Remember a couple minutes ago when I said ginger was an antiemetic? SURPRISE!!! It still is, and it truly is the best thing to drink for an upset stomach (among a few other things), which is why we are suggesting another ginger bev, this time a tea that’s a lot less sugary than Gatorade or ginger ale. If you want all the soothing bite of ginger but without the carbonation or the sugar, this organic ginger tea is your guy. Sporked senior writer Jordan Myrick said it has a “clean, simple, powerful ginger flavor,” and that’s what makes it one of the best drinks for an upset stomach.

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About the Author

Jessica Block

Jessica Block is a freelance contributor to Sporked, a comedian, a baker, a food writer, and a firm believer that Trader Joe's may just be the happiest place on earth. She loves spicy snacks, Oreos, baking bread, teeny tiny avocados, and trying new foods whenever she can. Also, if you give her a bag of Takis she will be your best friend.

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