What To Eat After Having Food Poisoning?

When you have no time to look after yourself, you are bound to spend less time thinking about eating healthy and exercising. The result of this is you will stay sick most of the time and experience health issues such as food poisoning.

Food poisoning occurs when you eat contaminated, old or undercooked foods. This can happen with food bought from the outside as well as the one cooked at home. Microbes such as Campylobacter, E. coli, norovirus, Salmonella, or Vibrio are mainly the reason behind the upsetting of the stomach.

Consequently, you will end up vomiting, having diarrhea, and fever. Other issues such as stomach pain and flatulence are also common. Food poisoning is a common condition that can be treated with medication.

However, it can be quite disturbing and cause problems in your work or school performance. In addition, it can also be recurring and come back if you are not careful enough. As the body heals itself, you will get your appetite back and would want to eat to feel energetic again.

At this stage, many people wonder what to eat that will keep the food poisoning from coming back. What you eat after the stomach gets back to normal is quite important to get your energy levels back and hydrate your body properly.

On the contrary, continuing to consume unhealthy foods can lead to recurring food poisoning and a couple of other problems including dehydration. Therefore, it is important to know what foods to avoid and what to eat after having food poisoning.

What Are the Best Foods To Eat After Food Poisoning?

The best thing to eat after passing the food poisoning stage is foods that are light and easy to digest. In addition, liquid foods are particularly great for restoring hydration. Following are some of the foods  that you can consume after food poisoning:


Bananas are not only delicious to eat but can also help soothe your stomach. You can eat bananas both after and during food poisoning. The potassium in these yummy fruits can help restore your lost electrolytes and provide you with energy.


Yogurt and fermented foods are full of probiotics and can help balance the gut microflora. Consuming such foods during the food poisoning stage is also a good idea. You can also try combos. For example, try to add a banana to your bowl of yogurt. This will be both light and fulfilling.


Oatmeal is by far one of the healthiest foods. It is nutritious and is loaded with dietary fiber, vitamins, and mineral that can especially help with diarrhea. The only thing to keep in mind is to have low-sugar oatmeal or not adding sugar at all.

Clear Broths

Clear broths, especially bone broth, is a great source of proteins and probiotics. Health professionals often recommend adding it to the general diet. Bone broth will help you will fever and a sore throat as well. It is especially food in colder seasons.

Plain Potatoes

Boiled and baked potatoes are good to have after having food poisoning due to their starchiness and the presence of nutrients in them. You can also add a little seasoning on the top of your potatoes. Do not consume deep-fried or any unhealthy version of potatoes.

Which Foods Should You Avoid?

While having healthy and light food, it is also a good idea to not eat the potentially harmful foods in between. Examples include dairy products, high fat and oily food, and spicy foods.

In addition, do not trust the drinks that are said to restore the ‘electrolyte imbalance’. Instead, drink lots of water. Drinks to stay away from include, coffee, alcohol, and caffeinated tea.

Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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