Gastric flu, medically known as viral gastroenteritis, occurs when a specific virus attacks your gastrointestinal tract. The virus can inflame your intestines and stomach, causing vomiting and diarrhea. In this attack on the digestive system, you may not only miss the intake of important nutrients, but also lose the basic electrolytes that your body needs to survive. When you are sick, carefully choosing what you eat can help you cope with stomach flu; therefore, follow your health care provider's nutritional advice to optimize your recovery.
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Although gastric influenza has a common name, it is not caused by influenza virus, but by any one of many other viruses. For example, rotavirus is the most common cause of gastric influenza in children, while norovirus is a common cause of viral gastroenteritis in adults, reported by the National Center for Information Exchange on Digestive Diseases. Other viruses causing gastric influenza include adenoviruses, astroviruses and Sapov viruses. In addition to vomiting and diarrhea, you may also experience abdominal cramps, headaches and fever during your illness, which may last for one to ten days. The greatest risk of gastric flu is dehydration and electrolyte loss; however, you can choose to eat liquids and solids for breakfast and throughout the day to reduce the risk. liquid vomiting and diarrhea can lead to dehydration. It is very important to replenish the fluid lost by the body. If you don't drink all night, the liquids you drink at breakfast may be particularly important. However, your stomach needs rest to recover, and your breakfast can be a balancing act between restoring your digestive tract and providing your body with the nutrients it needs. If your stomach is still uncomfortable, you may want to suck borneol at the beginning of breakfast. From there you can enter light liquids, such as broth, diluted juice or sports drinks, which provide you with water and electrolytes. As your recovery progresses, your breakfast can include solid food.