Foods to Eat When you have Diarrhea

Foods To Control Diarrhoea

Diarrhoea is perhaps one of the most common yet the most loathsome condition that everyone experiences one or the other time. It has many causes- it can be due to a potential gastrointestinal disorder such as irritable bowel syndrome, infections such as gastroenteritis or could also be a side effect of certain medications such as antibiotics.

While all of us do have some over-the-counter medications to control diarrhoea in our medicine cabinets, little do we know that mere diet can also sometimes help to curb diarrhoea. A person having diarrhoea loses a lot of water and essential electrolytes.

    The main aim of dietary management of diarrhoea is to restore fluid and electrolyte balance. Let us find out which foods can actually be beneficial for you when you have diarrhoea:

Bananas and Applesauce:

  • Bananas are great source of potassium, the electrolyte that is often lost during diarrhoea.
  • Bananas and apples are also a good source of pectin, which is a soluble fibre, which helps to reduce diarrhoea.

White rice:

  • White rice is a good source of carbohydrates and is easy on your digestive system.
  • It also has adequate soluble dietary fibre, which helps to make your stool bulkier.

Toast, crackers and pretzels:

  • These foods are bland, add to the bulk of the stool, plus they are also high on sodium. Thus, they are great for people with diarrhoea.

Soups and broths:

  • If you have diarrhoea, you are losing a lot of fluids.
  • Soups made of vegetable and meats are digested easily, are highly nutritious, and help to restore fluid loss.

Coconut water:

  • Coconut water is a rich source of electrolytes. Having coconut water is indeed a great way to replenish all the depleted stores of electrolyte and fluids.

Yogurt/ Kefir:

  • These are easily digestible (when compared to other dairy products) and more importantly, they are also rich in probiotics.
  • Probiotics are the bacteria which replace the gut microbiome or assist in their function and help to maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract.

Lean meat and scrambled eggs:

  • Diarrhoea makes you really fatigued. Lean meats such as baked chicken, pork and beef provides you with proteins which helps to maintain your energy levels.

Boiled potatoes:

  • Boiled and mashed potatoes have a good carbohydrate content which helps you to provide energy.
  • Plus, they are also rich in electrolytes such as sodium and potassium and also certain important vitamins.

    In addition to knowing what to eat, you should also know what not to eat.

  • Avoid sugary, spicy, deep fried food and high fat dairy. These foods put additional pressure on your stomach and may aggravate diarrhoea.
  • In some people, diarrhoea is caused by food intolerances such as lactose or gluten intolerance, in such cases the food that you are intolerant to (lactose- milk products, and gluten- wheat, barley, rye etc) must be avoided.
  • Avoid foods that produce gas such as cabbage and cauliflower. Beverages that contain caffeine such as tea, coffee also stimulate the digestive system and may worsen your symptoms. Carbonated drinks irritate the gastrointestinal tract and also cause flatulence, hence must be avoided.

Diarrhoea makes you tired, so the importance of taking rest and letting your body heal should not be underestimated. Limit physical activities as they can further increase dehydration. Sip in water throughout the day, keep yourself well hydrated.


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