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/ Source: TODAY & # 39; HUI
By Keri Glassman, R.D.
This may not be the most glamorous subject, but it is a subject that deserves to be addressed because it concerns us all. Diarrhea. Just reading the word can make you cringe, but the next time you spend more time in the bathroom, you'll want to read this. So, let's talk.
What causes diarrhea?
Diarrhea can be caused by a variety of reasons including viral infection, bacterial infection, food poisoning, medication, food allergy or food intolerance. Often it is acute and lasts a few days. When it is chronic and persists, it is often linked to a more serious gastrointestinal disorder.
What to eat when you have diarrhea:
The last thing a lot of people want to do when they have diarrhea is to eat, but if you let them go for a few hours, you'll be hungry and you'll want to eat. And your body needs fuel to recover too.
The best advice against diarrhea is the BRAT diet:
- Apples (or applesauce)
These foods are mild for the stomach as they are bland. In other words, they must not disrupt the digestive system and will also help bind and strengthen the stool. You can also add plain crackers and cooked cereals such as cream of wheat.
Do not forget to drink water!
When you have diarrhea, you must also remember to hydrate yourself. You lose a lot of fluids and it is essential to replenish your body. The coconut water, bone broth or any other clear broth and ginger tea give good results. And of course, rest and consult your doctor if the symptoms persist or if you have a high fever.
What not to eat when you have diarrhea:
Spicy foods, citrus fruits, fatty foods, meat, raw vegetables, fruits, alcohol and artificial sweeteners are also to be avoided in case of diarrhea.
Your diet in general can have a significant impact on the timing and frequency of diarrhea. You may want to consider going on a low FODMAP diet. The acronym FODMAP stands for oligo, di, monosaccharides and fermentable polyols. I know, a lot easier to just say FODMAP. Let's stay with that!
FODMAPs are difficult to digest because they can cause a host of gastrointestinal symptoms such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation in millions of people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). If you suffer from chronic diarrhea, it is because studies have shown that almost 75% of people with IBS find relief when a diet containing little FODMAP is used.
You can also consider taking a probiotic. Your intestines are filled with millions and millions of "good" bacteria and are extremely important for healthy digestion. Diarrhea can unbalance intestinal bacteria and probiotics (good bacteria) can help you stay healthy, especially after diarrhea. Talk to your doctor before changing your diet or starting a probiotic.