Suffering From Diarrhoea? Stay Away From These Foods
Are you passing loose or watery stool? Then you are probably suffering from diarrhea. It’s a kind of bowel infection caused by virus or bacteria. For some diarrhea lasts for a day or two while for some others it may last longer.
- Diarrhoea results in too much fluid loss of the body
- Besides medication, it's rather more important to follow the dos and don’ts regarding food
- The more you are cautious about food you eat, the more quickly your body heels and replenishes to the earlier healthier state
Diarrhoea makes you lose too much fluid in your body. So besides taking medicinal treatment, it is rather more important to know what not to eat when you are suffering from diarrhea. Here are some of the things you should avoid when you have diarrhea.
You should be careful right from the first occurrence of diarrhea as eating foods against your weak stomach could further escalate the disease. The first group of foods to avoid is the products made from milk. The dairy products contain lactose and in diarrhea, you lose a whole lot of lactase enzymes which is needed to digest lactose, a type of sugar generally found in dairy products.
If the lactose goes undigested it could further aggravate diarrhea symptoms such as gas, nausea, bloating, etc.
Some of the foods containing lactose are milk, cheese, ice cream, candies and other sweetmeats. On the other hand, dairy products such as curd or plain yogurt containing probiotics properties will actually help heal your body against diarrhea.
Foods with high content of fat can increase intestinal contractions and can further cause reactions to an already sensitized system, assuring you more trips to toilets. Some foods of this nature are fast foods, fried foods, greasy foods, gravy covered foods and foods which are rich in protein such as red and white meat.
Caffeine or carbonated beverages
For the individuals who are healthy they won’t be affected with caffeine or carbonated beverages, however, each of them have the potential to cause gastric irritation. So it’s better to avoid until and unless your digestive system returns to normal working.
Flat soda should also be avoided as the constituents in soda can actually fan the flames further. Take just plain water or some oral rehydration solution to replenish lost fluids.
Gas-producing foods contribute to diarrhea and it’s a well-known fact. It is present in both vegetables and certain fruits. Foods with gassy effects are beans, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, peaches, plum, pears and dry fruits.
For certain period of time, you can choose leafy greens, strawberries, blueberries, melon, pineapple, etc. as an alternative.
Some people have the tendency of dealing a lot with diarrhea due to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D). These people must avoid high FODMAP (Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides and Polyols) diet.
FODMAPs are short chain of carbohydrates found in honey, fruits and vegetables known to have the potential to increase IBS. In fact low FODMAP diet could help control gut symptoms.
In addition to the above-mentioned foods, following good food hygiene like safely stored foods, thoroughly washing foods and refrigerating leftovers might prevent diarrhea to some extent.