Diarrhea can be an uncomfortable and overwhelming experience.
It’s unpleasant enough to have diarrhea, but the thought of eating anything while experiencing it is not pleasant.
In this blog post, we will explore what you should eat with diarrhea – or if you should even try to eat anything at all. As a disclaimer, there are no specific foods that treat diarrhea.
The cause of the diarrhea must be determined first before any treatment can take place.
There are certain types of food that may help to ease some symptoms, but they should not replace medical care from your doctor or healthcare practitioner if you suspect anything more serious than an upset stomach is going on.
In most cases what someone with diarrhea needs is fluids and electrolytes – which many fruits and vegetables provide as well as other natural remedies such as ginger tea.
It’s important to stay hydrated during this time because dehydration can make the situation worse by worsening abdominal cramps and causing nausea or vomiting in addition to providing less energy for recovery efforts.
If you have access to safe drinking water, water is the best option. If you don’t have safe drinking water, fruit and vegetable juice is a good option to both provide fluids but also electrolytes.
Eating bananas or other potassium-rich foods can be helpful because of the nutrient’s role in nerve function.
It’s important to hydrate your body with fluids that contain electrolytes or replace lost salts and minerals through natural remedies like lemonade, ginger tea, sports drinks, bouillon cubes dissolved in hot water (and then cooled if desired), chicken soup with a little rice added for more potassium and other nutrients.
If you can’t get any of those items easily try coconut milk mixed into juice or boiled down fruit juices as an alternative.
Foods to avoid when you have diarrhea
Diarrhea is a common condition that can be caused by many different things. It is often accompanied by abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and fever.
Diarrhea can range from mild to severe or even life-threatening depending on the cause.
In this blog post I will list some foods you should avoid when suffering from diarrhea as they may worsen your symptoms and lead to dehydration.
The best thing to do is stay hydrated with water and avoid any other fluids or food.
If you are still hungry, then opt for bland foods like toast, rice, crackers, bananas and yogurt.
Avoid caffeine, solid foods like meats, Spicy foods, and alcohol because they may irritate your stomach even more.
When dealing with diarrhea, it’s best to stay away from foods that are high in fat including oils, butter, nuts and fried foods.
If diarrhea becomes severe it could lead to dehydration so make sure you drink plenty of fluids as well as seek medical attention from your doctor or health professional when necessary.
Should you eat normally with diarrhea?
A common question for a family member with diarrhea is whether or not to eat.
The answer is yes, but you need to be careful about what you eat and how much of it.
It’s important to keep in mind that there are no hard and fast rules about what you should do because every body reacts differently. However, if your diarrhea has lasted more than 24 hours, it may be worth considering some things.
The key is to eat foods that are bland and soft. Rice or potatoes (depending on how much you want) are good examples of this.
They’re not too hard, but they have enough fiber in them to take care of your hunger needs while offering something easy for the body to digest without further irritating an already irritated system.
If you don’t like rice or potatoes, go with toast instead- it’s a little harder than other types of breads so can irritate the gastrointestinal tract less easily.
You should avoid dairy products as these can make diarrhea worse; however, if drinking milk helps alleviate symptoms then by all means try it.
Remember that no one will know what works best for you better than yourself.
You may be surprised to know that not eating anything when you have a stomach bug can actually make your diarrhea worse, and it’s important for your body to get the nutrients it needs to heal.