While it’s by no means a pleasant topic to discuss, we’ve all experienced it before. Diarrhea is defined as having more than three loose or watery stools a day and can occur for a number of different reasons such illnesses like irritable bowel syndrome, a bacterial infection, food allergy, or simply just eating something that doesn’t agree with you. Most of the time it isn’t serious and can be managed at home.
Regardless, it’s no doubt an uncomfortable situation to be in and unfortunately there’s not much a person can do to stop diarrhea once it starts. The best treatment is rest, a restricted diet, and drinking lots of water. Within this restricted diet, there are some foods that can help ease to ease the symptoms, or at least avoid making the situation any worse.
Here’s a look at some foods to eat if you’re experiencing diarrhea…
You’ve probably heard of the BRAT diet, and for those who haven’t it stands for: bananas, rice (white), applesauce, and toast. These are the top recommended foods for diarrhea because they are nice and bland which means they won’t aggravate the digestion system. They can also help firm up stool.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, for most healthy people they will be recommended to eat foods that are whole-grain and high in fiber. The only time this rule doesn’t apply is when a person is experiencing diarrhea because eating fiber could spell trouble. You’ll want to eat foods that are low in fiber, such as white rice and white bread, to make stools more firm.
Bananas are also helpful because they are high in potassium which helps replace any nutrients your body is losing from the diarrhea, as well as a rich source of pectin, says VeryWell Health, and easy to digest. And lastly applesauce is better than eating an apple because the skin of an apple contains insoluble fiber which can irritate the digestive system.