Having diarrhea causes uncomfortable symptoms including bloating, abdominal cramps, loose or watery stools. Although usually diarrhea is mild and will go away within a few days, what you consume plays a big role in speeding up your recovery from this illness. That said eating certain foods can make you feel better faster. In order to make you aware of what to eat when you have diarrhea, here is a list of foods to help with diarrhea.
1. Bananas: Bananas are a very good choice for alleviating diarrhea and associated symptoms. Bananas are a “binding” food, which means they help increase the form of the stool and help it to pass more slowly through the intestines. Moreover, they are rich in potassium high which helps to replace electrolytes that may be lost by severe bouts of diarrhea. Eat a banana or two to help restore balance to your digestive system.
2. Yogurt: You must have heard that you should avoid dairy products if you have diarrhea, but yogurt is an exception to this rule. Look for yogurt with live or active bacterial cultures. These “cultures” are friendly bacteria that can go in and line your intestines, providing you with protection from the bad guys. If you’ve already got diarrhea, yogurt can help produce lactic acid in your intestines, which can kill off the nasty bacteria and get you feeling better, faster. Read the label carefully and choose a brand that does not have a high sugar level and does not contain artificial sweeteners. Both of those can contribute to excessive intestinal gas and loose stools.
3. Mashed Potato: Potatoes are a good comfort food option and are also high in potassium. While the skins have lots of nutrition, you should avoid them when you have diarrhea, so peeled potatoes are best. Steam, microwave, or boil your potatoes. A little salt for flavor is fine, but avoid too much butter, margarine, sour cream, or gravy. A large amount of fat and oil could irritate your sensitive system and contribute to increased intestinal cramping.
4. White Rice: Plain white rice is among the bland foods that stop diarrhea because it is easy to digest. In addition, it can help decrease the amount of stools by adding bulk to the stools. Eat small amounts of plain white rice (without any added sauces and spices). Gradually increase the amount of rice as your diarrhea improves.