The best foods to eat for diarrhea are bland foods that will stop you up. When diarrhea hits, you want to add bulk without adding irritation or distress. While you want to stop the diarrhea quickly, you need to be careful because aggressive use of diarrhea medicine combined with diarrhea-stopping diet can result in constipation, the very opposite problem. You want to give your digestive system a rest so it can return to normal. This can be accomplished by eating a very select diet until the diarrhea subsides.
The traditional diarrhea-combating diet is often referred to as the BRAT diet. The BRAT diet is as follows:
B - Bananas
Bananas are great for stopping diarrhea because they are heavy, bulky and yet non-irritating to the digestive system.
R - Rice
Rice works as an excellent filler. It is bland and calming. It will bind well and slow down the production of more diarrhea.
A - Applesauce
Applesauce is easy to digest and adds helpful bulk.
T - Toast
The toast will soak up any extra stomach acid, reducing the stomach's tendency to overproduce acid during a case of diarrhea.
In addition to the BRAT diet, you will want to drink water or electrolyte-replacing beverages and may want to try the following foods:
Foods to Avoid
Until you've experienced relief for a solid six hours, it's best to avoid dairy products, caffeine, spice foods, fried foods, oils or any type, sugary foods or high fiber vegetables and fruits. Keep it bland and solid until you feel better for several hours.
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