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The best food for diarrhea

Updated July 05, 2018

If your stools become loose and watery, you have diarrhoea. Many factors can cause diarrhoea, such as a stomach virus, irritable bowel syndrome, or certain medications. Whatever the cause, certain foods will make it worse and others will help make it better. It is important to know which foods to eat to speed the healing process.

BRAT Diet

The best anit-diarrhoea foods are bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. This is often known as the BRAT diet. These four foods are easy on the stomach, so they don't cause further irritation to your digestive system. Some of them are also considered binding, which means they can cause constipation. But if you have diarrhoea, they can help solidify your stools. These can be eaten by anyone over age of 12 months. Infants younger than 12 months require medical advice from a paediatrician.

Yoghurt

When you have diarrhoea, your body is trying to rid itself of bad bacteria. Yoghurt can help because it contains beneficial bacteria that help keep your digestive system running smoothly. Yoghurt is also very easy on your stomach and will not cause problems associated with certain dairy products made from milk. In fact, avoid milk and milk products if you have diarrhoea -- milk could make it worse.

Liquids Including Jello

Diarrhoea often causes dehydration. Your body is losing fluids more rapidly than usual, so consume extra liquids -- water, fruit juices, Jello, and even broth from soup. Stay away from prune juice or any other type of juice that promotes bowel movements. Also, avoid caffeine, which can irritate your digestive system.

Children can eat Popsicles or Pedialyte Popsicles made just for kids who have diarrhoea.

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