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 as 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 the symptoms, or at least avoid making the situation any worse.
What Is Diarrhea?
Diarrhea is a condition which leads to a loose or watery stool, which often occurs with an extremely urgent need to go to the bathroom. Diarrhea can be accompanied by other symptoms like nausea, stomach cramps, fever, and bloating.
In most instances, the cause of a diarrhea episode is not identified. This is because most cases resolve themselves after a couple of days, without medical intervention. A viral infection called gastroenteritis is the most common cause of diarrhea. While not serious, it can be extremely unpleasant.
Other possible causes of diarrhea include:
- A bacterial infection
- Ingested toxins
- Consuming foods that upset the gut
- Intolerances to specific foods
- Certain medications
- Radiation therapy
Whatever the cause of the diarrhea, it is usually possible to reduce the severity of symptoms by consuming certain foods and avoiding others. Here’s a look at some foods to eat if you’re experiencing diarrhea…