Diarrhea can be tough on your tummy and make eating frustrating. To soothe your stomach, certain foods should be avoided, but what should you eat when you have diarrhea?
When diarrhea hits, it can be tough to find the right foods to fill your stomach without causing further irritation to your bowels. Follow these tips to keep your stomach happy.
What to Eat When You Have Diarrhea
If you’ve been following mom’s advice to stick to the B.R.A.T diet when you have diarrhea, you’re in the right. These easy-to-digest foods will not add more discomfort.
- Bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast are classic good choices for diarrhea.
- Chicken soup and saltines also go down well when your stomach is roiling with discomfort.
- Oats, baked potatoes, and chicken (without the skin) will also be comfortable to eat when you have diarrhea.
- Cooked cereals or pasta can be more easily digested and are fine to eat when you have diarrhea.
What Foods to Avoid
It’s best to avoid foods that will irritate your bowels further while you have diarrhea, so it’s best to avoid foods that are difficult for the stomach to handle, such as:
- Highly fibrous foods, like raw vegetables. They can be too tough on your stomach if you have diarrhea.
- Dairy products are tough on the tummy.
- Spicy foods can also be irritating to the stomach.
- Avoiding processed foods is especially important if you have diarrhea.
- Alcohol and caffeine should also be avoided.
Home Remedies for Diarrhea and When to See a Doctor
When you have diarrhea, it is crucial not to let your body become dehydrated. If you have diarrhea more than three times a day, or it lasts for many days, you need to see a doctor.
To help ease your pains at home, follow these tips for home remedies for stomach aches:
- Drink liquids with sugar and salt, such as broth, or an electrolyte drink. Check out our recipes for a homemade electrolyte drink.
- Take probiotics, such as kefir or yogurt or in pill form.
- Avoid exercise.
- Drink tea, such as chamomile or lemongrass to ease symptoms.
- Eat some raw ginger, a traditional remedy for stomach aches.
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