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Dietary Do's and Don'ts When Experiencing Diarrhea

Dietary Do's and Don'ts When Experiencing Diarrhea

When dealing with diarrhea, what you eat (or don't) can significantly affect how quickly you recover. Here are some dietary tips to keep in mind:

Foods and Beverages to Avoid

Conversely, certain foods and drinks can worsen diarrhea and should be avoided until your symptoms have resolved. These include:

  • Dairy products (especially if you're lactose intolerant)

  • Fatty or greasy foods

  • Spicy foods

  • High-fiber foods like raw fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes

  • Caffeinated beverages like coffee, tea, and soda

  • Alcohol and sugary drinks

These items can be more challenging to digest and may irritate your already sensitive digestive system, leading to more frequent or severe diarrhea.

It's worth noting that dairy products can be particularly problematic for those with lactose intolerance, as the lactose sugar can be complex to digest and may worsen diarrhea symptoms.

If you suspect you may be lactose intolerant, try avoiding dairy products and see if your symptoms improve.

Similarly, high-fiber foods like raw fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes can be harsh on a sensitive digestive system. They may increase bowel movements during a about of diarrhea. Stick to low-fiber, easily digestible foods until your symptoms have resolved.

When to Seek Professional Medical Advice

While most cases of diarrhea resolve on their own within a few days, there are certain situations in which it's important to seek medical attention. If your diarrhea persists for more than a few days or is accompanied by severe symptoms, it's time to call your healthcare provider.

Last updated: May 23, 2024 14:05 PM