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Tips and precautions for treating diarrhea

Friday, September 4th, 2015

1. Never drink apple juice

The reason one is not supposed to drink this juice is because it acts as a natural laxative. This simply means “constipation remedy”. Instead of taking apple juice, it is advisable to use apple sauce. You should never replace apples with apple sauce. You should also stick to decaffeinated tea. This is because substituting them for herbal teas might prolong diarrhea. Additives like sugar, honey, and milk are also a must avoid with diarrhea. They tend to prolong diarrhea and thus the need to avoid them in your tea.

2. Choose cultured yogurt

Always read your yogurt pack to try and see if it is cultured. As mentioned earlier, this yogurt has cultures that tend to balance bacteria. Added sugars are also to be checked. They should be minimal. They are known to have effects on a person when they have diarrhea. If you can stand the sour taste in plain yogurt, you would rather take it plain than prolong your sickness.

3. Keep it plain

Try and serve your meals plain. This safeguards you from negative effects. As mentioned above, fats are bratty and might cause more harm if taken when one is sick with diarrhea.

4. Avoid common sports drinks

Sports drinks are known to increase diarrhea as a result of their high sugar content. Replace the lost fluid in your body by taking plenty of water. Drink about 6-8 glasses of water per day. Fiber is also a great alternative for solidifying the loose bowel movement.

5. Avoid certain foods

Certain foods are known to increase diarrhea while others help calm it. Spicy, fatty and greasy foods, as well as dairy products are examples of foods to avoid when experiencing diarrhea. The only dairy product you can use is cultured yogurt. Another reason for avoiding these foods is that they cause vomiting when one has diarrhea. In case you start vomiting after taking solid food, it would be better to stop taking such food and look for alternatives.

6. Know when to see a doctor

You need to see a doctor because some diseases are more parasitic and bacterial and thus need medical attention. If you experience diarrhea for a day accompanied by fever, this then you should see a doctor immediately as it could be a sign of a serious condition.

3 Ways to Treat Diarrhea

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

 

If you do have diarrhea, here are three ways you can ease your discomfort.

1. Be Sure to Stay Hydrated 

Your body can lose a lot of fluids and salts when you have diarrhea, making dehydration a major concern. Frequent loose and watery stools can quickly lead to fluid loss. Here are some easy ways to stay hydrated:

  • Select sports drinks. “Sports drinks make sense and are available in a wide variety of flavors,” Dr. Bickston says. Sports drink work because of their sugar and salt content, both allow water to be more easily absorbed, and even more so when taken together. People can make their own sports drinks by adding a teaspoon of salt to a quart of apple juice, Bickston says. “That little amount of salt will help the body absorb fluids but isn’t enough to make the apple juice taste bad.” Bickston recommends keeping your drinks at room temperature because a warm drink will sit better with you than a cold one.
  • Stick to clear liquids. Some other good choices for treating diarrhea include clear broth and water (unless you are traveling out of the country).
  • Avoid drinks that can worsen symptoms. Caffeinated, alcoholic, and sugary drinks can worsen dehydration. Milk and other dairy products can make your symptoms feel worse because diarrhea can cause temporary lactose-intolerance .

2. Try Eating a Bland Diet

When dealing with a brief bout of diarrhea, you want to keep your diet bland. You may find it best to only have clear liquids for the first 24 hours. Then, you can slowly add bland foods to your diet. Some bland foods include bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast — otherwise known as the BRAT diet. Crackers and mashed potatoes (minus the butter) are also safe.

If your diarrhea lasts more than a few days, you might want to investigate the foods you are eating, as some can irritate your bowel and make diarrhea worse. These include foods high in fiber (bran, whole grains, brown rice) as well as greasy or excessively sweet foods. Foods that are sweetened with sorbitol may also aggravate diarrhea, Bickston says. If loose stools are a problem, then you may want to avoid these foods.

If you suspect your diarrhea is caused by a certain food, try an elimination diet. Cut the suspected food from your diet until you can determine whether or not it is a problem. If it’s not the problem, feel free to keep eating that food.

3. Try Some Over-the-Counter Medications

In most cases, over-the-counter medications can be helpful in stopping an occasional bout of diarrhea — especially  traveler’s diarrhea  (ingesting contaminated food or water while abroad). Over-the-counter medications include loperamide (Imodium) and bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol, Kaopectate).

One thing to keep in mind is that if you take pharmaceutical remedies for traveler’s diarrhea, they may make you feel better sooner, but they could keep any bacteria, parasites, or viruses in your system longer. In most cases, diarrhea will go away on its own within in a few days. If your diarrhea persists, talk to your doctor.

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Thursday, November 14th, 2013