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10 Foods To Avoid When You Have Diarrhoea

foods to avoid when you have diarrhea

Diarrhoea is a condition wherein you have at least three loose stools each day. It is characterized by uncomfortable bowel movement that is very inconvenient for people. It typically lasts for about a few days and can cause dehydration due to loss of excessive fluids.

It is very important to maintain a well-balanced diet and keep hydrating your body for best results. Though this condition is not fatal, it can cause severe dehydration and fatigue.

Diarrhoea is generally caused due to the unhealthy diet that is followed and eating of excess junk food, which puts a pressure on your digestive system.

Here are 10 foods that you should steer clear off if you are suffering from diarrhoea frequently. Take a look.

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#1 Milk

The lactose content in milk and generally any other dairy product is not good for the stomach when you have diarrhoea. Stay away from products like ice cream or cheese, as they put extra pressure on the weak intestines and make the condition worse than before. If you are lactose-intolerant, you might get the diarrhoea due to the consumption of these products itself.

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#2 Hot Peppers

This one needs no explanation. The compound called capsaicin found in peppers is known to aggravate the condition as well as cause irritation to the linings of the intestine. It also causes gas and bloating of the body and can put excess pressure on your weak digestive system.

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#3 Coffee

The caffeine content in coffee is a major contributor in aggravating diarrhoea. The diuretic nature also tends to add to this aggravated state. A caffeine-free herbal tea is the best thing to soothe your stomach in case of diarrhoea. Bottom line is, avoid anything that contains caffeine, including soda, to speed up the recovery process.

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#4 Alcohol

Alcohol is a strict no-no when it comes to diarrhoea. It is very toxic to the stomach lining and causes the liver's metabolism to change. Drinking alcohol can cause indigestion and worsen your condition. It will also make your body more dehydrated than before.

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#5 Legumes

Legumes are also to be avoided when you are suffering from diarrhoea. Any types of legumes you consume, be it soya bean or lima peas, takes time for the intestine to digest it, putting more pressure on your digestive system. Legumes are also high in lectins that cause inflammation in your guts and that is the last thing you want to do.

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#6 Sugar Substitutes

These are also major offenders when it comes to diarrhoea. Artificial sweeteners like Sorbitol, Manitol and Xylitol are commonly used in candies and gums. These sugars are absorbed much slowly and aggravate the condition. The bacteria also eat these sugars and cause gas and bloating.

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#7 Nuts

Nuts, as we all know, are rich in soluble fibre that can really aggravate the condition of diarrhoea and worsen it. It can also irritate the lining of your intestines. Nuts cause a lot of bloating.

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#8 Meat (Red Meat)

Red meat is a very rich food and it takes a lot of time to be digested. Though it is a good source of protein and vitamin, it is a strict no-no when it comes to treating diarrhoea. The compounds found in red meat tend to cause inflammation and can worsen the condition of the digestive tract.

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#9 Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits such as berries, pineapples, cherries and grapes add to the trouble if you are suffering from diarrhoea. This is because the fruit that releases fructose is not absorbed properly by the intestine and this results in loose stools. Eat fruits like banana for treating diarrhoea.

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#10 Cruciferous Vegetables (Vegetables With High Fibre)

High-fibre vegetables and diarrhoea don't go hand in hand. Vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower can worsen your condition. The complex carbs found in them can't be digested easily by the body and hence worsen the condition. And the insoluble fibres just aggravate the gastric condition.

So, now you know what foods to steer clear off when you have diarrhoea, right? And eat less of insoluble fibres that go easy on your digestive track and prevent from aggravating the condition.

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    Story first published: Saturday, December 30, 2017, 19:00 [IST]
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