What to eat when having diarrhea?

Listen, we’ve all been there before. One minute you’re living your best life, and the next thing you know, your stomach starts growling louder than a pack of hungry wolves. And before you know it – BAM! – diarrhea hits like a wave crashing into shore.

While diarrhea is undoubtedly no fun for anyone involved (especially those within nose-shot range), thankfully there are some foods out there that can help soothe your stomach and get things moving back in the right direction again. So let’s dive right in and take a closer look at what to eat when dealing with this unpleasant bit of business.

Drink Up!

First things first: if you’re experiencing diarrhea, it’s essential to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of fluids such as water or sports drinks is crucial during episodes of diarrhea because frequent bowel movements can cause dehydration pretty quickly.

In fact, yadda-yadda-ying on the porcelain phone can lead to significant fluid loss from both ends (sorry not sorry). To combat these losses effectively, stick with beverages that contain electrolytes such as potassium (K+) sodium (Na+), and magnesium (Mg2+).

Here are some great options:

  • Sports Drinks like Gatorade
  • Coconut Water
  • Broth-Based Soups

Remember though; steer clear of sugary drinks like sodas or juices that might irritate an already upset tummy even more.

Fiber-Friendly Foods

During runny bowel movements (making brown soup, anyone?), food should still be partaken-but only in moderation. Going full-on fasting may make stools looser by removing undigested residue from the colon wall so intestines function appropriately but here are four types foods recommended:

1. Soluble Fiber

Think bananas with their high levels soluble fiber > Pectin-a starch-like compound that helps keep stool injuries in check. Other options for soluble fiber include oats, applesauce, carrots and berries.

2. Whole Grain

Not all grains are equal when it comes to soothing an upset tummy! Your system could use a healthy amount of insoluble fiber as long as they don’t cause more diarrhea such as from whole grain bread/pasta or brown rice.

If you’re having trouble pinning down which type your body digests the best out of grains like quinoa, barley buckwheat – (snicker Buck-wheat), try starting with small portions at first to monitor how well you tolerate them.

3. Fruits & Vegetables

Eating fruits and veggies is never a bad idea-but be mindful of what kind since some produce may worsen diarrhea symptoms.-Womp womp!

Fruits helpful in easing off watery stools include bananas (with their high levels soluble fiber > Pectin-a starch-like compound keeping stool injuries locked tight) Apples, raspberries/ blackberry containing pectin too! Cooked soft vegetables rich anti-inflammatory properties like sweet potatoes can make easy digestible add-ons into meals and provide dietary potassium-since our bodies will probably have lost much before-which contributes greatly outgunned electrolytes balance hence prevent dehydration happenings.

Keep It Steady With Sugar

Nowadays, you’d find many diets avoiding added sugars but these bad boys might be necessary when experiencing acute diarrhea-accompanying nausea/bloating caused by bacterial infections-particularly involving viruses-churn up stomach acid enzymes;thus taking full advantage various forms sugar(e.g. honey/plain sugar)can help alleviate distressful consequent flu symptoms.If prone to lactose intolerance,it’s safer still considering sticking with naturally occurring glucose sources alone(dates/bananas mentioned above)given foods containing lactose tend more commonly trigger further digestive issues-check graphic below elucidating all this jargon to avoid related misunderstandings:

Added Sugars Natural Sugars
Honey Dates
Plain Sugar Raisins

Final Thoughts

Although diarrhea isn’t the most enjoyable experience, eating the right foods during an episode can help ease symptoms and prevent dehydration.

So be sure to keep in mind what we discussed today:

  • Drinking plenty of electrolyte-rich fluids 💦
  • Soluble fiber found-like oats/ bananas 🍌in particular
  • Whole grains like Quinoa – start small
  • Soft-cooked veggies e.g. Sweet Potato 🍠🤤
    -Easing discomfort with added natural /processed sugars

With these helpful tips under your belt (not those kinds of belts), you’ll be feeling back to yourself in no time!