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Every one of us might have experienced diarrhea at least once in their lifetime. And with monsoons making their impact, the risk of getting infected and suffering from troubled stomach and loose motions is sometimes unavoidable. Nutritionist Akansha Jhalani says, 'Due to a compromised digestive system, nutrient absorption is affected and there is excessive loss of fluid and salts in people suffering from diarrhea. Both these conditions if left unattended could lead to malnutrition and dehydration.'
Diarrhea is very a common infection that is caused due to contaminated water and food. Thus optimum care has to be taken about whatever you eat and drink. Here are some dietary recommendations for people suffering from diarrhea.
Bland diet: Consume a diet that is low in salt, oil and sugar and are rich in water content like idlis, rice kanji, poha, moong dal khichri, etc. Foods that mechanically irritate the digestive system like high-protein diet and spicy foods should be avoided.
BRAT diet: Supplement your diet with easily digestible foods like -- banana, rice, apple and toast (BRAT). Bananas are good for people suffering from diarrhea because they are high in potassium and water content that help in restoring the water-mineral balance in the body caused due to dehydration.
Fruits: Fruits are the richest source of water that help your body to remain hydrated. Fruits such as cucumber, watermelon, grapes and tomatoes are low in calories and high in water content making them perfect foods to ease dehydration trouble.
Fluids: Consume plenty of fluids as they not only add water to your body but also help in restoring the essential electrolytes lost from the body. ORS is good for children, while adults can have sport drinks, juices or soft drinks.
People suffering from diarrhea should not consume gas-forming foods or foods that are rich in fibre content like green leafy vegetables. Nutritionist Akansha Jhalani says, 'In addition to consuming freshly prepared and warm foods that are easy on the stomach, drink boiled water and implement oral hydration therapy to attain quick relief from diarrhea.'
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