Diarrhea is an uncomfortable topic, and it seems to happen at the most inconvenient times. There are several reasons why your body has diarrhea, also called a loose stool response. It could be the body’s response to rid it of a toxic substance. It could be bad bacteria from infected food or water, or a virus, like a rotavirus or a norovirus. Sometimes it could be from a toxic chemical either in the home, in the environment, or contaminated water from traveling in third world countries. It could even be the result of an antibiotic regimen; today, most doctors recommend taking a probiotic during this time. Even acute nervousness when you have irritable bowel syndrome can cause diarrhea.
8. Eat Bland Foods
Eat bland foods like bread, grains, or tea. Nothing spicy, irritating or low fiber, as these can cause more inflammation or pain. Eat high potassium-rich foods like potatoes and bananas.
7. Follow the BRAT Diet
Until your body resolves or rids itself of toxins, follow the BRAT diet, which is bananas, rice, apples, and toast. After a few days, you should be getting back to normal bathroom habits. Even apple cider vinegar can help.
6. Foods to Avoid
Avoid higher fiber veggies like kale, broccoli, and cauliflower, which can cause bloating and gas; fried or greasy foods, alcohol, and coffee.
5. Keep Hydrated
When you are producing a lot of liquid or soft stool, you are losing a lot of fluids, so it is very important to not become too dehydrated. Make sure you are getting a minimum of eight glasses of water or replacement minerals like Gatorade. Try drinking ginger tea or chamomile tea, which is soothing to the intestinal tract and can be antispasmodic when you are having muscle spasms or pain.
4. Take Activated Charcoal
You may not have this easily available, but charcoal is used for food poisoning and can absorb the toxic or bad bacteria, and then you will flush out the offending substance in the stool. Take this for a maximum of three days only because it also absorbs the nutrients in your food.
3. Eat More Tropical Fruits
Many tropical fruits are helpful for stomach problems and can quiet the inflammation, like guava, lychee, and mangosteen.
2. Take Probiotics
Many doctors agree that taking a probiotic can balance out the good and bad bacteria to help resolve your issues, although you may have to try several other recommendations at the same time. Even a healthy yogurt can help if it’s a mild case of loose stool.
1. Take Over the Counter Medications
Of course, there are several drugstore medications that can help, if you need something fast, like Pepto Bismol, Imodium, or Kaopectate. Remember if you do have something toxic your body still needs to get rid of it in a normal manner, so give it a few days to run its course before you take these medications.
If you still are having symptoms of diarrhea or loose stool and any intestinal pain and dehydration, please call a doctor or go to the emergency room to be treated.