As much as you try to avoid crowds during flu season, use proper hand-washing procedures, and apply hand sanitizer, there are times when diarrhea gets a hold of you. At these times, you may find yourself camped out in the bathroom longing for the illness to pass and allow you to feel human again. Unfortunately, most bouts of diarrhea must run their normal course. However, there are steps you can take to help you get through an episode of diarrhea as painlessly as possible.
12. Keep Hydrated
Diarrhea is defined as experiencing episodes of watery or loose stools three times a day or more. When suffering from diarrhea it is critical to replace the fluids your body is losing in order to prevent dehydration. Signs of dehydration include dry skin, dizziness, thirst, and dark urine. Provide your body with the fluids it needs by sipping water, tea, decaffeinated sodas, and broth. Try to replace the fluids you are losing by drinking a cup of liquid after every loose stool.
11. Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol
When you are experiencing diarrhea, avoid drinking beverages that will cause further dehydration or irritate your stomach and intestinal tract. Caffeine not only works as a diuretic to increase urine output, but it also may have a laxative effect on your bowels. Beverages to avoid include coffee, caffeinated teas, and caffeinated sodas. If you’ve ever suffered the ill effects of drinking too much alcohol, then you realize that alcohol can be upsetting to the stomach and cause diarrhea. Refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages when you are sick and stick to hydrating beverage options.