9 Foods that help in Diarrhea

Diarrhea is a condition in which an individual gets loose and watery stool. Usually, Diarrhea is not severe, but it might last for 2-3days. There can be several factors that might lead to Diarrhea like food allergy, the reaction of a medicine, viral infection, parasite infection, etc.

Now the question is what to eat in Diarrhea?

Bland food, which is easy to digest, is advised to have Diarrhea. 

  • Oatmeals
  • Coconut water
  • Broth soups
  • Electrolyte water and sports drinks
  • Bananas
  • Plain white rice
  • Boiled potatoes
  • Bread or toast can be eaten in Diarrhea.
  • Probiotics like yogurt and kefir

All those mentioned above can be eaten in Diarrhea.

Food to be consumed in Diarrhea

We can have many things in Diarrhea, but today we will only discuss the most effective ones.

Oatmeals

Oatmeal has soluble fibers. Soluble fibers are a type of fiber that helps in reducing heart diseases risk. They remove the excess water by attracting them and turning them to gel while digesting. Gel slows down the process of digestion and adds bulk to bowel movements.

This slowing down process of digestion makes it ideal to be consumed in Diarrhea. Apart from this, there are many benefits of oatmeals.

Benefits

  • The nutrition composition is well-balanced
  • Oatmeals are rich in anti-oxidants
  • Can lower cholesterol levels
  • Can improve blood sugar management
Carbohydrates12g
Protein2.5g
Manganese0.6mg, 29% of the DV
Phosphorus77mg, 11% of the DV
Zinc1mg, 11% of the DV
Water83.6%
Nutritional value per 100 g 

Coconut Water

Coconut water is a tasty, refreshing, and full of nutrients beverage. It is commonly used for rehydration after any sort of illness like diarrhea. Moreover, it is a great way to replenish electrolytes(minerals like sodium and potassium) which your body might flush out during diarrhea.

Replenishment of electrolytes makes you feel good. Apart from it, there are many benefits of coconut water.

Benefits

  • May have anti-oxidants
  • It may help against diabetes
  • It May help to prevent kidney stones
  • May improve heart health
  • It can help reduce blood pressure
  • Great way to restore and replenish electrolytes 
Carbohydrates3.71g
Protein0.72g
Vitamin B10.030mg, 3% of the DV
Vitamin B20.057mg, 5% of the DV
Calcium24mg, 2% of the DV
Magnesium25mg, 7% of the DV
Nutritional value per 100 g

Broth soups

Broth soup is a type of soup in which one can simmer bones, meat, or vegetables depending upon their taste. This soup is highly nutritious and is used as soups, sauces, and gravies.

Benefits

  • The nutrition value depends upon the ingredients added to it
  • It may benefit the digestive system
  • It may fight inflammation
  • As per few types of research, it helps in improving joint health
  • Very low in calories and can still satisfy hunger
  • It may improve brain and sleep function

Broth soup help in restoring

Fat21% of the DV
Sodium23,875mg, 994% of the DV
Potassium309mg, 8% of the DV
Carbohydrates18g, 6% of the DV
Calcium18% of the DV
Magnesium14% of the DV
Nutritional value per 100 g

Electrolyte water

Water that contains sodium, chloride, magnesium, and calcium is called electrolyte water. Electrolytes produce energy when dissolved in water.

Electrolytes are essential because:-

  • They help in regulating blood pressure
  • It helps in controlling fluid balance
  • Helps in muscles contraction

The number of electrolytes might differ from water to water and brand to brand, but it will provide some electrolyte until it is not distilled. Few companies add a few other things like minerals and carbs and name them a sports drink.

Benefits

  • May enhance your performance during the workout (1-2% loss of water may lead to decreased strength, speed and focus)
  • Can rehydrate you during illness (vomiting and diarrhea are not severe conditions still they can lead to dehydration)
  • Helps from heat strokes

Electrolyte enhanced drinks are best during conditions like diarrhea to restore electrolytes.

Bananas

Banana is one of the fruits which can fit everywhere, be it fruit salad or cornflakes or cereals. Apart from this, it is full of nutrients and health benefits. India is topping the chart for the production of bananas as per 2017 stats with 30.5million tons.

Benefits

  • Potassium present in bananas can help manage blood pressure
  • Bananas are full of antioxidants
  • As per research, a banana may prevent wheezing in children with asthma
  • Lectin(a type of protein) present in bananas helps in stopping leukemia cells from growing
  • Fiber, potassium, Vitamin C, folate, and antioxidants help in improving heart health
  • Eating fibers can help lower blood sugar levels

Potassium helps in getting digestion back on track. Banana contains resistance starch which absorbs water and salt in the colon, making the stool firmer.

Carbohydrates22.84g
Protein 1..09g
Vitamin B60.4mg, 31% of the DV
Vitamin C8.7mg, 10% of the DV
Manganese0.27mg, 13% of the DV
Potassium358mg, 8% of the DV
Nutritional value per 100 g

White Rice

Almost everyone has once had white rice. As per some research, white rice is not considered healthy, but they are better than brown rice in some situations.

White rice is not considered good as they lose a lot of nutrition value because husk, bran, and germ are removed. Hence, white rice is just a carbohydrate. Well, nowadays enriched white rice and also being sold in the market.

Benefits

  • It is gluten-free
  • Helps in stabilizing blood sugar level
  • Great source of energy
  • Aids heart problems
  • Easily digestible
  • Improves gut health

White rice has a binding nature in the digestive tract, which leads to firmer and bulkier stools.

Carbohydrates 79.95g
Protein7.13g
Vitamin B31.6mg, 11% of the DV
Vitamin B51.014mg, 20% of the DV
Manganese1.088mg, 52% of the DV
Phosphorus115mg, 16% of the DV
Nutritional value per 100 g

Boiled Potatoes

Potato, a full of starch root vegetable that is used in our day-to-day life. It is available throughout the year. Potato is an active ingredient in fast food. Potatoes are served as a whole or mashed depending upon the dish.

Holes in potatoes are due to the damage caused by the larvae of either the “click” beetle or the tuber flea beetle.

Benefits

  • Contain Anti-oxidants
  • Improves blood sugar control
  • Improves digestive system
  • Gluten-free
  • Make you feel full
  • Due to its taste and nature, it can be prepared in many ways

Peeled potatoes have a decent amount of fibers. A fiber pectin present in potatoes helps in controlling diarrhea. Moreover, it helps in replenishing the lost potassium.

Protein9.5g
Carbohydrates81g
Fiber10.5g
Calcium57g
Potassium2.005g
Magnesium0.11g
Nutritional value per 100 g

Breads

A high-carb staple food, part of our daily life. In Indian food, every curry dish goes with bread. Some of the famous bread worldwide are banana bread, zucchini bread, baguette, breadstick, brioche, cornbread, etc.

Benefits

  • Rich in fiber
  • Bread has a pre-biotic effect
  • It makes you feel full
  • It contains folic acid, which helps in repairing and synthesizing DNA
  • Fuels your body
  • Bread is low in fat
  • May decrease the risk of cancer

Bread will absorb excess water and ease the symptoms of diarrhea.

White BreadWhole-wheat bread
Serving Size1 slice (25g)1 slice(33g)
Calories6792
Carbohydrates13g17g
Protein 2g3g
Fiber0.6g2g
Manganese6% of the DV31% of the DV
Selenium6% of the DV18% of the DV
Nutrition value in 1 slice of bread

Probiotics

Probiotics are living micro-organisms that have health benefits when consumed. Probiotics are found in yogurt and other fermented foods. We constantly have both good and bad bacteria in our bodies. When harmful bacteria increase in our body, then it leads to infection.

Probiotics are present in the gut, tongue, mouth, vagina, skin, lungs, and urinary tract.

Benefits

  • Helps in digesting food
  • Maintain the level of good bacteria in the body so that you do not fall sick
  • Create vitamins
  • Breakdown and absorb medication
  • Treats Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Improves urinary and vaginal health
  • Maintains oral health

Probiotics bacteria reach the bowel and suppress the germs causing diarrhea and help fight them.