Summer season is here, and it’s a perfect time to arrange a well-spent holiday! Most people would agree that summertime means a lot of fun. Surely, it will be pretty annoying if you must find yourself unwell during these joyful months.

There are many kind of disease often comes along with the summer heat, one of which is diarrhea. Diarrhea has various causes, but commonly, it happens due to consumption of contaminated food by microorganism whose ability is infecting your gastrointestinal.

When a person is suffering from diarrhea, it would be challenging to do activities due to uncomfortable feelings. Furthermore, diarrhea can also lead to dehydration where it is not treated well. That’s why it is important to cure diarrhea once you are affected. Aside from taking medicine under doctor’s prescription if necessary, there are some recommended foods to eat when you have diarrhea in order to make you feel better.

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1.     Banana

Do you know that banana is rich in pectin and potassium? Both substances make a great combination that can help you to relieve the effects of diarrhea. Pectin works like gel and will add mass to your stool. On the other hand, potassium is one kind of electrolytes found in body fluid. In the condition of diarrhea, there could be lack of electrolyte in your body due to fluid loss. A piece of medium-sized banana provide 350 mg of potassium which fulfills almost a quarter of your daily needs. This makes banana a good choice of foods to eat when you have diarrhea for its benefit to help restoring body’s electrolyte balance.

2.     Oats

There are two kinds of fiber in food, the soluble and insoluble fiber. Oats contain a high concentration of soluble fiber that is very good for diarrhea treatment. The reason is because soluble fiber, which is able to dissolve in water, can absorbs excess water in your digestive system. This way of work can increase the consistency of the stool so that your diarrhea will get better.

3.     Clear soup

To prevent dehydration while diarrhea, it is very crucial to consume an appropriate amount of water to refill your body fluid. Apart from drinking at least 2 liters of clean water daily, your water intake can also be taken from the water-based food like soup. However, a bowl of clear soup with a pinch of salt will be a better choice than the creamy one. Because, clear soup is much easier to digest and the salt within the soup contain sodium chloride as important electrolytes for our body.

Foods to eat when you have diarrhea

4.     Unsweetened tea

A research by Ashok & Uphadyaya in 2012 shows that tannin, which is high-contained in tea, has many advantages for our health. Tannin brings tea to be one of the recommended foods to eat (or beverages to drink, to be exact) when you have diarrhea. Because, tannin is responsible for two roles as anti-diarrhea and anti-inflammatory agent that work really well in your gastrointestinal system.

5.     Any other well-cooked dishes

It’s a good thing to know that diarrhea cannot stop you from eating your favorite food, as long as it is cooked well. No matter whether it is boiled, steamed, grilled or sautéed. You name it. Because, the heat in cooking process will extinguish the microorganism that existed in raw food and it would decrease the risk of worsening your diarrhea.

Besides choosing the right foods to eat when you have diarrhea based on the explanation above, the other useful things to do are avoiding food with high acidity and rough texture to help relaxing the gastrointestinal organs for a while. As a result, your recovery process from diarrhea will run more smoothly than ever.

Let’s eat wisely and do enjoy the sun!

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