Many conditions or illnesses cause diarrhea. The latter can occur due to bacteria, fructose, parasites, viruses, medications, lactose intolerance, artificial sweeteners, digestive disorders or abdominal surgery.
And so it is that a few months ago a friend of mine had an emergency bowel surgery which resulted in a condition called small bowel syndrome. This condition causes malabsorption of foods and fluids, leading to diarrhea.
So what has she been doing to help herself instead of taking medications which she took the first two weeks after the surgery? She has learned about her own body and the foods that could assist her in limiting or controlling the diarrhea.
First of all, she redressed her meals’ frequency. She ate several small meals instead of three large ones like she used to. She did bowel training by repeating a time routine until it became a habit thereby reestablishing her bowel’s normal reflexes. In other words, she set an exact time to have a bowel movement twice a day at the beginning and then once a day.
And so it is this woman named Paula has won her battle over diarrhea. She goes at will and has soft stools. She has been following a specific diet which has done her well and she drinks plenty of water. Now she worries about constipation when she does not go for two days. Go figure 🙂
So what is Paula’s specific list of foods for diarrhea?
- White potato without skin
- White rice
- White bread
- Blueberries specially dried ones
- Chamomile tea
- Peppermint tea
- Bland chicken or turkey
- Probiotic yogurt
- Water biscuits or soda crackers
- Bland cod or red snapper
- Cooked asparagus or mushrooms
This diet may be rigid but it worked for one person. It took time, effort and patience for Paula to reach this state of well-being.