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Diarrhea
Drink plenty of fluids, particularly water, if you are suffering from a bout of diarrhea. Dilute vegetable and fruit juices (except for prune juice), without pulp, are recommended to restore lost minerals. Be sure to stock up on potassium-rich foods because this valuable mineral is frequently lost in significant quantities during a spell of diarrhea. To minimize irritation to the digestive tract, eat bland foods, such as broth and gelatin, and foods containing soluble pectin fiber. The traditional "BRAT" diet--bananas, white rice, applesauce, and toast-- is beneficial because the soluble fiber in these gentle foods helps to bulk up stools. Note that foods rich in insoluble fiber will aggravate diarrhea, as they have the opposite effect of soluble fiber foods. Yogurt with live cultures is recommended to help to restore healthy bacteria in the digestive tract. Preliminary research suggests that consuming bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, may help to prevent travelers diarrhea.

Mega-Recipes
We believe that it's possible to manage and/or improve certain conditions through what you eat. When we create "Mega-Recipes" for an ailment, we strive to include the maximum number of the nutrients that are shown to have benefit for that ailment. We also expect the Mega-Recipe to contain at least 25% of recommended intakes for those nutrients. See the list of recipes that have met our criteria for this ailment.

What You Should Eat & Why

bromelain
Preliminary research suggests that this enzyme in pineapple may help to prevent travelers diarrhea, by blocking E. coli bacteria, the most common cause of travelers diarrhea, from attaching to the intestinal wall.
Leading Food Sources of bromelain: Pineapple

potassium
A major mineral in our body, potassium has a vital role in fluid balance, muscle contraction, and nerve conduction. Diarrhea often leads to a significant loss of potasium. Note that bananas, fish, potatoes, and dilute tomato juice are particularly recommended as potassium foods for diarrhea.
Leading Food Sources of potassium: Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cantaloupe, Apricots, Potatoes, Water chestnuts, Yogurt, Pomegranates, Chocolate, Beans, dried, Clams, Oranges, Tomatoes, Quinoa, Bok choy, Avocados, Bananas, Figs

Date Published: 05/03/2005
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