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Diarrhoea Diet

DEFINITION

The aim of the diet for Diarrhoea is to rest the bowel and provide adequate fluid and electrolyte intake to replace losses.


DESCRIPTION

Diarrhoea is a symptom, not a disease in itself. Always consult your Doctor for appropriate diagnosis of the underlying cause. The Diarrhoea Diet is designed as a temporary measure to relieve symptoms but may not be effective if the underlying cause is not addressed.


DIET SHOULD BE HIGH IN

- Fluids. Drink regular amounts of clear fluids such as water, jelly, diluted fruit juice, herbal tea, clear soup or broth.
- Glucose. Your Pharmacist can recommend a brand of oral rehydration therapy. Alternatively a water/glucose solution can be made by adding 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon bicarb of soda and 1 tablespoon of sugar to 1 litre of filtered water.
- Potassium. This mineral regulates the water balance in the body and may be rapidly lost during diarrhoea. Food sources include fresh bananas, avocados, dried apricots, spinach, potatoes (with skins), oily fish and meat.
- Soluble Fibre. In diarrhoea, soluble fibre is thought to absorb water from stools, making them more solid. Psyllium, dried beans and oat products are good sources of soluble fibre as are cabbage, string beans, carrots and pectin (used in jams).


DIET SHOULD BE LOW IN

- Dairy products. Milk, cheese, ice cream and other dairy products should be avoided especially if lactose intolerance is suspected.
- Fructose (fruit sugar) found in apples, pears, grapes, dates and soft drinks can worsen diarrhoea.
- Caffeine found in tea, coffee, cola and other soft drinks has a laxative effect and may contribute to diarrhoea.
- Insoluble Fibre. Found mainly in wheat bran and related products, insoluble fibre increases the speed of digestion and has a laxative effect.


SAMPLE MEAL PLAN

The following diet has been suggested for this condition.


BREAKFAST

- Rolled oats porridge or semolina made on water with 1 tablespoon psyllium OR
- 1-2 slices white toast with jam or honey.
- 1 glass oral rehydration therapy or caffeine-free herbal tea.


MORNING TEA

- Rice crispbread with honey or jam.
- 1 glass oral rehydration therapy or caffeine-free herbal tea.


LUNCH

- Chicken noodle soup OR
- 1-2 soft boiled eggs on white toast.
- Jelly (no ice-cream).
- 1 glass oral rehydration therapy or caffeine-free herbal tea.


AFTERNOON TEA

- Raw carrot sticks with kidney bean and avocado dip OR
- Handful of dried apricots or 1 banana.
- 1 glass oral rehydration therapy or caffeine-free herbal tea.


DINNER

- Steamed white rice with 100-150g of lean chicken meat or 200-300g oily fish (tuna, salmon or mackerel).
- Steamed cabbage, carrots and green beans.
- Low fat and dairy free sauce or gravy.
- 1 glass oral rehydration therapy or caffeine-free herbal tea.
- Fruit salad of banana, orange and apricots.