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Stop Running To The Toilet! Eat These 10 Foods That Help with Diarrhea.

Stop Running To The Toilet! Eat These 10 Foods That Help with Diarrhea.

Diarrhea is not only annoying, it can also be an embarrassing health issue. People of all ages suffer from bouts of diarrhea at some point. More often than not, we experience it with certain stomach bugs or as a result of an allergy. However, as we grow older we suddenly find ourselves having it more often due to our diet. Today, I want to share with you the top ten foods you can eat to help combat the effects of diarrhea and begin to build a healthier diet so that you can avoid it all together.

10 Foods That Help with Diarrhea.

Bananas

    When we experience diarrhea, many people make the mistake of trying to eat more high fiber. The reality is you need low fiber to firm up the stool. Additionally it helps to add extra potassium to replace the nutrients that are lost. Bananas are both low fiber and high in potassium!

    White Rice

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      White rice is often labelled as not the healthiest option, but in this case it’s the perfect thing to eat. It’s low fiber, firms up stool, and is bland for the intestinal system.

      Applesauce

        Applesauce is mild and easy to digest. The pectins help bind stool and the natural sugars give you much needed energy when the body is run down and dehydrated from loss of too much water.

        Plain Toast

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          The key thing to note here is that the toast has nothing on it. It may not sounds appealing but it does help bind and provides carbohydrates to give you energy.

          Probiotic Yogurt

            If you are on an antibiotic, and need some extra flavor, look to the probiotic yogurts. Antibiotics are taking out the bacteria in your gut, including whatever is causing the diarrhea. The probiotics work to replenish your gut with good bacteria. After a bout with diarrhea, keep up with probiotic yogurt to promote good gut health and stave off future bouts. If you are in the middle of a bout now, start out slow. 2 tablespoons to begin with and increase it by a tablespoon each day. Dairy is harder to digest and could worsen the diarrhea if too much is consumed right off the bat.

            Sports Drinks

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              While sports drinks are great for after a workout or playing our favorite sport, they are also incredibly helpful when dealing with diarrhea. When we are battling diarrhea, we are dehydrated because everything is losing our bodies quickly and water isn’t absorbed properly. Sports drinks contain electrolytes that help us hydrate and promote absorption in the gut so that we can cut down on how long we suffer.

              Mashed White Potatoes

                White potatoes are a low fiber and “stick to your bones” kind of food that is easy for the body to digest. While you can add a small amount of salt (it helps you retain hydration) you should avoid butter (it’s hard to digest!). This is a food that you can eat and feel like you are eating normal again.

                Steamed Chicken

                  Steamed chicken is bland enough to make it easily digestible. Packed with protein, it can help you retain nutrients your body really needs. You must avoid adding any seasonings or oils! Some salt can be used to add a little flavor.

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                  Chicken Broth

                    A cup of steaming chicken broth is fantastic for dealing with diarrhea. It contains electrolytes and nutrients you have lost in your battle. There is also a soothing effect of the warm broth. When we are dealing with diarrhea, our stomach and intestines tend to get a bit swollen. The warmth of the broth will work to bring the swelling down. Note that you need plain chicken broth, no noodles or vegetables!

                    Blueberries

                      While not the most ideal food for the early battles with diarrhea, it is a great re-entry food for when you start to feel like you are bouncing back. They are a source of soluble fiber pectin and contain anthocyanosides, which contain anti-bacterial qualities. Blueberries are also a great source of antioxidants.

                      Diarrhea is one of the worst intestinal ailments to deal with. By eating the foods listed here, you should be able to bounce back in a day or two. If you find yourself still dealing with diarrhea after one week, please see your doctor and get a checkup!

                      Featured photo credit: Foods 4 Better Health via foods4betterhealth.com

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                      Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

                      Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

                      “Why am I so tired?” is a question that people ask themselves pretty frequently. Everyone gets tired at one point or another, particularly after something like an illness, a long night up with a sick child, or a busy week at work. When tiredness is persistent, however — when you feel tired as soon as you wake up in morning or when sleep doesn’t seem to help, no matter how much rest you get— it may often indicate a deeper, underlying problem.

                      While there are a lot of possible reasons for tiredness, here’re some of the most common causes of fatigue:

                      1. Dehydration

                      If you want to boost your energy levels, first check whether you are dehydrated. The human brain is 85% water, and needs to maintain this level in order to perform its essential functions.

                      If you fail to drink enough water, the brain extracts fluids from your blood to compensate for the deficit. As a result, the oxygen levels in your blood drop, reducing the amount of energising oxygen available to your organs and tissues. Fatigue and sleepiness set in rapidly, leaving you more vulnerable to the 2 pm post-lunch crash that many of us experience.

                      You cannot cure this crash with caffeine – the only long-term, effective solution is to drink hydrating fluids throughout the day.

                      2. Lack Of Exercise

                      A workout will surely leave you feeling even more tired, right? Wrong! As counterintuitive as it may sound, physical activities have an energizing effect. Moving your body releases endorphins, increases your heart rate, and boosts your concentration.

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                      Try to fit in at least 30 minutes of medium-intensity exercise every day. It’s easiest if you can make this part of our everyday routine, either as soon as you wake up or right after work.

                      3. A Poor Diet

                      The food you eat has a direct impact on sleep quality and the amount of rest you get every night. For maximum energy, stick to protein, slow-release carbohydrates, and a moderate amount of healthy (unsaturated) fats. The majority of your food should be plant-based, high in fiber, and low in sugar. These choices will prevent blood sugar fluctuations, which can leave you feeling exhausted.

                      An easy way to make sure you stick to a good diet is through meal preparation. It’s easy to just get take-out when you’re tired after work, but if you have a meal ready for you in the fridge, you’ll be less tempted by pizza or cheese.

                      Find out more about healthy meal prep here: 10 Meal Planning Apps You Need To Have To Get Healthier Easily

                      4. Skipping Breakfast

                      Physician Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan advises that eating breakfast is key to maintaining a good level of energy throughout the day. When you eat breakfast, you are sending calming signals to the areas of the brain responsible for avoiding danger, along with those that instruct the body to conserve as much energy as possible.

                      Ingesting food signals to your brain that there is enough food available to ensure our survival. This encourages it to stay relaxed, which in turn, promotes restful sleep.

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                      Some great ideas for a healthy, filling, and make-ahead breakfasts include overnight oats, smoothies, and freezer-friendly breakfast burritos.

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                      5. Poor Quality Of Sleep

                      We all know that it’s important to wind down a couple of hours before bed. But did you know that it’s what you do throughout the day that promotes good-quality sleep? It’s not just about the number of hours you sleep, but how restful and deep that sleep is.

                      TO feel rested, try to regulate your everyday routine to make your sleep deeper and better. Get up at a regular time in the morning to ensure that you get regular sunlight.

                      Eat nutritious foods in moderate amounts, and make sure you stay hydrated. Go to bed at the same time. And before bedtime, avoid screens that can give off harmful blue light and also keep you stimulated when you need to prepare for a restful night.

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                      6. Sleep Apnea (A Person’s Airways Get Blocked off While They Are Asleep)

                      Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder where a person’s airways get blocked off while they are asleep, causing their oxygen levels to drop while they are asleep. This often causes people to stop breathing at night and then to jerk themselves awake (this can happen over 30 times an hour).

                      Because of this, people with sleep apnea can feel short of breath and have low energy levels. Mouthpieces and other devices to aid in breathing as well as the use of a special breathing machine to keep oxygen levels in a safe zone.

                      If you feel tired all the time and think you might have sleep apnea, consulting with a doctor is important. Do a sleep study, as this can often reveal if there is an underlying problem causing your tiredness — and once a diagnosis is made, treatment to help you get your energy back begins.

                      7. Depression

                      Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the United States (and in many other countries of the world as well). It is marked by persistent feelings of sadness or unhappiness but has physical symptoms, too. Apart from fatigue, people may also experience changes in sleeping and eating habits and difficulty concentrating.

                      Treatment can often center on anti-depressants, counselling and lifestyle changes like stress management to help manage this condition. You can take a look at these 15 Ways To Overcome Depression And Sadness.

                      Many people also benefit from activities like yoga and meditation, which help regulate both the body and mind.

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                      8. Hypothyroidism

                      If a person has hypothyroidism, their thyroid gland does not produce adequate levels of these important hormones— and the result can be a persistent and unrelenting fatigue, even if someone is getting enough sleep. Other common symptoms of this disorder include mood swings, weight gain and feeling cold all the time.

                      Fortunately, simple blood work can reveal if there is a problem and it can be treated with artificial thyroid hormone pills like Synthroid. Check here for signs of having a thyroid problem. If you suspect that you might have hypothyroidism, talk to your doctor.

                      9. Anemia

                      People with anemia are not able to make enough red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout the their bodies. This is often due to a lack of nutrients like iron or B-12 and can be caused by problems such as heavy periods, bleeding in the digestive tract or pregnancy (due to the increased demands of the growing baby).

                      However, in most cases, this can be resolved with treatments like changes in diet, iron supplements or B-12 shots.

                      While here are some drinks you can try to relieve symptoms of Anemia, it’s best to do a blood test and consult your doctor in case of any hidden medical conditions.

                      10. Cancer

                      While you shouldn’t be freaking out about cancer just because you are tired, it is a fact that fatigue is one of the symptoms of cancer. Other common symptoms can include unexplained weight loss and the presence of palpable lumps or growths. This disease is marked by the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells that can do damage to surround tissues and possibly spread to other parts of the body.

                      Diagnosis is usually by biopsy and treatment often focusses on radiation, chemotherapy or surgery— and generally when a diagnosis is made early, the outcomes for the patient are better.

                      Featured photo credit: Lily Banse via unsplash.com

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