The diet and diarrhea connection is strong, especially for those suffering from chronic conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Crohn’s Disease. Whether you experience chronic diarrhea, or you’ve simply been hit with a random onset of the runs, it’s important to keep a close eye on the foods you eat and remember the list of foods to skip when you have diarrhea.
When you’re experiencing a bout of diarrhea, you’ll likely want to do whatever it takes to get your gut health back to normal. Part of the treatment process will include avoiding a long list of foods that may only make things worse.
Here are some foods to avoid if you have diarrhea:
Until things tide over, it’s best to stick to binding foods that bring you back to normal. Oatmeal, yogurt, plain toast, bananas, boiled potatoes and weak broth are all safe to eat when you have diarrhea.
To restore your gut, fermented foods such as kimchi (not too spicy), kombucha, kefir, and sauerkraut work wonders on boosting your stomach flora levels and restoring your body’s digestive system.
We can’t speak for the rest of the chronic conditions and diarrhea causes, but research has found that the low FODMAP diet can be effective for IBS-sufferers. 50-70% of patients studied found partial or total relief from IBS-symptoms, including chronic diarrhea, by following this Monash University-recommended diet.
Think your diarrhea might be IBS-related? Here’s everything you need to know to get started on the low FODMAP diet. And feel free to also explore our countless low FODMAP resources and tips on improving gut health!