In some people, chronic diarrhea may be controlled to some extent through diet and lifestyle factors. The good news is that making some changes to what, when, and how much a person eats and drinks, along with medications, if indicated can improve the quality of life for some.
All of the suggestions listed in this article may not work for everyone, but if there is something you may not have tried in the past, you might want to experiment to see what is most helpful for you.
The Role of Diet
If you suffer from chronic diarrhea, you have probably been advised to try the BRAT diet. This stands for: Banana, Rice, Applesauce, Toast.
These food choices may help to prevent over-stimulation of the bowel, and slow down the frequency of bowel movements. However, the BRAT diet recommendations are boring, and hardly nutritionally adequate.
As a starting point, here are some extreme nutritional strategies that are not recommended:
- Do not eliminate all fiber,
- Do not limit your diet to only liquids,
- Do not cut out all liquids (you can become dehydrated), and
- Do not exclude foods with sodium and potassium. These are electrolytes, which can become depleted if you have diarrhea.
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