Food Restrictions and Diarrhea For IBS

There are restrictions on certain food that you can and cannot indulge in when you have Diarrhea. Certain edibles are likely to aggravate the system, by increasing the contractions of the intestines, which you should keep away from. These foods are likely to only worsen the condition, and hence avoid them to deal effectively with Diarrhea.

If you had an attack of Diarrhea, avoid all lactose diary products for some time, though you may not have lactose intolerance. The important lactose containing foods are butter, cheese, milk, yogurt, ice cream, cheese. The reason is: Diarrheal conditions usually reduce the enzyme lactase content in the system. For digesting lactose, the system certainly needs lactase, which refers to the sugar present in dairy products. If the milk sugar is not digested, you may further suffer from bloating, vomiting, gas, and Diarrhea.

You should also avoid eating high fat content items, which may only increase intestinal contractions. Since your system is already in a sensitized condition, high fat content items like fried foods, greasy items, and creamy eatables can only worsen the condition.

When you had suffered from a diarrhea attack, you should also avoid artificial sweeteners which are known to produce laxative effect, apart from increasing gas and bloating in your system. Till you feel relieved of Diarrhea, avoid taking such items as diet soda, sugar-free candy, sugar-free gum, sugar substitutes for tea and coffee.

Some vegetables are known for their capability to increase gas in the intestinal system, which could aggravate your diarrhea, and hence should be avoided. These vegetables include beans, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, onions and peas.

If you are in the peak of health, many beverages containing caffeine or alcohol as well as carbonated drinks do not result in Diarrhea, but all of these items are individually capable of causing irritation in GI tract, and therefore it is advised to keep away from these items till you have recovered.

Unsafe foods

Remember even a very healthy individual should always make appoint to eat food which has been properly washed, safely prepared, and stored in a scientific manner. If you consume foods which are not properly prepared and stored, it will endanger your gastrointestinal tract and cause Diarrhea.  Food hygiene is important and therefore you are advised to ensure that you go through the rigor of the following precautionary measures, every time you take food.

Remember to clean your hands, both before preparing or eating any food
All raw vegetables and fruits should be washed thoroughly. The place where food is prepared must be cleaned with soap and hot water before and after using the place
All foods should be cooked to a temperature of 160 F.
After eating, leftovers must be immediately refrigerated or frozen.