DIARRHEA AFTER EATING: DEALING WITH A MESSY SITUATION
I’m sure every person on the face of the planet has experienced a run in with “the runs”. Well diarrhea–known to many people as the runs– can make an occasional bothersome appearance, or it can be a frequent star in your daily routine. Your diarrhea could be from a number of different reasons. If you only occasionally experience a bout of diarrhea, especially diarrhea after eating out, then something in your food or the types of food you ingest are probably to blame.
WHAT CAUSES DIARRHEA AFTER EATING
A sensitivity to the foods you consume is probably the root cause of your diarrhea. If you usually experience diarrhea only when eating out, monosodium glutamate (MSG) is the likely culprit. Many restaurants use MSG in their food (especially in salads and Chinese food). When you go out to eat, ask the manager if they use it in any of their food preparation. Stay clear of any foods with MSG in it and see if you still have a bout of diarrhea.
Other foods or food substances that can contribute to diarrhea are:
- Fatty or spicy foods — these speed up intestinal contractions and can overly tax an already sensitized intestinal system.
- Dairy products — cause gas, bloating, nausea, and diarrhea in people who suffer from lactose intolerance. Dairy products to avoid are butter, ricotta or cottage cheese, milk and ice cream.
- Sugar-free foods — artificial sweeteners and sugar substances can have a laxative effect. They can also cause gas and bloating. Avoid diet soda and anything else that says sugar-free on the packaging.
- Gas producing foods — such as cabbage, cauliflower, beans, onions and broccoli have also been well documented producers of intestinal gas and diarrhea.
- Alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated drinks — although not generally known to cause digestive problems, some people can experience intestinal irritation and diarrhea when consuming these beverages.
Everything listed above should be eliminated one at a time until you find your diarrhea causing culprit or culprits. These are also the same things to avoid while experiencing a diarrhea episode.
Unsafe foods is also a possible reason for your diarrhea after eating. Any food/foods that have not been properly prepared and stored could be harboring harmful germs just waiting to wreak havoc with your intestines.
To prevent a foodborne illness, you should:
- Clean all food preparation surfaces thoroughly before and after use.
- Always wash your hands before, during, and after preparing your meals.
- Thoroughly wash all fresh produce.
- Cook all hot foods to an internal temperature of 160°.
- Refrigerate or freeze leftovers immediately. Throw remaining leftovers away after three days, to lessen your risk of any digestive problems.
CONSTANT DIARRHEA AFTER EATING
It is important to note that constant diarrhea after eating may be a sign you are suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or an autoimmune disorder such as Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis. If you suspect one of these to be the underlying cause of your diarrhea, seek a qualified medical provider for help.
WHAT TO EAT AFTER DIARRHEA
You should follow the brat diet — bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast — while experiencing diarrhea and until you start to feel better. Slowly add the following things to your diet until you are over your diarrhea:
- For breakfast you should choose: Dry crisp rice cereal, eggs ( preferably boiled), oatmeal, plain low-fat yogurt, and rice cakes are all good choices.
- For lunch: Canned tuna packed in water, grilled chicken breast, lean sandwiches, crackers, plain pastas, chicken broth, and chicken noodle or vegetable soup ar all light, but substantial choices for lunch.
- Dinner: Lean meats in combination with baked or mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables make an excellent light, easy to digest meal.
The single most thing to remember for dealing with diarrhea is to drink lots of water! You will become quickly dehydrated and may make yourself sicker if you don’t get stay hydrated. Drinking broth, herbal teas, and sports drinks are also great beverages for efficient rehydration.
By following the information presented to you in this article, you should find the information necessary to hopefully make your diarrhea a thing of the past.