Diarrhoea and Foods to Avoid When Purging

Diarrhoea is one of the most common health complaint (infection) amongst people of every social class.
It is an abnormal or unusual discharge of loose or watery stool by infection in the gastro-intestinal tract line as a result of contamination of food or drink taken; or other health challenges.

There are three main forms that diarrhoea presents and it includes:
Watery, fatty form as a result of malabsorption and inflammatory form (blood and pus) in stool.

CAUSES OF DIARRHOEA:
Diarrhea is caused due to the following reasons;
– Infestation of food or drinks by bacteria and viral parasites.
– Malabsorption (intolerance and/or allergy to what one consumes)
– Laxative abuse
– IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome)
– IBD (Inflammatory bowel disease) like colon, gall bladder cancer etc as well as autoimmune medicated inflammatory disease that can affect any part of the gastro intestinal tract that is from mouth to anus.
– Reaction to certain medications example (Radiotherapy/ chemotherapy).

SYMPTOMS OF DIARRHEA:
– Frequent urge for bowel movement
– Abdominal pain and cramp
– Tiredness and fatigue

FOODS TO AVOID WHEN PURGING:
It is very important to avoid these foods when purging;
– Dietary products like milk as well as fatty and greasy food.
– Carbonated drinks like soda, seltzer.
– Legumes and vegetables
– Beans
– Spicy dishes as well as some fruits like cherries, pineapple and grapes.

While it is also good that we take food rich in fiber like Whole wheat bread, flaxseed, Natural coconut water, cooked cereals like wheats and oats etc.
Summarily, it is important we note that diarrhea can be mild, temporal or life threatening as the case were; and as such, it is always important to seek medical care when we observe any changes in our system.

 

Written by: Amanda Onyemmah

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