Foods to avoid if you have loose motions (LBM) or Gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis, in lay man’s terms known as an upset stomach or loose motions, is a common ailment. A city like Mumbai sees a drastic increase in the cases of loose motions or LBM and gastroenteritis in the monsoons. This is probably due to the lack of proper hygiene and the quality of water that is consumed.

A study reveals that gastroenteritis is the second most commonly occurring health condition after the infuriating common cold and influenza (flu). Encountering a stomach infection can be quite draining (no pun intended) physically. It is the time to gave your taste buds and your digestive system a bit of rest and opt for simple and bland food. Avoiding spicy foods and taking proper precautions is ideal even when you face early symptoms of an upset stomach. Some of the symptoms to watch out for include, stomach aches and pain, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, general weakness and fatigue.

Here are some simple diet tips when you start to experience symptoms of an upset stomach and dysentery or gastroenteritis.
1. Avoid Solid Food: If your motion is loose and frequent, avoid solid foods, especially if you are vomiting, unless advised otherwise by a doctor. In fact, you should stay away from solid food at least until you have not vomited for a span of six hours. Of course, try to keep yourself hydrated with water or ice pops. Once the vomiting has stopped, slowly start taking small sips of water. Try to take ORS in prescribed quantities as well.

2. Avoid Dairy Products: While suffering from an upset stomach, it is best to avoid most dairy products. Instead, drink clear soups while avoiding consumption of creamy soups that contain cream or milk. On recovering, slowly add these dairy products back into your diet yet taking it slow.

3. Avoid Spicy Food: Only 24 hours after your vomiting has subsided, you are permitted to consume solid food. But even then, make sure you eat only bland food that’s miles away from spices. It is vital that you understand that your stomach has weakened due to the illness, so it will not be able to take the spice well. Consume healthy foods for your stomach such as steamed or boiled chicken, rice, bananas, apple sauce and toast.

4. Avoid Caffeine & Alcohol: Avoid consuming caffeine and alcohol at such times, as these products dehydrate one’s body. Keep away from foods that contain either of these ingredients as well, such as, coffee flavored ice cream, dark chocolate, etc.

A stomach infection can be extremely weakening and painful. It is quite exhausting. So it is important to pay very close attention to your diet and consumption of fluids.

If loose motions don’t subside in a few hours, seek immediate medical attention and consult a gastroenterologist.


- Article curated by The Health Capsule team.

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