The term ‘purging’ is the Nigerian word for diarrhoea and it almost doesn’t matter if you have the title of a professor. At some point in our adult lives, we are bound to experience some diarrhoea. More often than not, diarrhoea has something to do with the food that we’ve been eating all along. It’s only normal to be selective of food choices when you have a running stomach. An average Nigerian always has a limited range of food options to choose for and this makes the situation a dilemma of sorts. In this article, we will discuss those foods you can eat and the ones you should avoid.
What Foods Can You Eat?
This will come across as a good deal of relief to you because it has to be the most consumed Nigerian staple. You can continue to eat your rice when you have diarrhoea. All you need to do is ensure that the stew used to eat it is not spicy. Spicy foods can worsen diarrhoea. You can also take some well-boiled eggs with your rice. It’s best not to fry the eggs in this case.
Bananas are another great option for diet when having diarrhoea. Apples work fine too if you can get some. Do you enjoy toast? Take some toast. However, you don’t need any syrup for this. Why have all these foods been recommended? They are bland foods that don’t upset the digestive tract. They also help to stool firm, which helps with your diarrhoea.
One of the most important health tips in diarrhoea is to take a lot of water. If you are used to taking a lot of water before you had diarrhoea, then you even need to take more. Diarrheal stool contains a great deal of water and this is why replacing the fluids is important. Watermelon is a fruit that contains a lot of water and is recommended.
What Foods Do You Need To Avoid?
Avoid milk in all its forms. Diarrhoea can only get worse with milk. Any food that is fried, fatty or spicy is not a great idea in this situation too. You cannot take vegetables now and adding onions to your food is not a good idea either. You may need to avoid other fruits that have not been mentioned earlier. Any form of coffee and other ‘soft drinks’ are not advised too. Do not take any alcohol.
If your diarrhoea lasts for more than three days or comes with severe abdominal pain, see a doctor. Watch out for black or bloody stools and fever too.