What to Eat During Loose Motions: Mom's Advice Always Works

NDTV Food Desk  |  Updated: August 22, 2018 18:30 IST

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What to Eat During Loose Motions: Mom's Advice Always Works
Highlights
  • Bananas are one of the best fruits to eat during loose motions
  • Yogurt has a soothing effect on your tummy
  • A light khichdi with moong dal can be a good option

Loose motions or diarrhea can put you in a really uncomfortable spot. Your tummy hurts and you have to keep rushing to the restroom, which drains you of all the energy and leaves you exhausted. Since you’re losing a lot of water along with the frequent stools, you may feel dehydrated. Experts often advise to drink plenty of water and fluids to replenish your body. Besides this, certain foods also act as binding agents and bulk up your stool and thus, help you recover quicker. These are certain home remedies for loose motions that may work in controlling symptoms of the illness. Your loose motion diet must consist of certain foods that help in regularising bowel movements. Here are six foods to eat during loose motions that will give you relief and have always been recommended by our mothers and grandmothers.

Foods to Eat During Loose Motions

1. Bananas



Bananas are one of the best foods to eat while suffering from loose motions. The potassium in bananas will help in getting the digestion back to normal. Bananas contain resistant starch that helps to absorb water and salt in the colon and thus, makes your stool firmer. The fiber content in them also helps to restore normal bowel activity.

(Also read: 9 Foods to Avoid If You Have Loose Motions)

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Bananas are one of the best fruits to eat while suffering from loose motions.​

2. Yogurt



One of the best foods for loose motion is yogurt which has a soothing and cooling effect on your stomach. It is a probiotic that helps to replenish your good gut bacteria that aid in digestion and healthier bowel movements.

yogurtYogurt has a soothing effect on your tummy. Photo Credit: Istock

3. White Rice



A light khichdi with moong dal can be a good option to add to your loose motion diet. It gives you the required strength and energy and is digested easily. White rice unlike fiber-rich whole grains is easier to digest and makes your stool more solid.

khichdiA light khichdi with moong dal can be a good option.

4. Apples



If you're looking for a ideal food for lose motions, then skinned apples can be eaten. Apples are a good source of pectin, which has binding properties. Stewed apples are also a good option.  

appleApples are a good source of pectin, which has binding properties​.

5. Oatmeal



The soluble fiber in oatmeal absorbs water in your gastrointestinal tract and helps to add firmness to your stool, thus reducing the incidence of loose motions. Avoid adding milk to the oats and instead you can make a savoury dish with light veggies like beans, cucumbers and carrots.

(Also read: How to Eat Oats for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

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You can make a savoury dish with light veggies. Photo Credit: Istock

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6. Mashed Potatoes



Boiled, baked or mashed potatoes with a pinch of salt and pepper can help you safely recover from loose motions. A starch diet is often recommended during loose motions and the humble potato totally fits the bill. It replenishes the body with Vitamin C and Vitamin B6 which are lost with watery stools.



Comments

During loose motions you lose a lot of water, sodium and minerals from the body and therefore, it is important to provide these through what you eat and drink. Drinking lots of coconut water, buttermilk,orange, pomegranate and watermelon juice are the best ways to prevent dehydration and avoid exhaustion.



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