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Nutritional recovery following diarrhea

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Created November 05, 2010 at 2:03 AM

Would anyone like to share their steps to revive the body immediately following diarrhea, which flushes a lot of nutrients down the toilet?

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Oh yeah, forgot to mention, bone broth also a good one.

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on December 17, 2011
at 06:31 PM

Almost every answer posted so far includes the message "let your GI tract rest and gently encourage it to get going again."

I have lots of experience with that from various bouts of diarrhea, food poisoning and severe migraine attacks.

First, if the thought of food is repulsive just go with broth and/or electrolytes until you have at least a mild urge to eat and what you're drinking tastes good. I've had negative effects from forcing food down but I've never had any from listening to my body and fasting until it's ready to go.

When you do eat, meat broths, starchy things like a mouthful or two of sweet potato, squash and a few bites of sweet fruits like bananas can go down pretty easy but wait after tasting them to see if you really are ready to eat. Once you're able to handle things like that you can try a bite or two of meat (no spices!) and if you can do that you can go back to normal eating pretty fast.

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on December 17, 2011
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Sometimes diarrhea can lead to a bout of constipation. If everything goes through you, you won't have the usual boluses (boli?) of food going through and helping things move along. So the first bolus of food through might have trouble. I learned from my veterinarian to feed my dog pumpkin (butternut squash works, too) or sweet potatoes to provide a little bit of soft bulk to help kick things back up. I find this works fairly well in myself, too. So if you can tolerate the carbs, I'd say give it a shot and see if it helps.

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on November 05, 2010
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The only nutrients washed out were the ones you just ate but did not digest because your intestinal tract was screwed up. But most of us paleo eaters are already eating nutrient dense food sources anyway. My advice is after your intestinal tract is all screwed up, eat some easy to digest bland foods like banana or unsweetened apples sauce maybe with some soft meat that is not super spiced. Stay away from things you sometimes have trouble digesting and stay away from fiber. Avoid beans, peas, nuts, and other irritants. Give your intestinal tract a little break and let it recover.

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on December 17, 2011
at 06:20 PM

All about the broth. And really just get back to eating normally, just taking it slower so you can judge if things are running smoothly.

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on November 05, 2010
at 03:59 AM

Standard cure down here in Mexico is to drink electrolyes- like 'Pedialyte' for one. Stay away from dairy for awhile if you use milk etc. normally, and make sure to drink lots of water.

Bananas are easy on the system when you start eating and I'd even have a little plain white rice along with the fruit.

A good homemade chicken stock is good to drink, but skim the fat off until your tummy is healed.

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on November 05, 2010
at 04:21 AM

Oh yeah, forgot to mention, bone broth also a good one.

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