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Loose Motions: Do's and Don'ts

By Dr. Ashok Grover in Internal Medicine

Mar 21 , 2018 | 3 min read

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When you have loose motions, the most effective way to return to full health is by changing your diet. There are many foods which can help you to soothe your stomach, but there are some foods that can irritate your stomach. We’ll proceed by listing out some of the things that you should and shouldn’t do when you have loose motions.


Loose motion can be hard to deal with. Knowing what to eat in loose motion and how to take care of yourself is essential. Dr. Ashok Grover, Consultant, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Vaishali, suggests a few things that you should do if you have Loose Motions:


Follow A Simple Diet

Bland foods with boiled Potatoes, unseasoned Crackers, Bananas, and Apple sauce can be good for health. You can also include Toast and Plain White Rice in your loose motion diet. However, make sure you seek the recommendation of your health expert before sticking to any diet plan. Some other items that could be safe for stomach flu are-

  1. Suji

  2. Broccoli 

  3. Cabbage

  4. Soya Beans

  5. Khichdi 

  6. Tender Coconut Water


Things To Do If You Have Loose Motion


  1. Stay Hydrated

Proper hydration is necessary to help detoxify the body properly and rehydrate it. By keeping your body well hydrated, you can prevent your loose motions from causing any further complications. Most severe complications of loose motions are caused by dehydration. By drinking plenty of water, ORS, Juices, coconut water, you can ensure that your body remains well hydrated.


  1. Wash Your Hands Often

Sources suggest that washing hands can help decrease loose motion by 30%. Germs that cling to your hands are among the chief causes of loose motions. Make sure that you wash your hands at least once every 45 minutes. In addition to this, wash your hands thoroughly after you use the bathroom and before you eat. When you wash your hands, make sure that you scrub your palms, the back of your hand, between your fingers, and under your nails. Cleaner hands drastically decrease the chances of loose motions.


Things To Avoid Doing If You Have Loose Motion


  1. Don’t Use Strong Medications

In general, the best treatment for loose motions is to take rest, drink plenty of water and other liquids like ORS, Juices, coconut water and follow a bland diet. Taking medication like loperamide, that stops loose motions, is not a good idea. Most of the time, loose motions are just your body’s way of removing the toxins trapped in your body. It is unwise to interfere with this process. Let your body heal naturally if possible, and give it the support needed with ample rest and simple food. Using strong Antibiotics without a doctor’s prescription can worsen your condition.


Quick Tip- Eating greasy and oily foods can increase your unhealthy bowel movement. So, watch out for what not to eat in loose action to keep your health in check. 


What Not To Eat In Loose Motion


  1. Don’t Eat Dairy Products 

Dairy products like Paneer, Butter, Cheese, and Ice Cream could elevate diarrhea. Even people who are not lactose intolerant can find it difficult to process lactose while experiencing loose motions. The safest thing to do is to avoid these foods, even if you usually have no problem with them.


  1. Don’t Eat Products Made With Artificial Sweeteners.

Some artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes can have a laxative effect. In addition to this, they can contribute to gas and bloating. Also, it is best to avoid foodstuffs like diet soda and sugar-free candy. Artificial Sweeteners can also level up your risk of loose motion, increasing the stomach ache.  So, keeping the digestive system at check is necessary.


  1. Don’t Drink Caffeine

Drinking Caffeine has also been said to cause more harm than good during this time. Coffee, Coke, and some strands of green tea contain significant amounts of caffeine. Caffeine increases your heart rate and is also a diuretic (a substance which increases the frequency of urination). This combination makes it extremely dangerous for your body when you are suffering from loose motions. Your body will already be short on fluids as a result of the loose motions; caffeine can further dehydrate your body. Stay away from beverages like coffee and try to drink more water instead. So, only focus on consuming the best food for loose motion.


These dietary restrictions may sound boring, harsh, and dull, but when you are suffering from loose motions, you’ll be craving for simple foods and relief. Mild cases of loose motions will go away on their own. However, if your loose motions last for more than two days, or if you begin to notice blood in your stool, you should contact your doctor for advice on the next stage of treatment and medication.