6 Foods that You Should Avoid When You Have Diarrhea

December 14, 2018
To keep the condition from getting worse, when we have diarrhea, as well as in the period of convalescence, it is important to follow a bland diet and to not consume certain foods that can irritate our stomach

Diarrhea is one of those conditions that can show up at any moment, no matter how well you take care of yourself.

Despite the fact that it is a relatively simple problem, diarrhea can cause a lot of setbacks in your day to day life.

To avoid making the situation worse, it is recommended that you know which foods to avoid when you have diarrhea. This is important because there are some foods that could make it last longer, when it could have just been a one day issue.

Also, after dealing with it for only 48 hours, you can feel excessive tiredness and extremely dehydrated. 

1. Foods that cause gas


The first group of foods that you should avoid when you have diarrhea are those that causes gas. Their effect will increase your discomfort and worsen your diarrhea. 

Among the vegetables that are classified as such are:

  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Onions

Instead, the vegetables that will help you are those that are green such as cucumbers, spinach or chard. Remember that you should eat them raw or cooked without fat and to avoid eating them with dairy.

Among the fruits that you should avoid because they cause gas are:

  • Apricot
  • Plums and raisins
  • Peach

Substitute these fruits for:

  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Melon
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries

2. Fats and sugars

Do you tend to eat foods that are high in fats and sugars? If so, it is probable that your undiscriminated consumption of these foods is causing your diarrhea. 

If your diet frequently includes these foods, avoid them for a little while.

Both sugars and fats accelerate intestinal contractions and causes reactions in your digestive system.

Avoid these at all costs:

  • Sausage
  • Fast food
  • Fatty cuts of meat
  • Sauces
  • Commercial dressings

Instead, substitute these foods for lean proteins that are cooked or boiled. The best options are:

  • Broths
  • Soups
  • Chicken
  • Veal
  • Turkey

When it comes to sugars and their substitutes, they should also be avoided when you have diarrhea because of their laxative effect. If you consume then, it will increase the bloating feeling in your stomach and you will have more gas.

3. Milk and its derivatives

Milk and its derivatives

Even if you aren’t lactose intolerant, you should avoid dairy when you have diarrhea and for 48 hours after so that the discomfort doesn’t worsen or come back.

The reason why you should avoid milk is that it requires lactase in order to be digested. The problem is that when you have diarrhea, or after, the lactase in your stomach decreased and this will increase your symptoms like gas, bloating and nausea.

The foods that you should avoid at all costs are:

  • Ice cream
  • Creams derived from milk
  • Cheese
  • Butter
  • Milk (including light and skim)

The only food that you can eat is yogurt. Since it has a high amount of probiotics, it helps get rid of diarrhea. However, make sure that you are eating natural yogurt and avoiding the ones that have sugars.

4. Coffee, soda and alcohol

While they aren’t foods, we are including coffee, soda and alcohol in the list of things that you should avoid because of how frequently we consume them.

These three drinks are gastrointestinal irritants that we are accustomed to drinking, but that will increase our discomfort.

We recommend that you avoid them for at least a week after your diarrhea has passed.

  • You can substitute coffee with tea. The best options are chamomile, mint and peppermint teas.
  • Try to swap soda for water or fruit infusions.
  • Alcohol should just simply be avoided.

In the case that your diarrhea is very strong, try to replenish your liquids with serums. 

5. Foods that are high in carbohydrates

Foods that are high in carbohydrates

If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, it is probable that diarrhea is a constant in your life. In that case, carbohydrates are a food that you should avoid when you have diarrhea, and that you should limit at all times.

Some people live without knowing that they have irritable bowel syndrome. If you have diarrhea frequently, talk to your doctor to see if you might be suffering from it.

Some tips for how to prepare your foods

Whether you have diarrhea or not, you should always be sure that your foods are in optimal condition. This means that:

  • They have been washed and kept away from contaminating agents. Fruits and vegetables should be washed and disinfected. With meats, you should be sure that they have not come in contact with decomposing meats.
  • They have been cooked in some way. When you are experiencing diarrhea, and a week after it, be sure that the majority of the foods that you are eating are cooked.

Fruits are almost the only exception, but it isn’t the worst idea to boil an apple or a pear. The rest of the time, try to make sure that the majority of the foods that you eat outside of the house are cooked and low in fats.

Other recommendations for your stomach health:

  • Wash your hands before preparing and eating your foods.
  • Disinfect any surface where you prepare your foods (table, cutting board, etc.).
  • Avoid freezing and thawing foods more than twice since the changes in temperature cause decomposition.

Now that you know which foods to avoid when you have diarrhea, take these precautions and modify your diet a little bit.

In a few days, everything will return to normal, but don’t forget to watch what you are eating.