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Paleo way to treat diarrhoea?

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Created September 08, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I cheated about a week ago and I think I ate something contaminated. Whatever I ate, I got a horrible bout of diarrhoea from it and was going about 20 times a day, was vomiting, had a fever and a horrible headache. I also found out while seeing the doctor about it that I had a pretty bad urine infection (That I had no idea about) and was given antibiotics. For the diarrhoea, because I just wanted it to go away I followed the general recommendations - Eat dry toast and biscuits/crackers, banana, clear soup, rice, peppermint tea etc. Obviously not very Paleo. The whole experience was a lesson learned as far as cheating goes - Because before the cheat I felt great on Paleo. So, if I were to get diarrhoea again (hopefully not!) what would be the best things to consume that would help without straying off the Paleo track?

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124 · September 10, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Ok so I've taken probiotics for a few days now and I still have issues, (tmi) it's not as fluid as it was but my gut hurts a lot of the time and I still feel the need to run to the bathroom often. I'm a bit worried as this has been going on for over 2 weeks now. I also feel unusually fatigued. I am not taking antibiotics anymore so I thought that would give my gut a chance to rebalance again after the probiotics but I'm not there yet... :(

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24528 · September 08, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Coconut is nature's Immodium.

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5191 · September 08, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Applesauce also has pectin in it which helps bind. This is actually a modified BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) minus the toast.

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11557 · September 08, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Not eating after a long stretch of vomiting followed by diarrhoea should be treated carefully- personally, I find it really hard to gain back physical strength and make up for the 5-10 lbs I lose in a sickness without getting some calories in.

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11683 · September 08, 2012 at 3:18 PM

The only thing in your list that strictly isn't paleo is the crackers/toast. Rice and bananas help to "bind" things when you've got the runs. I eat white rice every day, helps me with IBS. And it's a "safe starch" - the least evil of the grains.

Other foods richy in soluble fiber (the starchy one) would also help, like cooked carrots, squash and yams.

Go easy on the fat during the runs since fat increases gastric motility, which you're trying to slow down.

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5191 · September 08, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Applesauce also has pectin in it which helps bind. This is actually a modified BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) minus the toast.

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4218 · September 08, 2012 at 5:49 PM

I have no idea why this works for me but it does, every time -- a homemade coconut macaroon. Use the recipe of your choice, there are several good Paleo versions out there. I whisk one egg, a dash of vanilla, small amount of honey and as much dried coconut as it takes to hold the whole thing together, then pan fry it in some Kerrygold. Sometimes I get a little fancier and mix in either some unsweetened cocoa powder or a squeeze of lemon juice, or ground almonds if I'm doing nuts at any given time.

In my pre-Paleo days I kept some commercial macaroons on hand and it worked like a charm. No luck with coconut milk or coconut water, though, so maybe it's something particular to coconut fiber.

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24528 · September 08, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Coconut is nature's Immodium.

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193 · September 08, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Diahhrea can be caused by any food, bacteria are everywhere so it's not just you cheated but it's just something that happens from time to time. Cryptosporidium occurs in our drinking water on occasion too.

However, things like probiotics help, and I swear by cranberry juice concentrate in the morning before I eat (health food stores), bananas, and oatmeal.

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24528 · September 08, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Saccharomyces boulardii is a probiotic that is highly recommended with antibiotic induced diarrhea. It also is good at preventing candida overgrowth following the antibiotics, which is a pretty common side effect.

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3979 · September 08, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Raw Sauerkraut puts in poo nirvana. I started eating it and kim chee two weeks ago, and since 3 days in, my pooping experience has been 100% satisfactory and clean. No wiping necessary.

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11557 · September 08, 2012 at 5:43 PM

My favourite thing to have is some nice gelatonous chicken broth (very soothing) with little bit of rice cooked in it, maybe 1 egg yolk stirred in but only if that seems appealing, sometimes fat can feel really "yuck" when you are sick. A good dash of salt for electrolytes- sometimes I flake a bit of seaweed in to get a variety of minerals.

When I'm still having troubles with appetite, I make yogurt pops with banana, greek yogurt, berries, and a pinch of salt. Probiotics help, and because temp can be all over the place when you are sick, it's nice to have something cold (popsicles) and something hot (broth) to choose from.

I always keep a little emergency stash of popsicles and rich broth in the freezer after being sick too many times without these ingredients on hand!

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338 · September 08, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Try getting some probiotics. Expecially if you've taken some antibotics, you probably killed off a lot of good bacteria. Having bad bacteria in your gut can cause diarrhea.Try:

  • Probotic Supplements
  • Kombucha
  • Greek yogurt with live cultures
  • Sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables

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288 · September 08, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Sounds like a good time to do Intermittent Fasting. If you're comfortable you can try fast 2 days or more, or until diarrhea subsides.

Additianally make sure you have enough salt your water(about 3g per litre) to replenish electrolytes lost from diarrhea.

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11557 · September 08, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Not eating after a long stretch of vomiting followed by diarrhoea should be treated carefully- personally, I find it really hard to gain back physical strength and make up for the 5-10 lbs I lose in a sickness without getting some calories in.

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