Source: © Tips Family – Diarrheas
It is pretty common that because of a change of eating habits or the lack of hygiene in the food eaten, a backpacker starts suffering from stomachache and/or diarrhea. The question would be what to eat in case of getting diarrhea.
Diarrhea is an alteration of the evacuation regarding consistency and frequency of the feces. In this sense, if a person is used to going to the bathroom once a day, the fact of going 3 times a day with a liquid consistency of the feces may imply diarrhea. However, if this occurs the other way around this may not imply diarrhea.
The treatment in case of having diarrhea focuses on 4 targets:
- Rehydrate yourself.
- Kill the microorganisms that caused the diarrhea with antibiotics.
- Avoid the weight loss with a soft diet.
- Retake a full diet after having ceased the symptoms of diarrhea.
Rehydration assures a sooner recovery. It is carried out by drinking frequent amounts of liquids during the whole day, like for example drinking water, hot drinks (chamomile, tea, anisse), fat-free soups, sweet drinks, etc. Nevertheless, in case of evacuating more than usual, it turns necessary to take Oral rehydration Solutions (ORS) or a solution of electrolytes called Frutifex. The Oral rehydration Solutions are sold in any drugstore for aprox. 5 soles and the Frutiflex is sold for aprox. 6 to 7 soles and it comes in a wide range of flavours (apple, strawberry or anisse). It is recommended to keep drinking these electrolytes while the diarrhea is still present.
In case of not having a drugstore nearby, try preparing this ORS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6PZQcaKRZQ&feature=related
The type of diet that is recommended provides entire foods with soft consistency, very few spices and fiber and in a greater frequency but a reduced volume. Until the symptoms are completely gone, it is recommended to eat soups with semolina with boiled chicken, boiled potatoes, pasta without spices or dressings, simple and salty breads, porridge, compotes, cereal flour and rice. In general, the progression from a soft diet to a full diet should be extended to 2 or 3 days depending on the tolerance. One should be careful with the introduction of vegetables, fruits (except apples and bananas), whole grains and foods rich in fat (like fried foods, dairy products, nuts, etc.).