Diarrhea or an upset stomach can leave you feeling miserable. If left untreated, it can lead to dehydration and exhaustion.
A special diet which is known as the BRAT diet is an effective way to treat both.
What is the BRAT diet?
The term “BRAT” is an acronym for the foods that are included in the diet. They are:
These foods are bland and are relatively easy to digest, therefore some people believe they can reduce the symptoms of stomach illness, including diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and can make you feel better faster.
How does the BRAT diet work?
According to Medical News Today consuming the foods that are included in the BRAT diet can benefit diarrhea and an upset stomach for 3 reasons:
1. No nausea. Due to the absence of strong smells and bland flavor, BRAT foods do not tend to cause vomiting or nausea.
2. Gentle on the stomach. Because the foods that are in the BRAT diet are low in protein and fat, they are unlikely to irritate your stomach and cause stress on the digestive system.
3. Firmer stools. BRAT foods are low in fiber and starchy, which may encourage binding of loose stools.
How to follow the BRAT diet:
According to Family Doctor, these are the things to consider on a BRAT diet:
1. At first, stick to sipping clear liquids. Solid foods including those that are present in the BRAT diet are not recommended for children and adults who are actively vomiting.
Wait until you can consume solid foods without vomiting. If you have been vomiting or have diarrhea, you should try drinking a beverage with electrolytes, which is a mix of important nutrients to keep our bodies hydrated.
2. Follow your doctor’s instructions on which types of foods to consume when dealing with diarrhea or upset stomach.
3. As you feel better, go back to a normal and healthy diet. The BRAT diet does not provide all the elements of that are included in a healthy diet.
You should be able to start consuming more regular diet, including vegetables and fruits, within 24-48 hours after having diarrhea or vomiting.