Archive for the ‘Tips for Chronic Diarrhea’ Category

Tip #5 Try some of these constipating foods!

Increasing the consumption of the following foods can thicken stool and decrease diarrhea: Fruits: bananas, applesauce Breads and Starches: oatmeal, rice, pasta, potatoes, pretzels Proteins: peanut butter, cheese (especially cheddar) Miscellaneous: jello, boiled milk, cornmeal (used in foods such as corn chips or cornbread), tapioca, marshmallows, and Archway brand coconut macaroons! Not all of these […]

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Tip #4 Are you fructose intolerant?

I previously discussed Lactose Intolerance in some detail. Another less common, but possible cause of diarrhea is dietary fructose intolerance, or fructose malabsorption (FM). (This should not be confused with Hereditary Fructose Intolerance, a rare genetic disorder usually diagnosed in infancy which can lead to liver or kidney damage if not properly treated.) If you […]

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Lactose intolerance is very common, particularly in certain ethnic groups. For example, lactose intolerance may affect 95-100% of Southeast Asians, and 90% of Asian Americans. What is lactose intolerance? Technically it is a deficiency of lactase activity. Lactase is the enzyme that breaks down lactose, the sugar found in milk. Lactase is produced in the […]

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Tip #2 Modify Your Fiber Intake

There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. There’s a great review on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dietary_fiber. Wikipedia’s definition of fiber is as follows: “Dietary fiber, sometimes called roughage, is the indigestible portion of plant foods having two main components — soluble (prebiotic, viscous) fiber that is readily fermented in the colon into gases and physiologically […]

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Tip #1 – Avoid Caffeine

I have a handout I give my patients called, Top 14 Ways to Stop Typical Chronic Diarrhea. I will be posting each of my tips one by one. When the last tip is posted, I will attach the handout to the blog for reference. Tip #1 Cut back or preferably stop consuming anything that contains […]

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