The runs

I don’t want to jinx myself, but it’s been a while since I’ve been sick.

This time of year, I take extra precautions. Wash my hands frequently. Try not to touch things like germy shopping carts or door handles if I can help it.

And stick to a healthy diet as much as I can.

Still, the best laid plans…

Sometimes, you can’t avoid it. Eventually, your luck is going to run out.

And one of the worst things that can happen is a bout of diarrhea.

Not only can it be embarrassing, it can lead to significant dehydration if you’re not careful. So, if you’re not better after 2 or 3 days, it’s time to see a doctor.

In the meantime, here are a few tips to get you through to the other side as fast as possible. It’s important to know both what to do as well as what to avoid.

I try to skip OTC meds if I can help it, but I do keepioperamide on hand and in my bag when I travel. You’ll know it as Imodium, but a store brand will work just fine and will save you a few bucks.

To avoid dehydration, it’s important to make sure you keep drinking. Filtered water of course is a must. But you can supplement that with broth, coconut water or electrolyte drinks, like Pedialite.

Definitely avoid caffeine. You don’t want your digestive system stimulated. And carbonation is probably best avoided too, since it can make you feel bloated.

If you feel up to eating, the blander the better. Bananas, applesauce or boiled potatoes are usually well tolerated, and can help you stay somewhat nourished without irritation.

This is one time when I’d say avoid raw veggies and nuts. High fiber can actually make diarrhea worse.

And it’s also best to limit your activity, so you lower your chance of dehydration.

Here’s hoping you can file this away and never have to go back to it again…

God Bless,

Jeff Reagan
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance

 

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