Diarrhea can be a side effect of chemotherapy. If you have diarrhea that lasts for more than 24 hours, or if you have pain and cramping, call your doctor. Changes in your diet can help. Drink plenty of fluids that contain key chemicals and minerals so you don't become dehydrated. Beverages with potassium in them, such as fruit juice and sports drinks, are especially good. Your doctor can prescribe medication if your diarrhea is very bad. Learn more about the causes of diarrhea and medicines that can help.
When and how to eat if you have diarrhea:
Try a clear liquid diet — water, weak tea, apple juice, clear broth, frozen pops, or plain gelatin — as soon as diarrhea starts or you feel it's going to start. Clear liquids keep the bowels from working too hard and help prevent irritation.
Eat small, frequent meals . Your body may find smaller amounts easier to digest.
After 2 days of diarrhea, start a liquid diet and add low-fiber foods as you can tolerate them. This will help lessen bo...
You’ve probably heard that old adage, “You are what you eat.” But it may go even further than that -- what you eat may actually affect your brain’s functioning. That news should make you stop and really think about what you’re putting on your plate (and into your mouth) if you’re someone (like me) who has a family history of dementia and wants to do everything possible to avoid this condition.
A new study out of the University of California, Los Angeles found that changes in gut bacteria that are caused by diet also can result in changes in brain function. This study involved 36 women who were between the ages of 18 and 55. The researchers divided the women into three groups. One group was asked to eat specific yogurt that contained a mix of several probiotics, which are bacteria that are believed to have a positive effect on the intestines. This group was asked to eat this type of yogurt two times daily over a four-week period. The second gro...
You can make the best yogurt even better. Best of all, it takes very little effort. The good yogurt is Greek-style .
One big reason why is is better than the typical yogurt in supermarkets
is that it's lower in carbohydrates. They remove most of the high-carb
whey from it. Most, but not all. You might
be able to remove more and make it even better by straining your
yogurt. However, much of what you can remove from the yogurt by
straining it is probably water. In
either case, the extra-thick strained yogurt that results is not only a
nutritious food for people with diabetes -- including those of us who
follow a very low-carb diet -- but is extra-tasty as well. Any simple strainer will do. Traditionally, most people have used cheesecloth. But that's messy. My friend Barry, the low-carb vegetarian whom I wrote about here ,
at first used a basket-style paper coffee filter set in a plastic bowl
of matching size in which he cut out drainage holes. But that can be
messy too. Even simpler, al...
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