Yogurt for diarrhea: Is yogurt good for diarrhea?
When you get a bad diarrhea, most of the time you are advised to avoid milk product, right? I think it is a yes. However, although it sounds contradictory, it is true that, consuming yogurt has a very good and significant action against diarrhea. According to several scientific researches, it has been shown that, although dairy products increase the discomfort in diarrhea, but since yogurt is a fermented milk product, it has some magnificent probiotic activities to fight against diarrhea. So, today I will be discussing about yogurt for diarrhea. Also, I will try to explain is yogurt good for diarrhea.
Recommended: We know that, a report by “Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews” in May 2013 researched on yogurt and diarrhea and reported that probiotics effectively prevent diarrhea that caused by bad bacteria. So, here we have elaborated on probiotics.
A review published in the “Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews” in May 2013 reported that probiotics effectively prevent diarrhea caused by bad bacteria.
First, I like to start with a brief about diarrhea. Diarrhea is a common in both children and adult people. Basically, diarrhea is a bowel discomfort. When you get diarrhea, it will increase your stool frequency and your body will lose fluids very fast because of watery stools. Therefore, that time you have to take a lot liquid food.
However, one of the main causes of diarrhea is food poisoning. Also, there are some other reasons such as, bacterial or viral infections, poor medications, parasites, etc. usually, diarrhea lasts for a couple of days and after that the symptoms disappear completely. Besides these, diarrhea can also reach to a severe condition and it takes a longer time to cure.
Ways to deal with diarrhea
There are several ways to treat diarrhea and the most usual method is medical method. Although, there are some medications, I prefer and suggest you to go for natural home remedies and prevention. Therefore, adding yogurt to your everyday meal will be a great idea to prevent diarrhea. I will be discussing about several ways of using yogurt (yogurt with natural items recipes) to combat against diarrhea later on.
Will probiotics cause diarrhea?
Although, probiotics are considered as good for our digestive system, sometimes they may trigger allergic reactions. In addition to that, they may cause mild stomach discomfort, a generation of gas or even diarrhea. However, although probiotics are already naturally present in your body, sometimes you may develop some conditions when you need to take probiotic supplements or probiotic foods. Also, probiotic supplements or probiotic foods are considered to be safe.
Is yogurt good for diarrhea?
Yes, without any confusion. Yogurt is a good source of lactic acid, which helps to kill bad bacteria in your gut. However, yogurt contains a higher amount of protein compared to the other diarrhea-prevention diet foods.
Probiotic yogurt for diarrhea
Yogurt is considered as a nice food for treating diarrhea along with some other diseases. In my previously posted articles, I have talked about a lot about the benefits of probiotic yogurt. So, I prefer to suggest you to add probiotic yogurt to your meal. In addition, plain and unsweetened yogurt is the best option as it contains a lot of probiotics which helps lining the intestine and prevents the disease causing germs.
Since, yogurt has the ability to kill harmful bacteria in your intestine, this feature has made it much important in treating diarrhea. Besides this, along with probiotics, yogurt contains Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium where these organisms help to maintain the balance between good and bad bacteria in your gut. Another fact is that, they protect those good bacteria in your gut from antibiotic action.
Greek yogurt for diarrhea
Greek yogurt is anti-pathogenic and anti-inflammatory. These two features make it more preferable than regular yogurt. Moreover, Greek yogurt contains more probiotics than the regular yogurt. For these, it offers better protection against bad bacteria and facilitates the proper digestion. Besides these, Greek yogurt is also an excellent choice to treat yeast infection. Now I will show how to eat Greek yogurt to treat diarrhea.
- You can take a cup of Greek yogurt, mix it with some seasonal fruits or vegetables that you like and eat it.
- Eat plain Greek yogurt 2 times in a day.
Consumption of Greek yogurt in these methods will help you to prevent diarrhea and it will also boost your immune system.
Is yogurt good for diarrhea in toddlers and babies?
Yogurt is also a healthy food for toddlers and babies. Moreover, it is also a good food for treating diarrhea in them. However, babies and toddlers have a developing digesting system, therefore they require a diet with starches and fibers.
Yogurt is not only a good food for treating diarrhea in adults, but it is also a nice choice for treating diarrhea in children. Also, there are several reasons that make it ideal for the children. When your baby reaches to his 6 months old, you can offer yogurt as his/her first-food. However, if your baby gets attacked with diarrhea, you can feed him/her 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt 2 times in a day.
Besides these, please do not add honey to your children’s yogurt, because it may cause infant botulism. Other than that, you can add some small pieces of seasonal vegetables (sweet potatoes, mushrooms, etc.) or some fruits such as strawberries, mango, blackberries etc.
Yogurt is a good food and it is also a tasty food. Therefore, I think it will not bother you if you eat yogurt to prevent diseases. Although, yogurt is naturally a nice food, you can make its taste according to your desire. So, now I am going to show you some yogurt for diarrhea recipes.
Yogurt for diarrhea recipes
Yogurt: If you get diarrhea because of stress or food poisoning (traveler’s diarrhea caused by Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli), then yogurt is an effective treatment option. Moreover, the live cultures of yogurt will help you to restore the normal function of your digestive system. You can take a cup of yogurt twice a day after your meal.
Yogurt and fenugreek seeds: Fenugreek seeds have effective actions in treating diarrhea. Moreover, fenugreek seeds contain up to 50% of mucilage (a type of fiber) which are considered as natural remedy for diarrhea as they absorb water in the intestine and expand. Besides these, fenugreek seeds will increase the consistency, I mean they will bulk up your stool and it will decrease your discomfort. So, you can combine your yogurt with fenugreek seeds by the following method:
- Take half a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in your yogurt cup. Mix them well and consume it.
- Other than that, you can also eat the mixture of a 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds and a tablespoon of yogurt to prevent diarrhea.
Yogurt, fenugreek seeds and cumin seeds: Cumin seeds are also considered as a natural and home remedy for diarrhea. For long years, medical practitioners suggest cumin seed for treating diarrhea. However, cumin seeds have antiseptic properties and they can increase the strength of your stomach as your stomach can function well.
- Take half a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds, half a teaspoon of cumin seeds. Now roast them and grind them after cool down.
- Take 2 tablespoons of yogurt and mix it with the powder.
- Consume the mixture of yogurt with cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds 3 times a day.
Yogurt with black seed oil: Along with treating gas, colic, asthma and constipation, black seed has some nice action to treat diarrhea. For treating diarrhea, you can use the oil of black seeds. The nutrient rich oil of black seeds contains a lot of disease treating components and it has been used for a long time. However, it helps to protect the good bacteria of the digestive tract and improves the digestive system.
Method: Take a teaspoon of black seed oil and mix it with a cup of yogurt. Consume the mixture twice a day until you feel good.
Yogurt and banana: Bananas have a lot of medicinal properties as they contain a nice combination of proteins, vitamins and minerals. Moreover, banana is a low-potassium fruit and helps to restore the energy level of the body. Also, raw and green bananas contain pectin, which is a fiber that bulk up stool. Researches also show that, bananas have more powerful actions than other traditional medicines in treating diarrhea.
Method: Take two bananas and chop them into small pieces. Mix them well with a cup of yogurt. Consume it 2 times a day until the symptoms disappear.
Some facts to remember while using yogurt for diarrhea
- When you are about to take yogurt for diarrhea, please check the label carefully whether it is plain and unsweetened or not. Because, in treating diarrhea, you need that type of yogurt. Moreover, you also should check the “probiotics” or “live cultures” content of the yogurt.
- You have to eat yogurt in a proper amount. Because, an overeating of yogurt may cause kidney stones or some other physical discomfort.
- Go for dairy-free or lactose-free yogurt if you are intolerant to regular yogurt which is made of cow milk.
- Eat sufficient amount of water and liquid food to maintain the proper level of your body fluid.
I like to finish saying that yogurt is a nice home remedy for diarrhea. Through the post, I have tried to explain the usefulness and the way of using yogurt to treat diarrhea. I hope the post will be informative and beneficial for you.