A short-term gastrointestinal (stomach or bowel) illness requires a change in your diet to begin the recuperation process. The BRAT (bananas, rice, apples, toast) diet is often recommended for patients suffering from diarrhea or the stomach flu.
Fiber plays a major role in digestive health and can be found in a variety of foods including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans. Following a high-fiber diet is another great way to get the proper amount of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
A low fiber diet encourages consuming foods that are low in fiber, including cooked red meat, fish, or poultry, eggs, dairy, white rice, pasta, bread, lettuce, or fresh or canned fruits without the skin. Depending on personal medical conditions, this diet could be short or long-term.
Your doctor may recommend that you avoid foods and drinks that are known to make stomach acid reflux worse. These include fatty foods, alcohol, chocolate, caffeinated drinks (such as coffee, tea, soda), peppermint, spearmint, and spices.
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