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Do you suffer from gastroenteritis? We show you which are the "forbidden" foods

Gastroenteritis is a gastrointestinal disease, usually caused by the action of rotaviruses in children under 2 years of age and older than 60, and by Norovirus in the general population. It is a disease that causes inflammation of the inner membranes of the intestines and stomach, which can last up to two weeks.

Do you suffer from gastroenteritis? We show you which are the "forbidden" foods

During gastroenteritis it is natural to suffer from abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, fever, joint pain, tiredness and loss of appetite. Part of the risk of gastroenteritis is dehydration and a lack of nutrients from diarrhea, which makes it difficult for the intestine to function normally. Therefore, a correct diet is essential to minimize the discomfort caused by this disease.

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Loss of appetite and nausea are common in gastroenteritis. This makes it difficult for us to eat food and keep it inside, which has a certain associated danger. We can become dehydrated, which makes it difficult for our body to fight infection properly. In some vulnerable groups, the risks of dehydration are greater and should be taken very seriously, such as in children or people over 60 years of age.

Your own body will send you pretty clear signals about what you can and cannot eat, in the form of severe nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting. To avoid this unpleasant experience as much as possible, we must avoid certain substances, at least until we have no symptoms such as diarrhea.


 

1. Fatty cheeses

The digestion of fats is impaired during gastroenteritis. Whenever we can, avoiding fat while we have gastroenteritis symptoms will facilitate the digestion of food and relieve some of the discomfort of the disease.

Cheeses or other foods high in fat, such as other dairy derivatives (butter, yogurt ...) should be avoided to ensure a comfortable digestion as possible.

2. Caffeinated drinks

Caffeine is a gastrointestinal irritant. Considering that gastroenteritis occurs due to inflammation of the internal membranes of this system, it does not seem a good idea to add "fuel to the fire" by eating irritating foods. Caffeine, unfortunately, should be avoided while we have gastroenteritis.

3. Alcoholic beverages

Alcohol, in addition to the health problems that it can cause if it is abused, is very little recommended for those with gastroenteritis. Like caffeine, alcohol can irritate our intestines, making the symptoms of the disease worse. In addition, its diuretic effects make it difficult to maintain correct hydration, which is essential while we recover from gastroenteritis. Avoid at all costs.

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4. French fries

French fries are a very unhealthy food, as they contain high amounts of fat and salts. In fact, as a curiosity, some studies affirm that it is better for our health to eat two hamburgers in one sitting, than to accompany a hamburger with French fries. Their high fat content makes them highly undesirable for people with gastroenteritis.

5. Spicy food

Spicy food is a known irritant of the gastric and intestinal mucosa. Without gastroenteritis, it is common for spicy food to cause diarrhea, stomach pain and burning when evacuating, especially if we have abused it or are not very used to it. Like alcohol and coffee, hot sauce should be actively avoided when we have gastroenteritis.

6. Sugary drinks

Any food rich in sugar, especially refined sugar, will be detrimental to our health if we have gastroenteritis. It is known that foods high in sugar can make diarrhea worse, so we should avoid them to alleviate our gastroenteritis.

Arymel García

Editor of muii.in. Passionate about nutrition and healthy living, I have been a content creator for 8 years.+ info

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