Bumisuka.com – When Diarrhea Is Suggested Eating Bananas. Some people think of diarrhea as a trivial health problem. In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), diarrhea caused 370,000 children to die in 2019, especially in developing countries in areas with poor sanitation.
It is possible, we can get diarrhea while on vacation. Moreover, if we eat street food that is not clean or flies infest it. What was expected to be a fun holiday could turn into a disaster!
As a precaution, see Dr. Gabriel Susilo, MARS, about “Effective Ways to Overcome Diarrhea on Holidays” which was broadcast live on Instagram @manukafarm on Wednesday night (21/12/2022). Here we go!
1. Diarrhea is called if you defecate more than three times a day
Doctor Gaby—as she is called, defines diarrhea as a condition when a person defecates more than three times a day. In addition, the consistency of the stool is runny or liquid.
According to WHO, diarrhea is divided into three, namely acute diarrhea (only a few hours or a few days), chronic or persistent (lasting for weeks), and bloody diarrhea (called dysentery, sometimes accompanied by mucus).
2. The causes are various, most often due to food
Of the many causes of diarrhea, dr. Gaby said most of the time it was due to food, especially if we don’t know about hygiene or cleanliness. For example, the food is not covered so that flies infest it.
In addition, reported by the National Institutes of Health, diarrhea can also be caused by viral infections (rotavirus and norovirus), bacteria (Campylobacter, Escherichia coli, Salmonella, and Shigella), and parasites (Cryptosporidium enteritis, Entamoeba histolytica, and Giardia lamblia).
3. The most common complication of diarrhea is dehydration
Diarrhea makes us lose a lot of fluids and can cause dehydration. Quoting Everyday Health, the impact is that the body does not have enough water to carry out its normal functions.
Recognizable signs of dehydration are:
- Dry mouth and tongue.
- Dry and dull skin.
- Less frequent urination.
- Urine is dark yellow.
- The eyes become sunken.
Therefore, people who have diarrhea should drink lots of water. In addition, we are advised to drink ORS (a mixture of water, sugar and salt) to replace lost fluids and electrolytes.
4. One way to prevent diarrhea is to wash your hands
Based on a study in the journal Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in 2008, hand washing can reduce the risk of diarrhea by 31 percent. Not enough with water alone, must be with soap to kill germs.
In addition, dr. Gaby recommends avoiding spicy and coconut milk foods, coffee and alcoholic beverages. Milk and its derivatives should also be avoided, especially if you have lactose intolerance.
5. In addition, it is recommended to eat bananas
Maybe you wonder why we are advised to eat bananas when diarrhea. according to dr. Gaby, this fruit which is rich in potassium can restore stool density. In addition, it can also increase bowel movements and is easily digested by the body.
This is supported by research published in JMIR Research Protocols in 2020. It is stated that green bananas (Musa paradisiacal sapientum) have anti-diarrheal properties.