Diarrhea is a condition wherein a person has three or more loose bowel movements in one day. If left unchecked, diarrhea can cause severe dehydration and electrolyte imbalances, which can eventually lead to death. In fact, in developing countries, diarrhea is a common cause of death. It is even deadlier for infants and has been pinpointed as the second most common cause of death for this age group around the world.
There are different causes of diarrhea, some of them bacterial or parasitic. In some cases, though, frequent bowel movements may not really involve bacteria or parasites. In these situations, eating certain kinds of food will help stabilize your bowel movement without having to resort to synthetic medication.
There are two diets which many doctors recommend to deal with diarrhea. One is called BRAT, which stands for bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. In the recent years, two items have been added to this list, making the acronym BRATTY. The last two letters stand for tea and yogurt.
Bananas and apples have long been known to help solidify excrement. Eating these fruits daily will help stop diarrhea. The rice and toast do the same thing because of their starch content. It is important to eat rice and toast without fat, though, as that will negate the benefits that these items bring.
As for tea and yogurt, they have long been praised for their health benefits, especially in relation to the digestive system. The tea - less caffeine is better - will help with re-hydration while the yogurt will help increase the number of good bacteria in your digestive system.