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hi Mar 9, 2006 12:21 AM

what should you drink and/or eat when you have the... runs? i'm wanting warm mile but i should avoid that??

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    Emme Mar 9, 2006 02:11 AM

    Rice and tofu are good bland options.

    Also, anything that promotes substantial bulk. Insoluble fiber is good.

    Also, as I'm sure you know, avoid caffeine, coffee, teas, and artificial sweeteners.

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      Beevod Mar 9, 2006 07:54 AM

      Beef stew with plenty of hot sauce washed down by Guinness stout. Works for me every time.

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      boogiebaby Mar 9, 2006 05:17 AM

      Gingerale, 7up or Sprite is always good. I usually stick to toast with just a little butter on it and gingerale when my stomach is upset.

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        Lanyboy Mar 9, 2006 12:32 PM

        In our family the rule was warm ginger ale (room temperature), cold stuff is not good for a bad stomach.

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        Dev Mar 9, 2006 07:29 AM

        Bland foods! If my stomach is upset as well as my colon, I usually stick to plain toast, rice, veggie broth (chicken soup is good for a non-veg) and when I start to get my appetite back, veggie broth w/ little noodles in it. If my stomach is not upset, then I'll eat things with fiber to stop the runs, like apples, but not too much fiber b/c I don't want to upset my stomach.

        Ginger is a good soother for upset stomach, as is papaya extract. Ginger ale is great b/c it's easier to stomach than many other drinks, and your condition causes dehydration as well. So drink lots of soothing liquids.

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          Evan Mar 9, 2006 09:03 AM

          Saltines. That'll bottle you right up...

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            Dev Mar 9, 2006 09:17 AM

            To answer your original question, dairy isn't a good idea, so no warm milk. And there's no better food on the planet for counteracting the runs than Matzoh!! Trust me, after 8 days of Passover we are wishing for the runs!

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              welle Mar 9, 2006 10:12 AM

              saltines to bind, yogurt to restore your stomach flora, sports drink to replenish your electrolytes.

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                danna Mar 9, 2006 02:15 PM

                Yes, Gatorade. Get a bunch of different colors. If you are as sick as my husband was last summer, you can verify based on color that yes, that liquid DID run right through you. (I just took his word for it)

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                  hobokeg Mar 10, 2006 06:34 AM

                  ugh, gatorade! the pediatrician recommended it for stomach flus and such when i was a small child. now if i even smell the lemon-lime original gatorade, i get queasy. but i still swear by it if i'm sick!

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                    danna Mar 10, 2006 09:17 AM

                    so funny. My Mom always made me drink ginger ale when I was sick... now, even though I love ginger, ginger ale makes me queasy.

                    I'm so glad she didn't ruin Gatorade for me ;-)

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                theSauce Mar 9, 2006 12:01 PM

                Rice porridge always works for me. 10 to 1 ratio, 10 cups of water to 1 cup of rice. It's really bland so you might want to add some defatted chicken broth.

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                  RWCFoodie Mar 10, 2006 10:43 PM

                  Yup, that's what I use too - jook/congee.

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                  Renee Mar 9, 2006 12:35 PM

                  It's called the BRAT diet
                  Bananas
                  Rice
                  Applesauce
                  Toast

                  I've gotten seriously ill (more than once) from what looks like food poisoning but I think is an allergic reaction to enoki mushrooms. It was opposite from the runs, ended up in the hospital and the ER docs said BRAT diet.

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                    Lisa Mar 9, 2006 04:31 PM

                    ditto, this is good plan

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                    JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester) Mar 9, 2006 03:34 PM

                    I just went through a bout of stomach flu myself. Gatorade is your friend. It's all that I had all day. Ginger ale is a good idea too, especially if you add a dash or three of Angostura bitters, a classic bartender's remedy.

                    Link: http://thecosmicjester.blogspot.com

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                      Bernadettehasacraving Mar 10, 2006 01:31 PM

                      Sprite ALWAYS works for me. Bananas, hot tea, and maybe white rice with some chicken broth also help. Anything that is too bland or too fragrant will get my gag reflex going. Water doesn't work either.

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