Diet tips to treat loose motions

When we suffer from loose motions, first thing we change is our diet. So i will be sharing diet tips to treat loose motions. I am sure the small change in  your diet will surely hep you to subside your loose motions.

Frequency of eating out is going on increasing day by day due to which problem of food poisoning is also increasing. When we talk about food poisoning, basic symptom is diarrhea.

Loose motions are not always due to faulty eating habits but also due to malabsorption or nutrients, eating food which your body is allergic and over consumption of salty or sweet diet. 

It is very essential that diarrhea is cured in short period of time because it empty’s up all the water preserves of the body and imbalances the water electrolytes and thereby causing dehydration. Imbalance in the electrolytes i.e your body salts can affect your pressure levels, sugar levels, anxiety dizziness. A small and common symptom of diarrhea can surely take you to hospital and lay you on bed for 2-3 days and get all your salts and water back in body.

A very common habit of every lay man is to stop eating or reduce oral intake to subside diarrhea. But that is not the correction solution. Body needs energy for its function.

If you reduce the supply of energy body further goes into trauma because diarrhea is malfunctioning of the intestine where the bowel movements have increased causing multiple loose motions caused by infection, gastroenteritis, or dyspepsia.

Diet tips to treat loose motions
Tips to treat loose motions

When someone experiences diarrhea, first thing to be stopped is milk and its products. After that green leafy vegetables and whole pulses. These are the common tips to stop diarrhea.

These don’ts are known by majority of the people. Soft Drinks, alcohol, fatty foods, and fruit juices have also to be avoided because it can aggravate the diarrhea (osmotic Diarrhea).

Raw fruits and vegetables also have to be avoided as they are high in fiber and increase loose motions. Majorly low residue food should be the choice of food. Here I would like to introduce to a special diet specially designed for diarrhea is called “BRAT” diet.

Where, B = Banana

R = Rice

A = Apple (mashed, Peeled)

T = Toast/ Tea (black)


BRAT diet is practiced by most of the nutritionist as it gives excellent results and helps to control diarrhea in a small period of time. It binds motion and improves the condition.

BRAT diet has many other advantages:

How to start BRAT diet in a patient having diarrhea? First of all, as I said that water balance of the body has been disturbed it is important to fill those water reserves.

So increase intake of water, clear liquids like fresh lime juice, Coconut water, non-caffeinated juices, sodas, Oral re-hydration solution to avoid dehydration. Quantity of clear liquids has to be gradually increased as per the tolerance starting with few sips at a time. If the liquids are properly tolerated without feeling of nausea and vomiting, gradually BRAT diet can be started.

Bananas are considered helpful to bind stools and cause constipation. So it is best to start your diet with.

Include Rice to the meal as it has gelling property. It absorbs the extra water in the intestine and helps in binding stools. It also reduces the transit time of intestine as it is very low in fiber.

Apples also have soluble fiber which has properly to absorb water and form gel like substance. Apple without skin in the mashed form or sauce form is to be considered.

Toasts / Black Tea are also considered because they also have property of binding stool ad it gives energy because patient is not able to eat anything else.

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Maida products can be included for e.g. pasta, Semolina, rice products. Even after your symptoms have subsided, avoid raw vegetables, milk, cheese, coffee and fried or fatty foods for a week.

These are the ways in which you can help reduce or stop diarrhea through making changes in your diet. But instead of these changes if your diarrhea doesn’t subside please consult your health specialist/ physician.

Severe loose motions can be dangerous as they makes you dehydrated and you may fall severely sick. So if you feel that your frequency of motions have been more than normal, go on a BRAT diet and if no results then don’t hesitate to go to your doctor who will help you to treat it. 

Mostly loose motions are treated with some antibiotic and some electrolytes to maintain that balance. Along with medicine also it is important that you follow BRAT diet.

If you are suffering from loose motions now, first thing you don’t stop is drinking water. Keep drinking plenty of water. Boil the water and then drink it. Stop eating outside food and packaged food. Eat only ghar ka khana. Stop eating raw salads and too much of fiber in diet. Try to stay at home and rest to avoid any complications.

There are many of us who frequently have this issue of having loose stools. Every time it may not be because of any infection. Many a times it is also because of bad digestion or any allergic to food. So when you have loose motions try to analyse your diet every time then you will be able to figure put if you are allergic to any of the food specifically.

Most common intolerance people have is against gluten (which is majorly found in wheat, rye, oats, barley) and lactose (which is a form of sugar in milk). So on first to your avoid food list you can add gluten and dairy products. Also wtratch out on products ingredient information if they are gluten free or lactose free. So here reading labels of your food products is very important.

And if you feel better by excluding them that means you were allergic to gluten or lactose. If not then try to keep check on other food which you feel it troubles you. And you exclude that from your diet.

Further if you have any queries, I will be glad to answer them. Please put your queries in comment section.

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187 thoughts on “Diet tips to treat loose motions”

  1. Hello Neha,
    I was having flue and i took medicine for curing it. Now because of that i am suffering from loose motion. And dont want to stop my diet beacause i want to gain weight ,can you please suggest me a healthy diet???
    Like will it be safe to drink milk or banana shake??

  2. Hello mam I m suffering from loose motion and when i eat something I feel vomiting and there is always a gas in my stomach from 1 week what can i do pls suggest me

  3. Hi mam can you help me. I am getting loose motion since 2/3 months. Doctor give me tablets Novmaxin RT but I take tablet loose motion down and I stop to take tablet then increase. So what can I do mam. Pls Suggest Me.

  4. Hi Neha,
    i am suffering from loose motion for last one month. Not only loose motion a very bad indigestive problem too. Please tell me what should i do now…

  5. Hi I m sumeet I m having loose motion n bleeding , how much Time does medicine take to cure .n wht food should I eat .?

  6. Helo, mam
    I m shweta and my husband was suffering from loose motion from last two weeks and we have consern with Doctors also and he is hospitalized but no output comes out and the problem have been same

    Please suggest us what we do in such conditions

  7. Dear Neha,
    Suffering from stomach ache and mild loose motion since three days. I take Homeo medicines for my allergy issues so continued with Homeo for my present condition. feel like nothing is getting digested well. Frequent gas build up. I have been eating rice and banana. Lemon juice. Still the issues persists. Please suggest.

    • Hello Rahul,
      take clear liquids like coconut wtare, lemon water, buttermilk, clear soups etc.
      Dark coffee, black tea, green tea/coffee will also help

  8. i m suffering from both constipateint and lose motion…when lose motion alright then constipatient disturb me and when constipatient right then i have been suffered in losemotion…tell me what i ate mam

  9. i m suffering from both constipateint and lose motion…when lose motion alright then constipatient disturb me and when constipatient right then i have been suffered in losemotion…tell me what i ate mam

  10. Hi Neha.

    Wish you a good morning as well as Happy Republic Day. Actually i am suffering from loose motion since 2 to 3 days and also after taking high dose medicine it is not recovering. What diet plan should i maintain for quick relief?

  11. After eating heavy foods,its starts paining in stomach after sometimes and I also has problem of loose motion from last 3-4 blood and stool report are normal.plz advice

  12. Hi my son suffering from loose stools since two days his age is 3 yrs weight is 14 kg . doctor prescribed zinconiva but still he is not recovering

  13. Hello Neha,

    I am type 1 Diabetic. when diagnosed i was also suffering from GERD.
    Now after 3 years life is quite good the only problem i face is indigestion 🙁
    eating anything outside leads to loose motions.
    earlier Alcohol was contributing to it but i have stopped completely.
    another thing which i find difficult is to quit smoking
    does being diabetic and smoking has anything to do with my body rejecting alcohol and food cooked outside . I mean to say even the slightest inferior or heavyly cooked food( with oil/ghee/spices) creates discomfort.

    please suggest whats to be done in case of loose motions i follow the BRAT routine but thats a cure once its caused how to improve the whole functionality of the digestive system. i hope its reversible.
    your kind assistance is needed in their matter.

    thanks in advance keep going with the good work you are doing >> all the best !

  14. Hi neha,
    I have loose motions for 2 days now, taken norflox tz but still no change and had vomiting as well could you please suggest me what should be done.?

  15. Hi Dr
    I am diabetic and since last 2 months suffering from Diarrhea , If I eat anything especially at time , the whole night I will be awake.

    I have been taking Medicine eldopar very often and with that when at home I have Nutmeg powdered with honey and this gives me early relief.
    But I want permanent solutions for this.
    Pl help.

    • Hello Basavraj,
      You go for stool test and also try to include curds in your diet. One bottle yakult in a day. See how you feel.
      Also follow BRAT diet which i have mentioned in my write up.

  16. Hi mam for loose motions and once vomiting i have taken 2 imodium yedterday n one today.feeling better but after eating dahi rice at 1400 hrs had loose motion at 1700 hrs. shall i take one more imodium tab. feeling weakness n no apetite. plz adv i have seen BRAT SHALL I FOLLOW IT. THANKS

  17. ma’am i had an abortion but their was no as such side effects of medicine bt yesterday i went outside nd after coming home as i was sweating a lot i drank chilled water after that i had fever nd wen fever got cured then loose motion started ..plz help me what shld i do

  18. i have a gas problem since 2 month ,dr advice me take essopemrazol until my problem solve ,and i take these for a whole month and my problem solve but then after one or two week the problem came back and this time i have loose motion too ,i am taking anti bacteria tablets but i have side effect on these like dazzing an d heart pounding what i suppose to do ?

  19. hii mam its praveen . I m suffering from loose motion from last six months but not so much critical condition. I go to the toilet only one time a day .but whenever I eat something oily like puris or ghee I suffered from loose motion but only one times a day please help.

  20. Hii mam i am suffering loose motion from 2 days with fever and i am not feeling hungry even if i don’t eat from morning also with lot of pain pls give me necessary suggessions

  21. Lose motion on tour. When i eat ice cream … cake after lunch its reachs me. Unfortunetly i had it. Can i eat buiscuits to stop lose motion.

  22. Hi,
    I am having losse motions from last 3 days, also 2 days ago I was suffering from fever,i think its from heat of the medicine, what should I do to stop it.please suggest

    • Hello Danesh,

      Eat White breads, banana, peeled apple, curd rice, Khichdi, Tea, coffee, coconut water and drink enough water throughout the day. Avoid Drinking fruit juices and milk.

      • hello mam,
        i m suffering stomatch problem from last 6 months ialso loose my wait nd i also losse intrust in eating i m feelinf very low , my diest is half than last 6 monts kindly suggest me what can i do

        • Hello Rahul,
          You can eat white breads, curd rice, khichdi, buttermilk, tea/ coffee, apple , banana.

          First control your loose motions then you will be able to eat well..

  23. Hie i hve loss motion before one month
    My health is so critical

    Before last month my weight is 53 but now my weight is only 46 plese any suggest me

    • Hello Erik,
      Pls get your stool test done.. Let me know the cause of your loose motions so i can suggest you food for weight gain..

  24. A.a.o medm
    its asim from pakistan,conssistantaly i m suffering from lose motion more than a month,i frobid to eat spicy food,milk, and follow doctor prescription drugs,,,medum should i do?????

  25. Hello maam.i m suffering from loose motions from last 3 days.i m so far from my country nd want to have curry chawal.can i hve because i m missing my country food so much.

    • hello Kamal,
      Drink coconut wtaer, Nimbu paani, buttermilk.Eat breads, banana, apple, khichdi, Rice whatever available form these options. Drink dark coffee and tea with very little or no milk.

      • Hiii Mam ….. i am too much suffering from loosing weight /… after beakfast i start loose motion ….remember not lunch and dinner…. my breakfast is fast food and milk …..the main problem is that m too much feeling week …no growth of body … age is 23 year …
        plzzzzz give me your experience……

  26. Neha madam i am suffering from losse motion last 15 years i go all kind of dr. Ayurved but no one solve my this problem when i am thinking to go outside then i go toilet minimum 4-5 times or more and i cant go anywhere by bus or anyother way when i go from train then no problem come plzzz helpe to solve this problem

  27. Mam I am sufferring from loose motions from past 4 days medicine r not working m having ors twice a day…along wid normal light diet still no improvements. They r not stopping suggest me sumthing?!

    • Hello DImpi,

      Eat curd,rice, white breads, Banana, Apple, dark Tea & Coffee (Less milk or no milk),Lemon water, clear soups, Khichdi,


  28. Dear Neha,
    I m suffering from loose motion for more than a year now… i have to visit the toilet at least 2 times everyday with liquid excretion specially in the morning…is it ibs or diarrhea? I want
    quick solution to this problem.

    • Dear Fatimah,

      With rice best would be to have curd or else you can add any form of curry but less spicy, less oily and thin consistency.
      Eat apple, banana, breads, rice, tea, coffee, curds, yogurts etc. Take care


  29. I have suffering loose motions for last 2 months daily i got 3 to 4 times,when i ate any food i got loosely motions and i checked doctor and scanned ultra scan for kidneys,totally stomach report is normal.What happens i dont kne,is there any symtoms for cancer.Could you please guideness to me,suddenly i got pain and got motions.

    • Hello Rajesh,

      Get your stool test done. There might be some malabsorption in stomach and intestines. If require consult a gastroenterologist. He will help you the best.


  30. hello mam,

    My stomach get upset, ihad a problem of Motions 2 or 3 days before i had medicine as well.., still feeling not perfct yet..
    please suggest which fruit i could have.


  31. Hi mamm,
    Last one month I have an upset stomach and loose motions I have seen doctors but no use. After I stop taking medicine my loose motions starts…and I have constipation too….please suggest.

    • Hello Sarvesh,

      Eat white breads, pav, apple, banana, curds, rice, tea, coffee, khichadi etc. Keep sipping in Electral (ORS) water


  32. hey neha,
    actually i m having the problem of severe loose motions from last night, i go to gym daily and work for 2 hours atleast i do heavy workout, can u plz suggest me what can i eat before and after workout?? and yeah i am having the problem of stomach pain also.

    • Hello Shubham,

      For loose motions eat bread, biscuits, banana, apple, rice, khichdi, tea, coffee etc
      Avoid fruit juices. Drink boiled water.
      Pre workout take fruit
      Post workout take whey protein (after loose motion stops)


  33. Hi mam, you said drinking black tea is good during loose motion. Is it advisable to take black tea with sugar or are we supposed to consume it without sugar. How about green tea?

    • Hello Sharon,

      With small amount of sugar is ok. Green tea is also beneficial. But if you don’t like then do not forcefully feed yourself with it.


    • Hello Khushbu,

      Please follow the same recommendations.. Stomach pain could be because of underlying infection. So pls visit your physician if loose motions have not subsided.


    • Dear Abhishak,

      Avoid sugar, sweets and other sugar based products while loose motions. Intake of these foods will increase loose motions.


  34. I am going to gym. but i have loose motion. How to solve loose motion problem? I am eating Amul butter with bread & 4 egg daily and 2 potatoes. plz give me imformation about this. what should I eat when i go to GYM?

    • Hello Yogesh,

      Give rest to your body. Do not have so much protein in your diet when you have loose motions. Take lots of fluids and BRAT diet as explained in the article above.

    • Hello Paromita,

      You can take roti if mild loose motions. In case of severe loosemotions eat more of rice and its products


  35. Hi mam,

    You asked to not to eat milk products. But one of the comment you mentioned to eat curd rice which is conflicting. Please advice.

    • Mr Sriram,

      Milk and Milk products will have same content but the characteristics will definitely differ. Milk will increase loose motions whereas curds will help to control loose motions.


  36. Dear Mam,

    I have Stomach Ulcer problem & blood Cholesterol. I am regularly (Daily) eating Apple, Pomegranate, Almond, Dates. Is there any problem eating these fruits while having the stomach ulcer & blood cholesterol? Pls. advice

  37. Mam I had drink rumm last night and from the next morning I drank water and did Bommet that whater than I have got lose motion from last night I have gone to bath room only once but lose noting remaining same could please suggest m can I eat meggy ar any soap

  38. hi mam

    I have consumed fish curry on Saturday night and Sunday morning, I ate lot of fishes, and in noon I ate lots of green peas, and rajma, after few hours. I am getting loose motions, watt should I do to reduce it

    • Dear Pruthvi,

      Eat white bread and butter, curd rice for meal, Consider eating only banana and peeled apple for fruits. You majorly had food which are rich in proteins. So too much of protein at a time is difficult for your gut to digest hence there in indigestion. Take care you watch out what you are eating and how much you are eating.


  39. Dear Mam, I have taken dinner & black coffee in my relation home before 2 month. Next day I have severely affected in loose motion, around 30 times in a one day. After that lose motion becomes to the normal in next few days. Now (After 2 month of this problem) i feel my body was total strength less / Tired ness / head ache in last 2 month. Is this problem of only energy? or pls. suggest what can I do further

    • Hello Thirumoorthy,

      In your case I fell you should visit your MD physician and get your health check up done. Let him rule out for food allergies if any. You can start on any multivitamin supplement to over come any deficiencies.


      • Dear Mam, I have visited Doctors, and they have not taken any tests due to they told that there is no significant problem in my health. I feel so tired and difficulties in each activities and I never feel like this before. Is there any body energy level test? my age: 31, Weight: 56, Height 166 cm

        • Hello Thirumoorthy,

          i would advise you to increase your water or fluids intake. Add more fruits and raw veggies to your diet and also start a multivitamin supplement. At the most youe can check your levels of Vit D and Vit B12 checked.


          • OK MADAM, daily Physical Exercise & cycling will help to come out from this?

            or daily Physical Exercise & cycling in low energy will create the problem? Pls advice

          • Hello Thirumoorthy,

            Physical exercise will definitely improve your bowel health. Keep your self hydrated while exercising. Avoid junk and unhygeinic food to reduce the chances of food infection related loose motions.


  40. HEllo
    I have been frequently suffering from loose motion.sometimes 3 times in a week..and it had been for few years,,since i started having food from restaurants.I consulted doctor and found nothing.pls suggest any food diet to get rid out of dis. .

    • Hello Sham,

      You should stop eating out. Drink only packaged water or boiled water. Drink 1 bottle yakult for a month. Include more of curds/ ypghurts in your diet. Use less oil and ghee in diet. Eat whole fruits rather than drinking fruit juices..


  41. Hello,
    I am feeling very bad due to lose motion for last one month.When i eat any thing or little spicy food and on the next day early have motion,Lose motion is once or twice in a day also feeling sound in my stomach……Please help me what should i do….is this serious condition?????

    • Hello Kalash,

      Please get your stool test done. Till the time reports come follow BRAT diet and other diet recommendation given. Also drink 1 bottle yakult per day and lost of curds and buttermilk through out the day. Eat less spicy and less oily/ fried food.


  42. Thanks Mam, but plz suggest something more other than BRAT bcz I have SINUSITIS and create problem to eat banana, lemon, curd, etc. Plz …..

    • Mr Satya Prakash,

      Do not eat or drink anything which is very high in sugar. This can increase loose motions. Drink buttermilk, lemon water, ORS, coconut water etc to keep your fluids level high. Eat white breads/pav and maida products like toast or biscuits if loose motions are very severe. Eat more of rice preparation but with very less spices.

  43. Plz help. Having severe loose motion taking medicine but unable to control. Whatever trying to eat causes acid. Banana also. What should I do.

    • Dear Majula,

      Drink only coconut water, lemon juice and buttermilk. if able to sustain then eat curd rice, white breads, apple , banana etc


  44. I am at hostel. And I woke up at 5pm and been to bathroom twice, had to sit there for an hour. I had electrolytes water, a banana. My stomach feels weird and turning a little. What do I do?!

    • Hello DIva,

      Sorry for late reply. I hope sure your motions must have stopped by now. Next time it happens have white bread/ Pav and butter with dark coffee. Eat banana, apple, curd rice throughout day.

  45. Your article has been informative & Helpful in controlling looose motion of my mother who was not able to control inspite of medicine & light food.Your article came as a blessi.g in disguise which helped her though she is very weak..but i hope she is able to recover.How to use ginger?

  46. I have loose motions. Can i eat mango or kiwi beside banana or apple. As my throat is pain due to vomitting nothing except gas.

    • Hi jack,
      SOrry for delay. Mango will aggrevate loose motions. So U can take white bread, dark black coffee, apple, banana, curd, rice, biscuits for regularising your motions.

  47. My father has diarhea for hv given medicine and say that avoid food causing diarhea for 5 6 months.he has diabetes n high blood pressure also.plz guide me with some recipies and foods which he can eat on daily basis for 3months.pllz

    • Hello,
      If you do not have any medical problems or if you are not overweight then try taking white bread butter every alternate days or days when you have loose motions. Apart from that add one bottle yakult to your diet daily. Rest information is given in the blog.


    • Hello Soumya,
      BRAT diet is specifically for condition when you have severe loose motion or diarrhea.Otherwise it can also lead to constipation.


  48. Thanx for this valuable advice neha mam. You gave best solution for everyone you help us god helps always you……:)
    Thank you so much

  49. after the loose motions have stopped,there is slight pain in the stomach after long durations is it normal due to loose motions??

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