The B.R.A.T Diet
Also known as the bananas, rice, applesauce and toast diet is generally used by individuals with gastrointestinal distress such as irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) diarrhea, dyspepsia, and/or gastroenteritis, ulcerative colitis. This diet consists of consuming foods that are low in fiber as foods that are high in fiber can irritate and further complicate problems with the gastrointestinal tract. This diet should not be used to lose weight and should always be used in conjunction with a balanced diet plan. The secret to this diet is these foods are easy on your stomach and gastrointestinal tract – thus allowing your symptoms to ease or heal on their own. This diet is used by millions of people worldwide and is considered to be safe and the standard treatment for many chronic stomach problems.
Sometimes The B.R.A.T Diet is amended to the B.R.A.T.TY Diet which consists on the inclusion of tea and yogurt or the B.R.A.T.CH Diet which include boiled chicken. Any combination of these diets can result in easing an upset stomach and potentially healing other gastrointestinal issues.
How Does The B.R.A.T Diet Work
Bananas are extremely helpful for diarrhea for a variety of reasons. For one they are binding foods, the help the body restore structure to the stool in the intestines. Also, bananas are extremely high in potassium, which is an important mineral the body uses to replace nutrients lost due to diarrhea. This is also the reason why Rice and Toast are included in the diet as well. Some other foods that also act the same way are lentils, yogurt and baked potatoes – these all carry high amounts of potassium.
The main component of applesauce is pectin, apples are extremely high in pectin. Pectin acts in the same way with stool as does bananas by binding the stool and allowing it to flow together through the colon. Jellies, jams and gelatin all do the same but be careful of foods high in sugar as they may further complication digestion and intestinal issues.
Rice and Toast
Rice and toast are foods that are low in fiber share the same binding qualities and the stomach tends to react nicely to them. These foods are easily passed through the digestive tract and can help during bouts of pain or diarrhea. Other foods somewhat like rice and toast that can be eaten are pastas, some crackers and also low sodium broths.
It is highly recommended that the B.R.A.T diet be taken along with lots of fluids to keep the patient healthy and prevent dehydration. For reference a diet that is high in protein, fiber and calories should always be avoided if an individual has symptoms of diarrhea. Also a diet enriched with sugars and fats should be stopped.
The B.R.A.T Diet should first be used in small portions as to see if these foods further upset the stomach or bring relief. Do not attempt to start any diet without first consulting your doctor or health care provider.
If you experience any discomfort immediately discontinue using this diet and consult your physician immediately. Some people are allergic to fibers do not use this diet if you have not concluded you have no allergies to these ingredients.