Do you know why you must avoid drinking milk in diarrhoea?
Hello.In my previuos article,I mentioned some of the important things you need to know about diarrhoea.But I leave one question at the end of it.So,the question is why can’t you drink milk when you are having diarrhoea?
The reason is,drinking milk while you still have diarrhoea can aggravate the diarrhoea itself and create a condition known as lactose intolerance.Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest a sugar called ‘lactose‘ which is usually present in milk and diary products.Normally,when a person consumes any food or drink containing lactose,these lactose will be broken down by an enzyme in the intestine,lactaseinto two another sugars.They are glucose and galactose.These two are the simpler unit of sugar.They will be absorbed into the gut,then into the blood stream and finally will be turned into energy,as a fuel for our bodies.
People with lactose intolerance will be lacking in the enzyme lactase.Their bodies do not produce enough lactase to break down the lactose.Hence this lactose remains in the gut (intestine) and gets broken down by intestinal bacteria producing gas,bloating,stomach cramps and diarrhoea.
Incidence of lactose intolerance is quite common among Asians,native Americans and some other ethnic groups.It is rare in babies,and not likely to affect small kids but people can become lactose intolerant when there are still teens or in adulthood.
That is the reason why you must not drink milk if you get diarrhoea,as it worsened the condition.I think I may have some degree of intolerance too after drinking milk,but still can be controlled,and I still drink milk till now.So,continuing from my previous story,I stopped drinking chocolate milk until my diarrheoea stopped.And other important things that my doctor said was,to eat soft food,and less in fat like porridge,crackers and bananas.Avoid eating very sweet food and high-fibre ones.Preferably,do not eat rice with other common dishes that you always take.This is to reduce the activity of your intestine.Otherwise,your intestines will never stop working if you do not control your eating even you’re having diarrhoea.
Hope this information useful for you.Thank you for reading