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How to Stop Diarrhea on High Protein Diet

author image Maura Shenker
Maura Shenker is a certified holistic nutritionist and health counselor who started her writing career in 2010. She leads group workshops, counsels individual clients and blogs about diet and lifestyle choices. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, a Master of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University and is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
How to Stop Diarrhea on High Protein Diet
Adding vegetable fiber to your diet will help stop diarrhea from a high protein eating plan. Photo Credit fruit and vegetables on a pile studio isolated image by dinostock from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

A high protein diet can cause gastric distress and diarrhea due to a lack of fiber, an over-consumption of dairy products such as cheese or cream, or highly processed manufactured low carb snack foods. Chronic diarrhea can lead to dehydration and an electrolyte imbalance, causing mineral loss. Severe and prolonged diarrhea causes acidosis and kidney failure. Eating more fruits and vegetables and removing allergens from your diet will stop the diarrhea.

Step 1

Drink water to compensate for the loss of fluids caused by diarrhea. Replace electrolytes by drinking sugar-free coconut water or other sugar-free sports drinks. Avoid caffeinated beverages.

Step 2

Remove all manufactured synthetic food products from your diet. The sugar alcohols used in low carb snack foods are difficult to digest and cause bloating, gas and diarrhea.

Step 3

Eliminate all dairy products such as cheese, milk and whey protein. Twenty-three percent of Americans can not digest lactose, the natural sugar found in milk. Many high protein diets include unlimited dairy intake and the lactose intolerance causes diarrhea.

Step 4

Eat more fiber. Unsweetened psyllium husk powder can be added to water to add fiber without adding sugar or carbohydrates. Fruits and vegetables with a low glycemic index, as well as ground flax seed add fiber and should be eaten daily.

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