Treating diarrhea whilst touring
Diarrhea is no fun when you are travelling but this is the time you are most likely to get it and it seems to get worse as one ages. Fortunately you are in a van, you have your own toilet and once you have it you need to take control of your diet. In your misery just imagine how bad it is for those that do not bring their own toilet with them!
The first thing to bear in mind is that if you have this condition then you are losing fluids so in order to stay hydradated drink plenty of water. You will be making frequent journeys to the toilet anyway and that way you can kill two birds with one stone!
The standard cure for diarrhea is bananas, rice and toast and in general these things work pretty well. However you must be careful not to burn the toast and not to put too much butter on it – if any at all – as it has a high fat content and could give you stomach cramps. You also might want to give all other dairy products a miss for exactly the same reason with the exception of those containing probiotics such as types of yoghurt/
Rice and potatoes both have a high starch content which means that they are easily digested and unlikely to contribute to further problems. As a general rule, they are not particularly suitable in your diet but in the case of diarrhea we can make an exception.
Steamed white chicken is a good source of protein but once again be careful of adding anything with a fat content. Olive oil is very positive for your health when you are fit but will contribute to more visits to the toilet so give it a miss.
Blueberries and in particular dried blueberries have been used in Sweden as a traditional treatment for diarrhea. This could be because they contain tannins, which act as an astringent, contracting tissue and reducing inflammation. Blueberries also contain substances called anthocyanosides, which have antibacterial properties, as well as being a good source of antioxidants. Blueberries also contain the soluble fiber pectin.
Peppermint tea has apparently a soothing effect on the gastrointestinal system which relaxes the muscles along the intestinal tract, thus reducing spasms and gas.
If that fails then try the chemist!