Astringent diet

Astringent diet

An astringent diet is the one that is formalized in order to regulate intestinal transit and with the purpose of controlling a process of diarrhea or to improve the high number of bowel movements daily. Its purpose is that the body can acquire a slower rhythm for various reasons and thus can recover some nutrients much better.

If you have suffered from any type of mishap, generally a gastroenteritis or some type of stomach ailment, the astringent diet will be associated with a series of foods that will help to have more constipated digestions.  

Astringent diet and its goals

If you have suffered from any type of diarrhea where your digestion has been affected, with poor absorption of nutrients and fluids and accompanied by abdominal pain, fever and malaise, it is surely causing a poor absorption of nutrients and water.

The causes can be diverse, among them produced by viruses, bacteria, parasites or taking some medications. In other cases it can be produced by acute pictures of inflammatory bowel diseases.

Astringent diet

In any of the cases, if you suffer from diarrhea, you have to make sure that the food you eat cause constipation, in order to rebuild the digestive system so you do not suffer from nutritional deficits, nor weight loss.

Broadly speaking, an astringent diet it must contain healthy food To be effective and if possible avoid those that contain lactose, those rich in insoluble fiber, those that are flatulent or irritants such as those high in caffeine or spicy.

Astringent foods that are recommended


These foods are advisable for this type of diet in order to have a firm digestion without too light digestions, they must be cooked simply and without irritating seasonings.

  • Dairy products: bifid yogurts are recommended.
  • Pasta, rice and cereals: white rice, normal pasta, bank bread and simple cookies.
  • Eggs: it is preferable that they are cooked, boiled or in an omelette but with little oil.
  • Beef: Chicken, rabbit, turkey, beef, pork loin, and if possible meats that are lean and well cooked.
  • Fish: practically all fish are allowed, both cooked and grilled.
  • Fruits: ripe banana, peach and pear in syrup, cooked or roasted apple without skin, quince and juices without pulp.
  • Vegetables and legumes: carrots, zucchini, cooked potato, asparagus, tomato, beet, pumpkin and vegetable broth.

Astringent diet

Foods to Avoid on an Astringent Diet

The foods that we are going to detail are those that must especially be avoided, since many contain fiber, contain fibrous meats, are legumes or foods that contain a lot of fat.

  • Fatty foods: butter, mayonnaise, or margarine.
  • Meats: in general those that contain a lot of fat, in this case pork or lamb. Game or veal meats or cold cuts in general, including pates.
  • Fish: blue fish, smoked fish, shellfish or fried fish.
  • Eggs: fried eggs are not recommended.
  • Sweets and pastries: whole grain biscuits, industrial pastries and chocolate.
  • Dairy products: all milk and its derivatives, including yogurts containing fruits and cereals.
  • Drinks: those containing gas, coffee, pulp juices and alcoholic beverages.
  • Carbohydrates: whole grain bread or cereals.
  • Fruits and nuts: dehydrated fruits, nuts and any fruit except apple, quince or ripe banana.

Astringent diet

Dietary recommendations to formalize the astringent diet

If you have started having extreme diarrhea and need rapid reincorporation into the hydration body and electrolytes, you can prepare the following formula: In a liter of water we will add the juice of three lemons, 2 tablespoons of sugar, a teaspoon of salt and half a tablespoon of bicarbonate.

As a recommendation, it is preferable that a specified plan be made of all the foods that can be taken, that is, a specific menu. You have to do frequent, low-volume meals during the day. 5-6 servings would be the right thing to do to promote normal bowel movement.

You have to eat food without having to chew a lot, rather they are soft or if possible crushed for easy digestion. Its temperature if possible warm, without exceeding extreme temperatures.

At the time of cooking the food must be boiled, steamed, sautéed, poached, grilled, oven or papillote, yes with as little oil as possible. Fried or breaded foods irritate the digestive mucosa.

Must take soft infusions Between meals to replace fluids, chamomile, lemon balm and lemon verbena are perfect. Lemon water, rice water, vegetable broths are also very beneficial.

Ealso avoid foods rich in fiber, raw vegetables, but rather cooked and without skin, dairy, fatty foods and the skin or fat of meats.

You have to reduce salt and sugar and try not to drink nada of alcohol. These are the ways to regain that intestinal activity that we had lost in a few days if we maintain a good rhythm and responsible food intake.

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