I used to have very healthy regular stools until I took antibiotic for a tooth removal. The side effect was diarrhea. Since I hardly took antibiotic in my life, I thought I got food poison or stomach flu. A couple days later I stopped the antibiotic, but the damage was done.

The antibiotic killed the good germs in my intestine and my usual diet, such as baby carrots, apples, and oatmeals, now caused diarrhea every day. Sometimes I had to run to the restroom more than 10 times a day at work. I was exhausted and didn’t know what to eat except white bread and saltine crackers. I tried to drink kefir to introduce probiotics back into my system, but it gave me terrible gas.

Until one day I read in a blog about the benefit of small taro roots: they help with constipation as well as diarrhea. The next day after eating a small taro root I had normal stools. Now I haven’t had diarrhea for four months even when I sometimes skip eating small taro roots for a couple days.

Taro root contains rich source of nutrients, which include magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, fiber, manganese, copper and phosphorus, vitamins A, B6, C and E. I like to boil them in hot water for 15-20 minutes depending on their size, peel them and then enjoy on its own. You may use it for savory dishes or desserts; do not eat it raw.

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