People say love is the best feeling, but I think finding a toilet when you are having diarrhea is better.
Laughter is the best medicine…except for treating diarrhea.
Yes, diarrhea is certainly the subject of many jokes, but the truth is, when you’ve got it, it’s no laughing matter.
Now, occasional diarrhea is one thing—it usually clears up in a day or two. But it’s quite another when diarrhea becomes a regular thing for you, as in chronic diarrhea.
Let's take a little closer look at this often joked-about but potentially serious condition.
It keeps you running
Diarrhea is simply your body’s way of saying, "Get this out of me NOW!"
With diarrhea, your wastes move through your colon way too fast. Since the colon is where the excess water in your feces is absorbed, when everything flies through at the speed of light, the colon doesn't have a chance to do its job...
And you get the classic loose, watery stools known as diarrhea.
Oh, and sense of urgency like nothing else on earth.
But wait! There’s more
With diarrhea, having to sprint to a toilet on a moment's notice is not the only problem.
Because when your wastes rocket through the intestinal tract, chances are excellent that you are not properly absorbing the nutrients from your foods as they fly on by.
This can lead to nutritional deficiencies over time and underweight. (Sadly, that's why some people have resorted to abusing laxatives to induce diarrhea as a way to lose weight—with little regard for what it’s doing to their body in the long run.)
But the flip side can also be true. Lacking nutrients can also lead to feelings of constant hunger since your inner dinner bell rings when you need nutrients.
Constantly feeling hungry leads to overeating...and you know what THAT means. That scale number creeps up, Up, UP.
Plus diarrhea is an excellent way to get irritation in your “exit ramp”--otherwise known as hemorrhoids or anal fissures.
Lastly, since your body isn't absorbing the fluids from your wastes like it should, you're at risk for dehydration. (This is especially dangerous for small children and the elderly.)
What it is and isn't
Now, diarrhea is not a disease in and of itself, but rather a symptom of something else.
That something else can be any number of things like:
IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
Celiac disease/gluten sensitivity
Food allergies and sensitivities
An excess of Vitamin C or magnesium
The sugars found in dietetic candies--sorbitol, mannitol and xylitol
Viral or bacterial infection
Fructose or lactose intolerance
What to do to stop running to the loo
If you have acute diarrhea (diarrhea that's related to a bug, virus, something you ate, etc.), although you may feel lousy, chances are it will resolve itself within a few days. Just make sure you stay hydrated.
But chronic, long-term diarrhea is a different story.
First and foremost it's important to see a doctor to rule out anything serious.
But in the absence of a specific underlying condition, chronic diarrhea is most commonly the result of the foods you eat and how efficient your digestion is.
When you eat processed foods and meal combinations that are hard to digest, you put your entire GI tract into a stressed state.
Your stomach can churn and repeatedly secrete acid trying to break down what you've just eaten. This can go on for as long as 8-10 hours or more.
Eventually the stomach passes the "mess" on to your small intestine as if to say, "I've had enough--you deal with it now!"
Then your small intestine tries like heck to finish the job, but it can only do so much—it was not designed to do its work AND finish up the stomach’s job too.
By the time this mess reaches the colon, heaven help you. If your foods are not broken down properly, this can stress the colon, and in a stressed state it may not properly absorb the water it should to make your bowel movement "solid."
And you fly like a jet plane to the toilet.
Put an end to the explosions
To help keep things running smoothly at the "bottom," you have to start at the TOP (what you put in your mouth).
If you want to get rid of chronic diarrhea, you must eat foods that are nourishing to your body, and make sure that your meals pair foods that break down better together in your system.
When you eat meals that are easier for your system to break down, your stomach and intestines literally shout out, "Thank you!" and your digestive problems (including diarrhea) can begin to disappear FAST.
There are just a few easy-to-understand guidelines that explain how and why eating this way works so well for everyone, no matter how badly you've eaten before or how long diarrhea has been your companion.
Put your army to work too
Your intestinal flora also helps break down your foods and encourages normal bowel movements.
Problem is, thanks to the typical diets most people have, their intestinal flora balance is the complete opposite of what it should be, and they instead have an environment that favors harmful bacteria. This is an open invitation for diarrhea or other digestive problems.
But a potent, high-quality probiotic supplement may help turn that around for you fast, and help you maintain a proper flora balance each and every day.
The probiotic strains Bifidobacteria Infantis, Bifidobacteria Longum, Lactobacillus Casei and Lactobacillus Rhamnosus, all of which have been shown to help counteract diarrhea and improve digestion!
They go to work immediately in your gut, beefing up your population of beneficial, disease-fighting bacteria, helping to strengthen your gut wall, enhancing digestion and crowding out harmful pathogens.
Don't think for one minute longer that your only solutions to chronic diarrhea are anti-diarrhea medications or eating lots of bananas!
Experience the power of the right diet and a healthy flora balance, and I'm sure you'll be able to say goodbye to chronic diarrhea and hello to more normal bowel movements very soon!
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