What Causes Diarrhoea?
Diarrhoea is one of the body’s responses to an intestinal imbalance, which may have been brought about by any of these common triggers. 2
Viruses & Bacteria
When infectious organisms enter the body, they wreak havoc on our internal systems, particularly on the gut. 3
Medicines & Antibiotics
Medications may kill off some bacteria, and this can lead to others multiplying. This imbalance can lead to diarrhoea as a side effect. 4
Travel & Diet
Travel can be stressful and can also lead to a change in diet. Pathogenic bacteria and parasites can enter the body by means of unfamiliar food, in drinking water or when you touch surfaces. 5
How to Recognise Diarrhoea
What should you expect during an unpleasant spell of diarrhoea? You may experience any of the following symptoms.
Loose, Watery Stools
Frequent, runny stools and a sudden urgency to use the toilet are a sure sign that you may be suffering from diarrhoea. 6,7
Stomach discomfort is likely when experiencing diarrhoea, as the gut tends to bloat/and or cramp. 6
Fever & Dizziness
Fever is a common symptom of diarrhoea, and you may simultaneously feel lightheaded, or slightly delirious. 6
Diarrhoea: Tips & Remedies
Diarrhoea can interrupt your routine completely and leave you feeling out of control. Here are three tips to help bring things back into balance - and to do so quickly.
Keep it Simple
Bland, low-fibre foods can accelerate stool hardening. A simple diet of bananas, rice, apples and plain toast is recommended when you suffer from diarrhoea. 9
Avoid Extreme Temperatures
Consume all foods and beverages at room temperature. Extreme heat and cold can promote nausea, making the diarrhoea experience even more unpleasant than it already is. 10
Diarrhoea causes the body to lose fluids at a rapid rate, often leading to dehydration. In severe cases, oral rehydration therapy may be necessary. 8
How to Prevent Diarrhoea
Prevention is better than cure, and there are some easy measures you can take to help ensure diarrhoea doesn’t catch you off guard.
Wash your hands regularly… and properly!
Cross-contamination of viruses from surfaces to your fingers, to your mouth, is one of the easiest ways in which you can become host to a destructive viral infection. 12
Frequently Asked Questions
Diarrhoea can stop you in your tracks. You’ve probably got a few questions for us. Check out our FAQ.
When your stools are loose and watery, you could have diarrhoea. You can only be said to have diarrhoea if you experience loose and watery stools two or more times in one day. 13
There are three types of diarrhoea. Acute watery diarrhoea is most common and lasts for several hours or days. Persistent diarrhoea lasts a minimum of 14 days or longer. Acute bloody diarrhoea, also known as dysentery, is the passing of loose, bloody stools. In the event of bloody stool and/or persistent diarrhoea, always consult with a doctor or healthcare practitioner. 14
If you are passing unusually thin stools that exit with urgency, it's probably diarrhoea. Diarrhoea may be accompanied by abdominal cramping, bloating, nausea or fever. 13
Diarrhoea can be caused by anything from malabsorption of foods to harsh medications. One of the most common causes of diarrhoea is a bacterial infection, as well as a lack of good bacteria in the gut. 15
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What are You Doing to Protect Your Gut from Antibiotics?
Antibiotics help you fight infection, but they can wreak havoc on even the strongest gut. Using probiotics and prebiotics can help protect your gut from antibiotic-related gut symptoms.
Improper Nutrition Usually Leads to Gut Disorders
You are indeed what you eat, and a poor diet can lead to gut disorders. The traditional food pyramid may help you understand the role that your diet plays in the proper functioning of the body.
How Stress Affects the Gut: Our Second Brain
Many studies have explored the relationship between the gut and brain, and they have repeatedly found them to be quite codependent. Unfortunately, stress and abdominal pain do seem to go hand in hand.
How a Change in Season Affects the Body
If seasonal changes bring about anxiety, irritability, or various gastric disorders, you should consider taking the necessary precautions to delay or to prevent the onset of these conditions.
Traveling Could Have a Negative Impact on Your Gut Flora
There are a few gut disorders that can occur while you are travelling, but there are ways of preventing them. Learning about why these digestive issues occur may change the way you travel in the future.
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