How to stop diarrhea from ruining your life

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Got a bad case of the squirts? Its horrible, right?

You’re at work, or hanging out with friends, and you’re constantly running back and forth to the bathroom.

You do it quietly, hoping that no one notices. And if they’re nice, they play along and pretend not to.

But they notice. And you know they notice.

And all you want to do is crawl in a hole and die of embarassment.

If only there was a reliable method relieving diarrhea; one that could spare you just a single moment of that traumatizing social awkwardness…it would be worth it’s weight in gold.

Surely such a thing could never exist. Or could it?

Let’s find out by first looking at diarrhea’s common causes.

The 3 Most Likely Reasons for your Diarrhea

1. Lactose intolerance

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A huge percentage of the world is lactose intolerant. And there’s a good chance you are too.
Try eliminating all dairy from your diet for a few weeks to see how your body responds. That alone may be enough to solve the problem.

2. Antibiotics

Antibiotics kill bacteria. When you’re sick, they make you better by killing the bad bacteria.

The problem is, they kill the good bacteria as well. Healthy digestion requires the presence of friendly bacteria in your gut. When they get killed by antibiotics, the digestive process breaks down, and diarrhea is often the result.

If you’re doctor prescribed you antibiotics, DO NOT stop taking them. Do as the doctor orders.

After you are done taking your medicine, here’s what you can do to restore the natural balance to your digestive system:

Add a probiotic supplement to your diet. Probiotics work by re-introducing those friendly bacteria back into your colon.

The result is healthier digestion, and no diarrhea.

If you’re not a fan of pills, eat fermented foods such as greek yogurt, kimchee, or sauerkraut which are also rich in probiotics.

3. Artificial sweeteners

Artificial Sweeteners such as sorbitol, mannitol, and especially asparthame cause diarrhea for many people.

If you use artificial sweeteners, STOP. They won’t help you lose weight. They’re linked to all sorts of health problems including cancer. And they may be the cause of your diarrhea.

They’re basically evil in every sense of the word. So get rid of them.

Other Causes of Diarrhea You May Not Have Considered

What else causes diarrhea? Try to eliminate all this stuff from your diet as well:

  • antacids containing magnesium
  • excess vitamin C supplements
  • fried, greasy, or processed foods
  • alcohol
  • caffeine
  • sugar
  • large quantities of fruit
  • gluten

Everything on this list can cause diarrhea when consumed in excess. No surprise that most of them aren’t healthy for you anyway.

What to Do When You Have the Flu

If you’ve done everything I’ve told you so far, that should be enough to prevent diarrhea 98 percent of the time. But no matter how health conscious you are, it still happens to everyone occasionally.

So what do you do when you have the flu? How do you treat it?

The standard treatment is over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. Do they work? Yes. Are they good for you? No way.

When you’re sick and you have diarrhea, your body is attempting to eliminate something it doesn’t like. The problem with OTC drugs is they treat the symptoms, but not the underlying cause. They might stop they diarrhea, but they don’t address what caused it in the first place.

So what’s the alternative?

Just let the sickness run its course. And do the following 3 things to help it along:

3 Tips to Not Making Things Worse

1. Stay Hydrated

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When you have diarrhea, your body is losing water. So you need to replace it with something.

Some recommend sports drinks because they have electrolytes. The problem is, they’re also high in sugar. Try coconut water instead. It has more electrolytes, and less sugar.

Others recommend Seven Up or Sprite. This is just bad advice. They have no electrolytes, and are extremely high in sugar. In this case, plain old water is a much better alternative.

2. Drink Bone Broth

Yes, that’s broth made from bone marrow. It’s easily digestible, insanely nutritious, and actually quite delicious. Despite what you might be thinking if you’ve never tried it.

Ever wonder why mom gives you soup when you’re sick? Look at the ingredients in a can of Campbell’s soup. There’s nothing special in it. Most canned soups are quite unhealthy.

So where did soup get it’s reputation from? Back in the day, before commercial soup products, all soup was made from – you guessed it – bones!

Get some beef bones from the butcher, find a good recipe online, and make it yourself.

3. Disregard the BRAT Diet

For a long time, the BRAT Diet (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast) was the standard for relieving diarrhea.

The theory is to eat carbs rather than proteins, since carbs are easier to digest. And that gives your digestive system a chance to recover from the illness. Makes sense right?

Here’s the problem: rice and toast have no nutritional value.

Bananas and applesauce are good. But if you want some healthier starch alternatives to rice and toast, try these instead:

  • cooked carrots
  • yams
  • sweet potatoes

When it’s Time to See a Doctor

Diarrhea is usually nothing serious. But sometimes…it can be.

If the diarrhea is accompanied by…

  • a high fever
  • blood in stool
  • severe pain

or it lasts for more than a few days, it may be a symptom of something more serious. Try to use common sense. If you’re unsure in any way, play it safe. See your doctor.


About Kyle McMillan 80 Articles
Even as a child, Kyle had an inquisitive mind and a deep passion for writing. After completing high school,  he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism that gave him the opportunity to combine his passions. Today, Kyle is a top writer for Noble Nashville where he contributes pieces in a variety of genres. In his spare time, he enjoys being home with his wife of five years and the couple’s two children.

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