What is diarrhea?
Diarrhea are watery and loose stools. It is rather common and usually not serious on its own. Non-complicated diarrhea usually lasts 2-3 days. However, Diarrhea is often a symptom of other health problems.
What are the symptoms of diarrhea?
The symptoms of diarrhea may include:
- Allergies to certain food
- Food Intolerances
- Celiac Disease
- Food Poisoning
- Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
- Ulcerative Colitis
What are the causes of diarrhea?
The causes of diarrhea may include as the following:
- Viruses: Viruses that can cause diarrhea include Norwalk virus, cytomegalovirus and viral hepatitis. Rotavirus is a common cause of acute childhood diarrhea. The virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has also been associated with gastrointestinal symptoms, including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
- Bacteria and parasites: Contaminated food or water can transmit bacteria and parasites to your body. When traveling in developing countries, diarrhea caused by bacteria and parasites is often called traveler’s diarrhea. Clostridium difficile is another type of bacteria that can cause serious infections that cause diarrhea, and it can occur after a course of antibiotics or during a hospitalization.
- Medications: Many medications, such as antibiotics, can cause diarrhea. Antibiotics destroy both good and bad bacteria, which can disturb the natural balance of bacteria in your intestines. Other drugs that cause diarrhea are cancer drugs and antacids with magnesium.
- Lactose intolerance: Lactose is a sugar found in milk and other dairy products. People who have difficulty digesting lactose have diarrhea after eating dairy products. Lactose intolerance can increase with age because levels of the enzyme that helps digest lactose drop after childhood.
How to manage diarrhea
People who recover from diarrhea often are dehydrated and have poor gut health. They lost all the nutrients, gut microbiota, as well as electrolytes (salts) in the body after going through diarrhea. Having poor gut microbiota and lack of electrolytes would lower the immune system and will feel fatigue. Hence, it is important to consume prebiotics, probiotics, as well as electrolytes to replenish the body to its optimal condition. With YourGutt Instant Probiotic, it contains prebiotic, probiotic, and postbiotic to replenish your gut microbiota in no time!