Stomach problems affect the majority of our population, as diarrhea and nausea
are as prevalent as the common cold or flu. But is there a natural way to spell relief, or do you have to rely on harsh OTC medications and an excruciating waiting game?The Facts
As described by the Cleveland Clinic health organization’s website, diarrhea is a common condition that can include bloating, loose stool, watery stool, and a sense of urgency to have a bowel movement. Though typically not serious, in more extreme cases you could have blood or undigested food, weight loss, and fever. And while it’s not usually a life-threatening red flag, it can quickly deplete your levels of water and salts, leaving the very young, old, and sick with trouble replacing those lost fluids.
Upset stomach can also be a common side effect from medication or other health-related therapies, making it an uncomfortable constant for those suffering from certain illnesses. Specifically, temporary diarrhea can result from radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and many other medications for cancer. But the Cancer Center of the Physicians of Saint Louis University have pointed to a number of diet changes that can really help . . . and it doesn’t matter if you’re fighting the Big C or not.Diet Options
One common acronym that is helping those suffering from diarrhea is the BRAT diet
, which consists of Bananas, Rice, Apples, and Toast. Unlike greasy, deep-fried foods that will only exacerbate the problem, these fruits and grains should help to curb the issue.
There are other ingredients that are often looked at as helpful in the battle against the bathroom. One such idea is smooth peanut butter in small, frequent snacks – perhaps even combined with the apples and toast mentioned above. It is a low-fiber food and is not at all gas-forming, making it a fairly safe bet.
But there are some natural options in a bottle as well.Thinking Outside the Box
If you’re experiencing any digestion problems that are leading to constant diarrhea or irritable bowel
, it might be time to look at a more permanent solution. Sure, a steady and improved diet will work wonders for you. But is there more you could be doing?
Turns out there is, and it comes in the form of a little supplement called prebiotics
You may have heard of its sexy cousin, PRObiotics
, but a prebiotic actually works like “fertilizer” for the big guy, helping those probiotics thrive and work well in your digestive track. Prebiotics have been shown to help acid reflux, gas, irritable bowel, diarrhea, constipation, and a whole slew of problems outside the stomach as well.
And more importantly, it could be what ends up keeping you from running to the bathroom.
So, if you’re suffering from that four-syllable d-word that we don’t like to bring up in public, maybe it’s time to look at your options. Because even if it’s not likely fatal, it can cause some extreme issues… and some harrowing trips to the toilet.Cited Sources
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