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Diarrhea: Causes and Best Ways to Treat It

Diarrhea is a very common ailment. Although uncomfortable, it is usually not serious. Let’s dive into what causes it and what you can do to improve the situation.

What causes diarrhea?

Diarrhea usually lasts 2 or 3 days and typically clears up without intervention. If you do need treatment, over-the-counter medications are readily available. Be sure to follow the package instructions.

While the most common cause of diarrhea is related to viruses that cause changes in the gut flora, it can also be caused by alcohol ingestion, food allergies or sensitivities to certain foods, bacterial infections, and medication usage.

Diarrhea and period: is there any connection?

Diarrhea is one of the main symptoms of food poisoning, but it is also common to have gas, diarrhea, or constipation while on your period.

This happens because during your menstrual cycle, hormone-like substances called prostaglandins make your uterine muscles contract, causing cramps.

Prostaglandins can also move into your bloodstream and affect other smooth muscles, including those in your colon. This causes diarrhea in periods.

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How to stop diarrhea

Diarrhea treatment starts with nutrition. That’s why deciding what to eat with diarrhea is so crucial.

Enrich your diet with broccoli, cauliflower, and apples around your period. Fiber contained in these products is extremely important for the normal functioning of the bowels.

If your stool is too runny on the eve of your period, a special diet known as the BRAT diet (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast) can help deal with that.

Around 1.1 oz (30 g) of fiber daily should do the trick, as long as you don’t increase the intake too quickly around the time you get your period. If done too quickly, food for diarrhea could exacerbate the symptoms.

No matter when and why you have diarrhea, taking a look at your diet is the first step to make. Pay attention to your other symptoms, though. If the situation becomes severe and bothersome, consult your doctor.

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20665964,00.html#help-i-always-get-diarrhea-during-my-period--0
http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/digestive-diseases-diarrhea

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