Dealing With Excessive Diarrhea

We've all suffered bouts of diarrhea at one time or another, but a case of excessive diarrhea can be something else entirely. While many ailments and disorders are favorite subjects of TV advertisements promoting over the counter cures, excessive diarrhea isn't usually one of them. The subject is not particularly pleasant. The word itself is slightly objectionable to some, and one a child often comes across for the first time in preschool or kindergarten, and takes great joy in repeating over and over to friends, parents, and strangers.

While a case of diarrhea can be unpleasant or at least inconvenient, excessive diarrhea can for some be downright dangerous. Due to the loss of body fluids and other vital elements, excessive diarrhea can in some instances prove fatal to infants, the aged, or those having diseases or serious disorders, and who may be in a weakened state. Pet owners and veterinarians can attest to how deadly excessive diarrhea can be to very small animals, who cannot cope with extreme losses of body fluid.

Diarrhea Is Not Always A Bad Thing - There are a number of diseases which can cause diarrhea, including diverticular disease, hyperthyroidism, and ulcerative colitis, to name a few. In most cases distress in the gastrointestinal system is at the root cause, and the distress may be traced back to something we ate, or drank, especially if that which we ate or drank cantoned certain types of bacteria. A normal bout of diarrhea is often a good thing, our body's way of rapidly eliminating toxins.

Whether it’s a good thing, a one time event, or a bad thing, chronic or excessive, diarrhea, besides taking fluids from our body, also results in the elimination of various minerals and electrolytes the tissue in our body need to function. Our body requires a sufficient amount of calcium, potassium, magnesium, chloride, and sodium to function properly. We may be familiar with the danger of losing too much sodium and other salts when exercising on a hot day, bringing on the possibility of a heat stroke. Excessive diarrhea can have a similar effect, although the losses of these minerals are more apt to leave one feeling weak or tired. Ironically, overuse of supplements containing calcium and magnesium can lead to an onset of diarrhea.

How To Treat The Condition - There are numerous over the counter medications, as well as folk remedies, which can be very helpful in treating cases of diarrhea. One of the best is acidophilus, which can be found in tablet or liquid form, as well as in some yogurt products. Acidophilus builds up bacteria in your intestinal tract, good bacteria that help in the digestion of food and lessen the effects of diarrhea. A little lemon juice in water is another recommended treatment, as is a glass of wine. Excessive wine drinking however is not a recommended treatment for excessive diarrhea!

If you are having problems with diarrhea, excessive or otherwise, it is well to avoid solid foods as much as possible. You want to be ingesting food that is easy to digest. This will enable your body to receive the critical nutrients it needs, nutrients which otherwise might pass right through, as would happen with solid foods, or foods that are not quickly digestible. There may be a tendency to add fruits to the diet to counteract diarrhea, but as healthy as fruit is, this is generally not a good thing and in fact could make the situation worse. Bananas and apples are OK, in fact bananas, a good source of fiber, are highly recommended, but other fruits should be avoided until the condition passes.

As far as supplements are concerned, sodium and potassium, often lost in large quantities when one has diarrhea, need to be replaced as quickly as possible. Magnesium does as well, but as mentioned earlier, magnesium supplements, and calcium supplements as well, should be avoided until the condition has passed. Otherwise magnesium supplements may lead to prolonged or excessive diarrhea.


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