Effective Ways to Stop Diarrhea Before It Starts

When it comes to diarrhea, ignorance is far from bliss. Daily habits, what you eat, even an allergy can surprise you. Here are some quick tips to prevent your bowels from moving too fast in the first place, and keep them moving at a more reasonable speed.

Say no to beer and red wine. Some people have a problem when these two beverages go to their heads, but if you’re prone to diarrhea they may send you to the head instead. Both are known to cause diarrhea. All alcoholic beverages, by the way, can lead to diarrhea when consumed in excess.

Choose an alternative to coffee or tea. An excess of either caffeinated beverage may not be good to the last drop. Coffee and tea speed up the digestive process–you need to slow it down for an effective home remedy.

Pass on eating sorbitol. Sorbitol’s not well absorbed by anybody and it can cause gas or diarrhea within a couple of hours. It is a sweetener found in some brands of mints, candies, and gum. If the chew gives you fits, put the gum on your bedpost, not in your mouth. Some people even have problems with apple juice or pear juice, both sorbitol-rich.

Round up all the other usual suspects. In addition to sorbitol, the sweeteners mannitol and fructose also can cause diarrhea.

Join the scrub team. Contagious intestinal bugs that cause diarrhea can be caught from toilet seats. Experts recommend avoiding public rest rooms if possible. If you can’t avoid them at least don’t use the stalls that are so soiled even flies shun them. You may also wish to use the less popular end stalls, use toilet seat protectors if available, and by all means wash your hands when you’re finished. Clean your own toilet seat frequently when a family member comes down with an intestinal bug.

Have your diarrhea take a hike. If you’re the outdoorsy type, a few minutes of prevention may keep you from having to answer the real call of the wild. Before drinking water from streams, springs, or any untreated source, make sure that the liquid is rendered as pure as it looks. Guard against diarrhea-causing microbes by boiling your water vigorously for 1 minute, or inserting iodine tables from your favorite outdoor shop.

Avoid pet peeves. Owning dogs and cats can be one of life’s great pleasures. But if the wrong bacteria are present, affection may lead to infection. Thirty seconds of hand-washing after handling a pooper scooper can keep your pets from giving you a run. And, as your mother warned you–petting can get you in trouble. Wash your hands after stroking your Fido or Simba.

Limit your intake of antacids. If one of the ingredients in your antacid medicine happens to be milk of magnesia (a laxative), don’t be surprised if you begin heeding nature’s call more frequently than you’d like. Read the fine print on the label and do your bowels a favor. The laxative properties take effect in 30 minutes to 6 hours.

Diarrhea is sometimes a manifestation of more serious health problems so if you have been suffering from it for more than three days, you better call your doctor.

About the Author

Harold writes for MethodsOfHealing.com focusing more on sleep apnea treatments and other sleep disorders.

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