Diarrhoea is the name for when you’re stools are too loose. It’s can be an entirely unpleasant condition, as you can get caught and NEED TO GO at a moment’s notice, when a toilet may not be close by. I remember flying home from a holiday in Egypt, where the majority of people had contracted something that was causing diarrhoea. The two toilets weren’t enough for a plane-load of people and some very comical scenes ensued. I thought they were comical until the ‘bug’ got to work on me the next day, while walking through Hyde Park in London. I admit, I felt very guilty for giggling at the people on the flight!
Diarrhoea is often a temporary problem
However, diarrhoea is often a temporary problem. If caused by illness or food poisoning, the body is just trying to quickly rid itself of a parasite or intrusive organism. In these cases, it’s best to let it run its course and rehydrate with water and electrolytes. I would strongly advise against electrolyte sports drinks, as these are typically high in sugar as well as artificial flavours and colours. Instead, choose something more natural such as coconut water, which is an excellent source of electrolytes. Alternatively, you could try making your own.
DIY Healthy Sports Drink
- 1 quarter of coconut water or brewed herbal tea
- 1/4 cup of juice for flavour
- Honey or maple syrup to taste
- Pinch of sea salt or Himalayan salt
- Add a splash or lemon or lime. Or, 1 tbsp of cal-mag powder.
- Stir all ingredients together to fully combine and enjoy fresh.
Servings 4. Prep time: 1 minute.
Sole (pronounced so-lay) is water that has been fully saturated with natural salt. It’s an ancient remedy that can help support hydration, detoxification, digestion, weight loss, blood sugar, energy, and muscle cramps.
- 8 ounces of filtered water
- 1 tbsp of finely ground Himalayan salt or Himalayan salt chunks. Please note, do not use table salt for this recipe and only high quality Himalayan salt.
- Pour the water into a glass with a plastic lid. Note, do not use a metal lid or spoon for this recipe.
- Stir in the salt granules until completely dissolved. If using salt chunks, place a few small chunks in the jar, and leave it to sit overnight.
- First thing each morning, before eating or drinking anything, stir 1 teaspoon or sole into a glass of water, and drink.
Please note, if you have high blood pressure, please consult your doctor before drinking sole.
Both of the recipes shown above are suitable for vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free diets.
What else can cause diarrhoea?
Diarrhoea is often the result of having too much fluid in your colon. This speeds up the time it takes your stool to move through your digestive system. Other causes include:
- Lactose or food intolerances.
- Stress, which can cause the colon to contract. This results in the stool moving through the colon too quickly, not allowing water to be absorbed by the body.
- Inflammation of the small intestine, which makes it harder for the colon to absorb water, and again causing loose stools.
- Consumption of sugar-free products
It is also a symptom for many people who suffer with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). In theses cases, you’ll do well to avoid caffeine or any stimulates that speed up movements, such as greasy foods. Eating too many cold or raw foods can also aggravate IBS causing diarrhoea. You may benefit from taking a probiotic, and Saccharomyces Boulardii is highly recommended, but do your research on this, as it’s not suitable for everyone.
Yogurt can also help to prevent diarrhoea due to its lactic acid. It can also be helpful to address any underlining causes of inflammation, by avoiding processed foods, as well as food and chemical irritants.
Refer to the Bristol Stool Chart to keep track of how healthy your poop really is.
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