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There’s a famous book on the topic of poop that reinforces the natural function of our bodies and how everybody does it. Not surprisingly, there has yet to be one written about the other side of the spectrum—those times when you’re going too much!
Luckily there are a few home solutions we can turn to for help in the area of occasional diarrhea.
Fight Occasional Diarrhea with Liquids
What goes up must come down—and what goes in must come out, that’s why the first step to remedying occasional diarrhea should be what you are drinking. When experiencing stool that’s a bit too soft, it’s important to stay hydrated. Your body can lose a lot of fluids when you have occasional diarrhea and remembering to drink plenty of liquids can help you avoid dehydration.1 But that doesn’t mean you should drink just anything. The general consensus for what to drink when you have occasional diarrhea includes:
- Clear liquids
- Plenty of water and sports drinks
- Steer clear of caffeinated beverages or those with dairy2
Eat Right for Your Digestive System
Food is probably the last thing you’re thinking about when experiencing occasional diarrhea, but odds are you’ll have to eat at some point, so be sure to choose foods that will complement your stomach’s mood. A good rule of thumb is to avoid anything spicy, fried or greasy and stick to bland options3 until your digestive system is on track.
Easy on the digestive system foods can include:
- Plain toast
It is also a good idea to take your time and wait 48 hours after the occasional diarrhea has subsided to resume normal eating habits.4
When it comes to solutions it doesn’t get easier than probiotics. Probiotics help restore the good bacteria in your gut and are often considered to be helpful to those who experience occasional diarrhea. Culturelle® Digestive Daily Probiotic, with 10 billion active cultures of Lactobacillus GG, the number one clinically studied probiotic strain+, helps reduce occasional problems like gas, bloating, and diarrhea by restoring the natural balance of good bacteria and non-beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract.* This helps promote overall digestive heath.* The best part is that it’s safe to take everyday as part of a regular health and wellness routine.
Incorporating the above tips can help you get back to your ‘regular’ self in no time—but nobody knows your body better than you, so if you feel your digestive upset might go beyond a minor case of occasional diarrhea you should consult your doctor.
1 Three ways to treat diarrhea. http://www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-health/diarrhea-treatment.aspx
2 Three ways to treat diarrhea. http://www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-health/diarrhea-treatment.aspx
3 Getting help for diarrhea. http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@editorial/documents/document/acspc-031606.pdf
4 Home treatment of diarrhea. http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/tc/diarrhea-age-12-and-older-home-treatment
+ Based on the number of Lactobacillus GG clinical studies as of May 2015