Diarrhoea is the word used to describe the frequent passage of watery, loose stools. Diarrhoea occurs because the contents of the bowel are passing too quickly, which prevents fluids and nutrients from being absorbed. This can result in feelings of fatigue, weight loss and vitamin or mineral deficiencies.
Diarrhoea is often associated with infection in the gut or food poisoning (gastroenteritis) and while most people will experience this cause of diarrhoea in their lifetime, it is generally a short lived (although unpleasant) problem.
Sometimes people experience diarrhoea which occurs on a frequent basis for longer period than would be expected with gastroenteritis. If you find that you are experiencing symptoms for longer periods, consult your GP.
More persistent cases of diarrhoea may be caused by underlying medical issues such as IBS
, IBD (Crohns Disease
or Ulcerative Colitis), Coeliac disease, bowel cancer or sometimes by damage to the gut lining caused by treatments such as radiotherapy. Medications can often cause digestive symptoms and changes in bowel habit such as diarrhoea may be caused by some medicines. Your GP will be able to suggest any investigations to discover what is causing your diarrhoea. These may involve giving stool samples, blood tests or possibly referral to a Gastroenterologist.
Once you have identified the cause of your diarrhoea, you may find that making changes to your diet are helpful. At Stanner Nutrition clinic, we understand how chronic bowel conditions can interfere with daily life and we can suggest simple, practical dietary changes to help to relieve your symptoms and make life a little easier.
All consultations begin with a thorough diet and health assessment, followed by discussion of the dietary treatment options that will suit you, your lifestyle and also your eating habits.