Today’s post is all about HOW TO STOP DIARRHEA. Diarrhea is a big deal, and I get a lot of questions from clients asking what causes diarrhea and how to stop diarrhea. So I thought, why not open up a dialogue on the topic and shout about sh*t to the world. Your on-going search for how to stop diarrhea may feel like your well-kept, embarrassing secret. However, when you consider that 1 in 5 individuals worldwide possess a chronic digestive disorder, and these are frequently accompanied by diarrhea, well, it becomes pretty easy to recognise that this silent problem is way more common than most may think. So today I’m going to discuss what causes diarrhea, and tell you how to stop diarrhea through a method that’s shown to be effective for all types of diarrhea (acute, chronic, sudden onset, etc), and has been used safely in both adults and children. But, in order to fully understand how to stop diarrhea, you must first understand what causes diarrhea. What Causes Diarrhea? Diarrhea commonly occurs because of a microbial imbalance or invasion. In other words, something in your gut bacteria is not quite right, and this is affecting the way you move your bowels. This can often be seen in the case of traveler’s diarrhea, which is often experienced by those visiting another country who are exposed to new bacteria and develop sudden onset, acute diarrhea. Additionally, studies have shown bacterial imbalances to be an undoubtable contributor in many digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, and depending on the type of imbalance, can dictate the forms of your bowel movements, leaving many people experiencing common disorders such as diarrhea predominant irritable bowel syndrome. In fact, bacterial imbalances are one of the most common causes of diarrhea. So, now that you’ve got the low-down on what’s happening down-low, let’s talk about how to stop diarrhea – FOR GOOD! – Using all-natural, scientifically proven methods, of course! 🙂 How To Stop Diarrhea For Good One of the most effective to stop diarrhea is by simply modifying the bacterial populations in your gut towards a healthier one, which sounds complex – but don’t worry, it’s not. If you’ve heard much about gut bacteria, the use of probiotics might spring to mind – and you’re definitely correct! However, it’s important to note that all bacterial strains act very differently in the body, and someone wanting to know how to stop constipation for example will need a very different type of probiotic to someone wanting to know how to stop diarrhea. This is why it’s a VERY BAD idea for someone with chronic digestive symptoms to randomly select a probiotic off the shelf, as choosing the wrong strain may do your body more harm than good, and could even push your symptoms in the opposite direction than you want them to go. (we all hate rainy days, let’s not make it rain anymore than we have to) Well lucky for you as always, you’ve got a scientist on your side and I’ve got you covered. So let me tell you HOW TO STOP DIARRHEA IN ITS TRACTS! Your intestinal tract that is. There is one very specific strain of yeast that’s shown to be highly effective to stop diarrhea of all types in both adults and children and it’s called Saccharomyces Boulardii. Saccharomyces Boulardii has shown in studies to be effective to stop diarrhea of various types including diarrhea predominant irritable bowel syndrome, antibiotic associated diarrhea, inflammatory bowel diseases, E.Coli invasion or other types of Traveler’s diarrhea, and diarrhea occurring from numerous other caues. The widespread capabilities for reducing these symptoms come from Saccharomyces Boulardii’s direct inhibitory effect on the growth of many harmful bacteria and other microbes, collectively known as pathogens. Additionally, Saccharomyces Boulardii has shown to strengthen your intestinal lining by nourishing and supporting enterocytes, which are cells of the intestinal lining, and enhancing the expression of cadherins, which are proteins that hold these intestinal cells nice and tight together. So if you’re experiencing other issues with your gut and digestion – such as leaky gut, which is highly likely and typically occurs in conjunction with digestive disorders and digestive symptoms, then Saccharomyces Boulardii is going to improve the status of your gut and can even improve the various symptoms arising from gut health issues. If you want to try Saccharomyces Boulardii to stop diarrhea, be sure you’re using a supplement that guarantees the viability (alive-ness) of Saccharomyces Boulardii to ensure it’s alive and doing it’s job. You can find my recommendation for Saccharomyces Boulardii which I use with my clients here. So, now that you’ve learned how to stop diarrhea, you can finally stop letting your diarrhea days make you feel like dying of embarrassment. Health begins in the gut, Anita Tee, MSc, BSc, PT References Abbas, Z., Yakoob, J., Jafri, W., Ahmad, Z., Azam, Z., Usman, M., Shamim, S. and Islam, M. (2014). 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