Angela Anderson
Digestive Wellness
Where Health Takes Root
Embark on a journey into the intricate world of digestion, where we unravel its profound impact on overall wellness. Delve into the nuances of this vital process, understanding how it influences not just our energy levels but also the resilience of our immune system. Together, we'll navigate through common digestive challenges, offering practical, holistic solutions to enhance digestive wellness. From embracing mindful eating habits to integrating nurturing lifestyle practices, we'll empower you to foster a flourishing gut, the cornerstone of vibrant health.
Diarrhea / Loose Stools
Understanding Diarrhea: A Comprehensive Guide


Diarrhea, characterized by loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual, can stem from various factors, including infections, food intolerances, medications, and medical conditions. Viral or bacterial infections in the digestive system, commonly referred to as "stomach flu," can trigger diarrhea by inducing intestinal inflammation and disrupting water absorption. Additionally, certain foods, particularly for individuals with food intolerances like lactose intolerance, can prompt diarrhea.

Various medical conditions may be associated with diarrhea, such as IBS, bacterial infections, SIBO, SIFO, IBD (including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis), pancreatic issues, gallbladder disease, chronic stress, and trauma. Medications like antibiotics can upset the balance of gut bacteria, leading to diarrhea, while chronic conditions like IBD, IBS, and celiac disease can cause ongoing diarrhea. Stress and anxiety can also exacerbate diarrhea in some cases.

During diarrhea episodes, hydration is crucial to prevent dehydration, as acute diarrhea often signifies the body's attempt to rapidly eliminate something. Adequate fluid intake, coupled with electrolyte replenishment using water containing fresh lemon and a pinch of salt, is recommended. Consuming easily digestible foods like homemade broth or soup supports nutrient absorption and soothes the stomach. Eating small, regular meals every three hours helps alleviate the workload on the digestive system, while astringent herbs can provide relief.

For managing chronic diarrhea, several strategies can be effective. Identifying and avoiding trigger foods, maintaining a food diary, and steering clear of irritants like caffeine, alcohol, and certain sugars can be beneficial. Increasing soluble fiber intake while avoiding highly insoluble fiber foods is advised. Staying hydrated with water, broths, and electrolyte-rich fluids remains essential. Medications like antidiarrheals and those reducing gut inflammation may be prescribed. Probiotics, stress management techniques, and certain foods like dark chocolate and herbal teas can also aid in managing chronic diarrhea. Persistent symptoms warrant consultation with a healthcare professional to rule out underlying medical conditions or explore alternative treatment options

Symptoms
Loose or watery bowel movements
More bowel movements per day than normal (1-3 times per day is normal)
Urgency to eliminate
Incontinence
cramping or discomfort in abdomen
fatigue
brain fog
blood or mucus in the stool

Causes
Food Allergies or sensitivity
Lactose or other sugar intolerance
Difficulty digesting fats
Impaired digestion or absorption
infections
Prescription drug use
antibiotics
stress or anxiety
food poisoning
dysbiosis
leaky gut
damaged mucosal lining


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Dietary Considerations

1. avoid dairy, fat, sugar, excessive meat
2. Consider sipping on bone broth
3. Consider sipping on green juices or fruit smoothies
4. BRAT Diet (Banana, Rice, Apples, Toast)
5. Therapeutic oat bran or carob


Lifestyle Considerations


1. reclining on back with knees elevated and water bottle or towel over abdomen
2. Drink plenty of fluids (broth, herbal tea, juice, coconut water, water)






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Effective management of Constipation involves a comprehensive approach that includes lifestyle changes, dietary adjustments, adequate hydration, and supplementation. Underlying causes must be identified and addressed through tailored treatment plans to improve symptoms and overall quality of life. Consulting with healthcare professionals is essential to receive a proper diagnosis and personalized treatment recommendations.

Functional Testing for Constipation

GI MAP Stool Testing



MRT Food Sensitivity Testing










GI Spotlight Stool Testing




Organic Acid Testing




SIBO Testing





Lactose Breath Test






















Information courtesy of Angela Anderson
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