Diarrhea is characterized by water-thin stools three or more times a day. It is extremely important to find the cause of diarrhea as a prolonged condition can lead to lack of nutrients.
In addition to thin stools, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and fever may also occur in more severe cases.
At the doctor’s, the cause of diarrhea may be found by growing bacteria from the stool. If bacteria or parasites are the cause, they are typically subsequently treated with medication. In addition, stopping agents can be prescribed.
There can be several causes of diarrhea. One of the well-known forms is tourist stomach, which can occur in the encounter with foreign bacteria when traveling, or when one has been unlucky to ingest water or food, where poor hygiene has given rise to symptom-causing bacteria. Using antibiotics can also cause diarrhea. Other causes of diarrhea can be food reactions. For example, gluten, milk sugar lactose or the sugar substance sucrose can cause diarrhea. Other causes may be overgrowth of fungi and microorganisms in the gut or too few beneficial lactic acid bacteria. In addition, chronic inflammatory conditions such as Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis, also be the cause of diarrhea.
In the treatment of diarrhea, the primary course is to identify and eliminate the cause. Nordic Clinic offers a dietary guide that not only focuses on the current problem, but which will also provide the patient with tools to strengthen their health in the future.
In diarrhea, food is passed quickly through the intestine and the rapid transport reduces the possibility of optimal absorption of nutrients. It is necessary to provide the right nutritional support to the intestinal mucosa in order for it to function optimally again. Part of the treatment will therefore consist of guidance regarding diet, dietary supplements that can treat the cause and uncover any deficiency conditions that have occurred during the period of diarrhea. For this, e.g. a stool sample that can detect imbalances in the intestinal bacterial flora. In addition, a food intolerance analysis can be used that easily shows a possible inappropriate reaction to certain foods.