Many people have problems with diarrhoea, not everyone knows why.
Your digestive system has a natural rhythm, which is usually steady and regular, constantly working to provide your body with the nutrients it needs. When something upsets the natural balance in your intestines, your digestive system can become irritated and starts to work too fast. The result can be diarrhoea. That can leave your body feeling out of tune. Luckily there are plenty of things you can do to help get back in rhythm again.
Why diarrhoea happens
When your digestive system is working in its normal rhythm, food and fluid pass regularly from the stomach into the small intestine, food is then broken down and the nutrients absorbed along with most of the fluid. The remaining waste and some water then pass into the colon (large intestine), where more water is absorbed and finally the waste is passed in the form of stools. When the cells in your small intestine or colon become irritated, the relaxed and regular movement of your intestines can become overactive. Essential salts and fluids end up being passed through the colon too quickly and aren’t absorbed by the body.
The result of this is loose or watery stools, commonly known as diarrhoea. Everyone is familiar with the occasional bout of diarrhoea, but some people suffer more frequently. It can be difficult to live with and the effects are emotional as well as physical.
It could last just a day or several. It can be painful and uncomfortable.
In fact 14% of the population are frequent sufferers of diarrhoea and can suffer once a month or more1. Are you one of them?
1 (Ipos Marketing Need State Study, July 2008)