So, I know this topic might FREAK some people out but honestly 50 per cent of my consults are usually spent discussing a clients pooping habits. Sometimes this conversation falls into my daily catch up with friends and I've even been known to quiz my dad when he's complaining of a bad belly. Not that he's happy about it.
With so many people suffering from diarrhoea I thought it's high time I put together a bit of a video to explain how best to cope with in a natural, safe and healthy way.
When you get a bout of diarrhoea get yourself a cup of herbal tea, preferably a digestive and/or carminative like peppermint, chamomile, dandy root or ginger. Teas are a quick, cheap and effective way of slowing down your digestive processes and easing the urgency of your bowels.
Slippery elm is an amazing, natural product that you can buy in tablet or powder form. It contains mucilaginous components that are hydrophilic (water-loving) structures. This means it can trap and absorb excess moisture and help to make it more solid. The solid structure will then bind and swell and pass through the gastro intestinal tract more smoothly. Not only can it help you form a stool more effectively, it's also a mild anti-inflammatory and can soothe and protect your mucosal lining.
If you find your insides are sore and inflamed after a bout of diarrhoea then it's definitely worth getting yourself a good quality aloe vera liquid supplement. Aloe vera has been used in traditional medicine as an anti-inflammatory, digestive aid and mucosal restorative for thousand of years. A daily dose of the good stuff can be indicated for overall gut health, especially if you suffer from digestive disorders like ulcerative colitis. WARNING: Do not take aloe vera while in the middle of having diarrhoea it can have a mild laxative effect.
This is a brilliant practitioner product that is widely available from most large pharmacies and health food stores these days. It's got a wonderful array of gut healing ingredients including slippery elm, pectin, probiotic strains and glutamine. Not only is enterocare restorative for the gastro intestinal tract, it's also packed with good bacteria to help repopulate and rebalance the gut after any acute or chronic digestive conditions. With that said, always seek medical advice from your practitioner before using this product.
Cut the crap
Pun totally intended! My message here is simple. If you know there are foods that irritate your gut and cause you grief then STOP eating/drinking/ sculling/smoking them. Give your beautiful body a break and allow yourself to heal. If this means replacing your daily coffee with a herbal tea for four weeks then do it. You deserve to be liberated from the pain you're going through, but only you can take control of it. If you're unsure what exactly the cause is then perhaps try a month without any of the nasties, so that's gluten/wheat, dairy, soy, alcohol and coffee. Don't worry, you'll survive, I promise.
Nearly every case I have taken has had a component of stress management. You would be amazed how many people suffer from stress related conditions. Your bodies stress response is a result of you body going into go into sympathetic nervous system overload.
What's that you ask?
It's the "fight or flight" response that you have when faced with a scary/ nervous/ stressful period. As soon as you feel stressed your body drains blood from the digestive tract to prepare it for what it thinks is a life or death situation. You'll either block right up (constipation) or flush out everything (diarrhoea). But here's the thing. These days we go through stressors DAILY. Our bodies are not evolved to cope with this level of adrenal output. So my task for you is to really look at your perception of stress. Is everything really that bad, or are you just running on the adrenalin of it all?
The best and easiest way to reduce your stress response is DEEP BELLY BREATHING. This activates your parasympathetic nervous system and immediately brings you back to a calmer state. Fun fact: you can't be using both nervous systems at the same time - so if you're taking deep breaths you're reducing that adrenal output instantaneously.
So there you have it, guys. I really, really hope this helps you in moments when you really need it. Have you got any great techniques? If so, please leave a comment below and let me know!