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Diarrhea Every Day? Maybe You Need To Avoid These Drinks

Diarrhea Every Day? Maybe You Need To Avoid These Drinks

An unreliable digestive system is a nuisance. If you experience diarrhea on a frequent basis you will know how annoying and embarrassing it can be. Even if you have suffered with this problem for years, it can be fixed. Daily diarrhea is not normal and needs to be addressed as soon as possible. In this article, we will look at the first steps you can take in identifying the root cause of the issue and regaining your digestive health.

What causes diarrhea?

Diarrhea is the name given to loose watery stools. It can occur over a short period of time (this is referred to as “acute diarrhea”) or persist over several weeks (known as “chronic diarrhea”). It can be caused by a wide range of factors such as taking certain kinds of medication, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), the after-effects of surgery, over-consumption of caffeine or alcohol and infectious diseases.

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Ideas for quick fixes

As previously mentioned there are many reasons why you may develop diarrhea. The focus on this article is quick fixes you can implement by yourself. Remember that if your symptoms persist or worsen then it’s time to seek medical advice. You may have an infection that requires medical treatment such as antibiotics. However in many cases diarrhea can be treated via self-help measures.

Try cutting milk from your diet

Lactose intolerance is a common cause of diarrhea. Typically, sufferers will experience the onset of bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhea between 30 minutes and two hours following consumption of lactose-containing products. [1] Cut out all milk and dairy products for a week and see whether it makes a difference.

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Some people can tolerate more lactose than others, so you may find that the occasional lactose-containing meal or snack isn’t much of a problem. Check ingredients lists with care because lactose is used in many prepackaged foods. Some foods you will want to avoid include:

Bread and other baked goods
Potato chips and similar processed snack foods
Margarine
Salad dressings
Candy
Protein shakes and bars
Processed breakfast cereals
Processed meats

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Some people who are lactose intolerant find that they can tolerate fermented milk products because in their fermented state the lactose has been “pre-digested” prior to human consumption. Research carried out at Columbus University suggests that some fermented milk products contain enzymes that help people with lactose intolerance break down lactose efficiently. [2]

You may wish to try kefir, an alternative to regular yogurt that is made by adding grains from the kefir plant to regular yogurt. Regular yogurt that contains significant amounts of bioactive cultures can also be a good choice, as the bacteria support healthy gut function.

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Reduce your caffeine intake

Caffeine can act as a laxative, meaning that if you suffer from chronic diarrhea it ought to be among the first substances you reduce in your diet. It’s easy to drink many cups of tea and coffee throughout the day and miss the link between what you are drinking and your bowel’s responses. Try alternating your caffeinated beverages with water or switch to decaffeinated versions of your favorite hot drinks.

Stick to sensible limits when it comes to alcohol

Drinking too much alcohol results in stomach inflammation, also known as “gastritis.” This can result in diarrhea. Moreover, drinking to excess also has a detrimental effect on the pancreas. When the pancreas becomes irritated and inflamed, the knock-on effects include digestive impairment and stomach pain. It’s important to note that pancreatic inflammation is not treatable, [3] so it is vital to keep your alcohol intake within safe limits.

The above self-help tips should help in maintaining a regular digestive system. Remember that in order to reap the benefits you must be consistent in making good dietary and lifestyle choices.

Reference

[1] https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/digestive-diseases/lactose-intolerance/Pages/facts.aspx#prod
[2] http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Fermented-milk-for-lactose-intolerance
[3] http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/features/12-health-risks-of-chronic-heavy-drinking?page=3

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Last Updated on June 13, 2019

5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

Sleeping next to your partner can be a satisfying experience and is typically seen as the mark of a stable, healthy home life. However, many more people struggle to share a bed with their partner than typically let on. Sleeping beside someone can decrease your sleep quality which negatively affects your life. Maybe you are light sleepers and you wake each other up throughout the night. Maybe one has a loud snoring habit that’s keeping the other awake. Maybe one is always crawling into bed in the early hours of the morning while the other likes to go to bed at 10 p.m.

You don’t have to feel ashamed of finding it difficult to sleep with your partner and you also don’t have to give up entirely on it. Common problems can be addressed with simple solutions such as an additional pillow. Here are five fixes for common sleep issues that couples deal with.

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1. Use a bigger mattress to sleep through movement

It can be difficult to sleep through your partner’s tossing and turning all night, particularly if they have to get in and out of bed. Waking up multiple times in one night can leave you frustrated and exhausted. The solution may be a switch to a bigger mattress or a mattress that minimizes movement.

Look for a mattress that allows enough space so that your partner can move around without impacting you or consider a mattress made for two sleepers like the Sleep Number bed.[1] This bed allows each person to choose their own firmness level. It also minimizes any disturbances their partner might feel. A foam mattress like the kind featured in advertisements where someone jumps on a bed with an unspilled glass of wine will help minimize the impact of your partner’s movements.[2]

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2. Communicate about scheduling conflicts

If one of you is a night owl and the other an early riser, bedtime can become a source of conflict. It’s hard for a light sleeper to be jostled by their partner coming to bed four hours after them. Talk to your partner about negotiating some compromises. If you’re finding it difficult to agree on a bedtime, negotiate with your partner. Don’t come to bed before or after a certain time, giving the early bird a chance to fully fall asleep before the other comes in. Consider giving the night owl an eye mask to allow them to stay in bed while their partner gets up to start the day.

3. Don’t bring your technology to bed

If one partner likes bringing devices to bed and the other partner doesn’t, there’s very little compromise to be found. Science is pretty unanimous on the fact that screens can cause harm to a healthy sleeper. Both partners should agree on a time to keep technology out of the bedroom or turn screens off. This will prevent both partners from having their sleep interrupted and can help you power down after a long day.

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4. White noise and changing positions can silence snoring

A snoring partner can be one of the most difficult things to sleep through. Snoring tends to be position-specific so many doctors recommend switching positions to stop the snoring. Rather than sleeping on your back doctors recommend turning onto your side. Changing positions can cut down on noise and breathing difficulties for any snorer. Using a white noise fan, or sound machine can also help soften the impact of loud snoring and keep both partners undisturbed.

5. Use two blankets if one’s a blanket hog

If you’ve got a blanket hog in your bed don’t fight it, get another blanket. This solution fixes any issues between two partners and their comforter. There’s no rule that you have to sleep under the same blanket. Separate covers can also cut down on tossing and turning making it a multi-useful adaptation.

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Rather than giving up entirely on sharing a bed with your partner, try one of these techniques to improve your sleeping habits. Sleeping in separate beds can be a normal part of a healthy home life, but compromise can go a long way toward creating harmony in a shared bed.

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