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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 November 9, 2020

10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

Bad habits expose us to suffering that is entirely avoidable. Unfortunately, breaking bad habits is difficult because they are 100% dependent on our mental and emotional state.

Anything we do that can prove harmful to us is a bad habit – drinking, drugs, smoking, procrastination, poor communication are all examples of bad habits. These habits have negative effects on our physical, mental, and emotional health.

Humans are hardwired to respond to stimuli and to expect a consequence of any action. This is how habits are acquired: the brain expects to be rewarded a certain way under certain circumstances. How you initially responded to certain stimuli is how your brain will always remind you to behave when the same stimuli are experienced.

If you visited the bar close to your office with colleagues every Friday, your brain will learn to send you a signal to stop there even when you are alone and eventually not just on Fridays. It will expect the reward of a drink after work every day, which can potentially lead to a drinking problem.

Kicking negative behavior patterns and steering clear of them requires a lot of willpower, and there are many reasons why breaking bad habits is so difficult.

1. Lack of Awareness or Acceptance

Breaking a bad habit is not possible if the person who has it is not aware that it is a bad one.

Many people will not realize that their communication skills are poor or that their procrastination is affecting them negatively, or even that the drink they had as a nightcap has now increased to three.

Awareness brings acceptance. Unless a person realizes on their own that a habit is bad, or someone manages to convince them of the same, there is very little chance of the habit being kicked.

2. No Motivation

Going through a divorce, not being able to cope with academic pressure, and falling into debt are instances that can bring a profound sense of failure with them. A person going through these times can fall into a cycle of negative thinking where the world is against them and nothing they can do will ever help, so they stop trying altogether.

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This give-up attitude is a bad habit that just keeps coming around. Being in debt could make you feel like you are failing at maintaining your home, family, and life in general.

If you are looking to get out of a rut and feel motivated, take a look at this article: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)

3. Underlying Psychological Conditions

Psychological conditions such as depression and ADD can make it difficult to start breaking bad habits.

A depressed person may find it difficult to summon the energy to cook a healthy meal, resulting in food being ordered in or consumption of packaged foods. This could lead to a habit that adversely affects health and is difficult to overcome.

A person with ADD may start to clean their house but get distracted soon after, leaving the task incomplete, eventually leading to a state where it is acceptable to live in a house that is untidy and dirty.

The fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real to some people. Obsessively checking their social media and news sources, they may believe that not knowing of something as soon as it is published can be catastrophic to their social standing.

4. Bad Habits Make Us Feel Good

One of the reasons it is difficult to break habits is that a lot of them make us feel good.[1]

We’ve all been there – the craving for a tub of ice cream after a breakup or a casual drag on a joint, never to be repeated until we miss how good it made us feel. We succumb to the craving for the pleasure felt while indulging in it, cementing it as a habit even while we are aware it isn’t good for us.

Overeating is a very common bad habit. Just another pack of chips, a couple of candies, a large soda… none of these are necessary for survival. We want them because they give us comfort. They’re familiar, they taste good, and we don’t even notice when we progress from just one extra slice of pizza to four.

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5. Upward Comparisons

Comparisons are a bad habit that many of us have been exposed to since we were children. Parents might have compared us to siblings, teachers may have compared us to classmates, and bosses could compare us to past and present employees.

The people who have developed the bad habit of comparing themselves to others have been given incorrect yardsticks for measurement from the start.

These people will always find it difficult to break out of this bad habit because there will always be someone who has it better than they do: a better house, better car, better job, higher income and so on.

Research shows that in the age of social media, social comparisons are much easier and can ultimately harm self-esteem if scrolling becomes a bad habit[2].

6. No Alternative

This is a real and valid reason why breaking bad habits is difficult. These habits could fulfill a need that may not be met any other way.

Someone who has physical or psychological limitations, such as a disability or social anxiety, may find it hard to quit obsessive content consumption for better habits.

Alternately, a perfectly healthy person may be unable to quit smoking because alternates are just not working out.

Similarly, a person who bites their nails when anxious may be unable to relieve stress in any other socially accepted manner.

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7. Stress

As mentioned above, anything that stresses us out can lead to adopting and cementing an unhealthy habit.

When a person is stressed about something, it is easy for bad habits to form because the mental resources required to fight them are not available[3].

We often see a person who had previously managed to kick a bad habit fall back into the old ways because they felt their stress couldn’t be managed any other way.

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8. Sense of Failure

People looking to kick bad habits may feel a strong sense of failure because it’s just that difficult.

Dropping a bad habit usually means changes in lifestyle that people may be unwilling to make, or these changes might not be easy to make in spite of the will to make them.

Overeaters need to empty their house of unhealthy food, resist the urge to order in, and not pick up their standard grocery items from the store. Those who drink too much need to avoid the bars or even people who drink often.

If such people slip even once with a glass of wine, or a smoke, or a bag of chips, they tend to be excessively harsh on themselves and feel like failures.

9. The Need to Be All-New

People who are looking to break bad habits feel they need to re-create themselves in order to break themselves of their bad habits, while the truth is the complete opposite.

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These people actually need to go back to who they were before they developed the bad habit and try to create good habits from there.

10. Force of Habit

Humans are creatures of habit, and having familiar, comforting outcomes for daily triggers helps us maintain a sense of balance in our lives.

Consider people who are used to lighting up a cigarette every time they talk on the phone or eating junk food when watching TV. They will always associate a phone call with a puff on the cigarette and screen time with eating.

These habits, though bad, are a source of comfort to them, as is meeting with those people they indulge in these bad habits with.

Final Thoughts

These are the main reasons why breaking bad habits is difficult, but the good news is that the task is not impossible. Breaking habits takes time, and you’ll need to put long-term goals in place to replace a bad habit with a good one.

There are many compassionate, positive and self-loving techniques to kick bad habits. The internet is rich in information regarding bad habits, their effects and how to overcome them, while professional help is always available for those who feel they need it.

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Reference

[1] After Skool: Why Do Bad Habits Feel SO GOOD?
[2] Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Social comparison, social media, and self-esteem.
[3] Stanford Medicine: Examining how stress affects good and bad habits

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