Diarrhea is one of the most common manifestations of gut dysfunction. It is extremely prevalent in third world countries, but can also be found in first world countries, due to different reasons. Eating dirty food, drinking contaminated water and eating expired food are some of the common causes of diarrhea. Food sensitivity can also result in diarrhea, and is one of common manifestations of this intolerance.
What is Diarrhea?
The technical definition of diarrhea is passing loose, almost liquid stool more than three times in day. Diarrhea results in loss of water from the body leading to dehydration. When the episodes of diarrhea are many, the dehydration may be severe enough to lead to shock and even death.
Diarrhea comes about when food in the small intestines is not digested properly or contains germs that latch onto the inner wall of the small and large intestines. They then produce chemicals that reverse the flow of water from the blood into the gut, instead of vice versa. This results in frequent, watery stool.
Diarrhea and Food Intolerance
Many people who have food intolerance have diarrhea as a symptom of the intolerance. This comes about when the food is not digested properly and is passed into the large intestines in a partially digested state. Since salts and other substances will not have been absorbed from the food at this point, fluids will flow into the large intestines due to osmosis.
The large surface area of the large intestines means that a considerable amount of water can be lost to the lumen of the gut in this way. In children, this is a very severe state and could lead to death within a few hours. Adults can tolerate the fluid loss, but if it’s continuous and not corrected they will become more ill. Drinking water to replace that which has been lost through diarrhea can help, as long as efforts are put to control the cause of the diarrhea as well.
Symptoms of Diarrhea
Diarrhea has symptoms that are easily identified including:
- Passing watery stools
- Excessive thirst
- Frequent opening of bowels
- Abdominal pain
- Bloody stools
Health Risks of Diarrhea
When poorly controlled, diarrhea can lead to a host of health risks including:
- Severe dehydration
- Loss of consciousness
- Electrolyte imbalance
- Very low blood pressure
- Acute diarrhea in young children can cause death
Fight Diarrhea with the PinnerTest Food Intolerance Test
Diarrhea caused by food intolerance manifests when one has episodes of watery stools after eating particular meals. Some may understand the exact nutrient causing the diarrhea, but most may not. If you are part of the latter, you may have tried various remedies and noted minimal improvement.
PinnerTest is the ideal tool accurately identify the exact foods causing diarrhea that may be caused by food intolerance. The use of highly sensitive testing methods ensures incidences of false positives and false negatives are rare. This test is non-invasive and only requires two drops of blood, and you do not need to fast prior to taking the test.
If you suspect that your chronic diarrhea is caused by intolerance to a food that you are not sure of, try out our PinnerTest for confirmation. The results of the test include many foods that you are intolerant to, which you can use to optimize your diet. Contact us today to get more information about this test.