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Common Foods and habits that Triggers Diarrhea

06 January, 2022 Ananya Das

Diarrhea is a very common bowel condition caused by bacteria. In this case, the bowel movements become very frequent and cause loose, watery stool to pass. Generally, diarrhea doesn’t last for long but if it lasts for more than 2-3 days then it may create problems. A longer period of diarrhea cause problem due to excessive dehydration which is not considered healthy. In that case, visiting a doctor is necessary.

Diarrhea can happen to a person of any age group. It causes a lot of discomfort and creates the frequent urge to go to the washroom. Besides a loose and watery stool, various other symptoms accompany diarrhea. Some of the very common symptoms are listed below.

The main reason behind the development of diarrhea is wrong food habits or eating something not healthy for the stomach. Food is the main trigger of diarrhea. A list of such food items is listed below.

  • Dairy products: Every dairy product is made up of milk. We know milk contains a good quantity of lactose. Though lactose is good for health, yet many people are lactose intolerant. They can’t tolerate it or medically their body doesn’t contain those enzymes which can break down certain sugars of the dairy product. Thus consuming them results in diarrhea.
  • Oily and processed food: Oily and processed food are known to possess saturated and trans fat. These fats are hard to break down. Due to the low digestion tendency of these edibles, they cause diarrhea. They trigger the stomach and affect bowel movements.
  • Onions: Onion when into the stomach, it releases juice which in reaction with the acid of the stomach releases gas and stomach irritants. It also contains a group of carbohydrates known as fructan and high-FODMAP. These carbohydrates have the tendency to irritate the stomach and result in diarrhea. So, reduce its consumption if it affects you frequently.
  • Caffeine: In case you are a caffeine lover or can say love those edibles which are rich in caffeine then you are at high risk of developing diarrhea. Caffeine has the tendency to stimulate irritation in the stomach or bowel movement resulting in diarrhea.
    Some caffeine-containing edibles are chocolate, coffee, coke and others. In case consuming these are causing you diarrhea then leave it at once. Or try to use some healthy alternative of caffeine if you can’t skip it at once.
  • Spices: Spices have the risk of developing diarrhea if you are not used to eating spicy food. Especially strong spices are prone to cause food-induced diarrhea. The active ingredient of spices triggers the digestive system and causes irritation in the stomach. Excess spicy intake can also cause a burning sensation with diarrhea and it is more uncomfortable.

Besides these edibles, there are some other triggers of diarrhea as well. Some of such triggers include

  • An unhealthy lifestyle,
  • Untimely meals,
  • Excessive eating or skipping meals
  • Diabetes
  • Laxative abuse
  • Any kind of disease in the digestive tract like Chron’s disease or IBD
  • Upset stomach due to some other health condition like fever or jaundice
  • Mal-absorption, in this condition your body fails to absorb nutrients from the eaten food
  • Some chronic disease-related medication

These activities are those which can be changed by changing our routine habits. Once gained command over self routine, the chances of developing diarrhea due to these reduce to a great extent.

Take away

Diarrhea is not at all a comfortable situation. If you are in a working life then it is more dangerous as it makes you feel sick your within and without. Following a proper routine and proper diet is a must for the sake of protection against diarrhea.

We have mentioned above some edibles which can trigger diarrhea. So we must try not to overeat them or eat them empty stomach. Besides, in case of the severity of the symptoms, you must visit a doctor. Proper and timely diagnosis will help in the early treatment and cure.