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What is Diarrhea ?

To understand diarrhea, you first need to know a bit about your digestion system and how it works, as well as what happens when we tip the balance of a sensitive digestive system and cause upset stomach.

Diarrhea is a symptom of disruption to your digestive system, and you might be surprised how easy it is to tip the sensitive balance.

When your digestive system is in its normal rhythm, food and fluid pass regularly from the stomach into the small intestine. Food is then broken down and nutrients are absorbed along with most of the fluid. The remaining waste and some water pass into the colon (large intestine) where more water is absorbed and finally the waste is passed in the form of stools.

When the cells in your small intestine or colon are irritated, the coordinated and regular movement of your intestines can become overactive. Essential salts and fluids end up being passed through the colon too quickly with less fluid being absorbed by the body. The result is loose or watery stools, commonly known as diarrhea.

How digestion works

When your digestive system is in its normal rhythm, food and fluid pass regularly from the stomach into the small intestine. Food is then broken down and nutrients are absorbed along with most of the fluid. The remaining waste and some water pass into the colon (large intestine) where more water is absorbed and finally the waste is passed in the form of stools.

When the cells in your small intestine or colon are irritated, the relaxed and regular movement of your intestines can become overactive. Essential salts and fluids, as well as nutrients from the food that you eat, end up being passed through the colon too quickly. With less fluid being absorbed by the body, the result is loose or watery stools, commonly known as diarrhea.

IMODIUM® contains an active ingredient called Loperamide, which works in harmony with your body to calm the intestines and help restore the natural rhythm and movement of your digestive system. This enables the body to start absorbing fluids, salts, and nutrients as it normally would, helping you get back on track to feeling like yourself again.  

Types of Diarrhea

Infectious diarrhea.There are many infections that can cause diarrhea. One of the most common is Norovirus, a form of gastroenteritis that is often referred to as the winter vomiting bug. This form of diarrhea can also occur if you eat or drink contaminated food or water, so it’s important to keep an eye on good hygiene, especially when traveling. Children are susceptible to a similar virus called Rotavirus.

Non-infectious diarrhea. This form of diarrhea is more common, as it’s caused by many of the triggers that we face every day, like certain foods or even stress. While most people only experience diarrhea from time to time, some people can get it rather more often and persistently, so it’s important to find a treatment that works fast. It’s also a good idea to discover the food and lifestyle tips that work for you, to help strengthen your overall digestive health.

How to treat diarrhea

The good news is, whatever type of acute diarrhea you have and whatever the cause, you can treat it - and fast. IMODIUM® helps you manage diarrhea. It works in harmony with your body to quickly restore the natural rhythm and process of your digestive system, so you can start to feel better and get on with your day.

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