Managing & Preventing Diarrhea
Small changes can make a big difference.
There are a number of reasons why you might get more frequent diarrhea, from the food you eat to the stress in your life. It can also be made worse by other conditions, such as IBS or taking antibiotics, or if you’re having your period.
Longer lasting or persistently recurrent diarrhea can indicate an underlying medical condition, so you may need to talk to your doctor.
The good news is that a simple change in lifestyle might make a big difference.
In this section you’ll find tips and advice on small things you can do every day to help manage your diarrhea.
While you can always treat diarrhea with IMODIUM®, it’s better to prevent it altogether, if you can.
There are several things you can do – in terms of your diet, lifestyle and wellbeing – to help avoid diarrhea in the first place.
- Know your triggers of Diarrhea
Your triggers for upset stomach might be certain foods, drinks or eating habits, or they might be stress, anxiety or nervousness. Keep an eye on your diet (write a food diary if you’re still trying to identify trigger foods) and keep stress at bay by doing regular exercise and making time to relax.
- Keep your digestive system fit
Exercise is good for your digestion, and it's useful to know that there’s something simple you can do to help avoid diarrhea. Exercise is a great stress buster too, which is doubly good news if stress and tension trigger an upset stomach for you.
- Try a probiotic
Studies suggest that probiotics can help reinforce your digestive system and lower your chances of getting diarrhea, especially if you’re prone to it when taking medication. So next time you’re prescribed a course of antibiotics, take regular probiotics, which you can find in certain yoghurts and other foods or take as food supplements.