Stress diarrhea? Can stress induce diarrhea?

Diarrhea is not a separate disease, but just a symptom, which may occur for various reasons. Usually, it’s accompanied by abdominal cramping, flatulence, vomiting and fever. Diarrhea can be dangerous, so don’t tamper this symptom, since it can lead to dehydration with all the serious health consequences that it implies.

Causes of diarrhea

Usually, one can cope with diarrhea on their own only with the absence of fewer and the feeling of well-being, but in case of high temperature, nausea, vomiting, severe abdominal pain and the traces of blood in the stool one should seek medical care immediately. Diarrhea has different causes: in acute form it may occur after drinking the unboiled contaminated water, food poisoning or drug allergies, viral, bacterial or parasitic infection of the intestine (food poisoning, stomach flu, amebiasis), stress and emotional disorders. Chronic diarrhea appears due to the irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease (chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract), ulcerative colitis, chronic inflammation or ulceration of the colon and rectum, rectum cancer and malabsorption syndrome (inability of the organism to absorb nutrients).

Stress diarrhea: meet stress-induced diarrhea.

Often the abdominal heaviness, flatulence and digestive disorders are caused by stress. This doesn’t happen by accident, – on the background of stress some people lose their appetite and others on the contrary – suffer from bulimia nervosa and can’t satisfy their hunger. Similar nutritional disorders will surely affect your health even after you get out of a stressful situation.

Our intestine is the first to react to severe emotional stress. It is not surprising, since the intestine is a part of the enteric system, which in turn belongs to the autonomic nervous system, which regulates the smooth muscle function of the internal organs and controls the activity of all body systems. Many experts believe that the autonomic nervous system is the “second brain” of our body. In the intestine, as well as in other organs of the gastrointestinal tract, the neurons and neurotransmitters maintain the communication process with the central nervous system. That is why the intestine always has its response to any psycho-emotional experience. In addition, stress, which leads to digestive disorders, not only changes the appetite, but also may cause inflammatory conditions (gastritis, stomach ulcer, enterocolitis, etc.), and reduce the defensive reactions, which help to fight off different infections, and eventually provokes the stress diarrhea.

How to treat stress-induced diarrhea?

Stress diarrhea can’t be cured effectively if the person remains under stress. Resulting psycho-emotional disorders can only be cured after improving the central nervous system function by correction of autonomic dysfunction with the herbal preparations, which act on peristalsis and the central nervous system. A prolonged sedative effect and bowel motility normalization can be achieved by using the common valerian, lemon balm, motherwort and Greek valerian, the calming effect of which exceeds the effect of valerian in 8-10 times.

An important role in the treatment of stress diarrhea plays the compliance with the dietary, sleep and rest pattern. Frequent walks in the fresh air, regular exercises and healthy lifestyle also contribute to recovering after stress. With this aim it is reasonable to receive anti-stress vitamins, which will bring you back to well-being again.

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