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What Is Diarrhea?

Diarrhea is considered the event of passing watery, loose stools three or more times in a day. A common problem, it can be acute, chronic or persistent diarrhea. To understand diarrhea, it is helpful to know more about your digestive system and how it works. This will help you appreciate what it means to upset the balance of your digestive health.

How Your Digestive System Works

Your digestive system comprises the GI tract (or digestive tract), pancreas, liver and gallbladder. When your digestive system is in its normal rhythm, food and fluids pass 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 to complete a digestive system function.

Digestion matters to your health because your body requires the proper nutrients from what you consume in order to work well and remain healthy. These nutrients include vitamins, minerals, fats, carbs, protein and water. Within the digestive system, these nutrients are broken down into smaller parts to be absorbed and used for energy, cell repair and growth.

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, which is more commonly known as diarrhea.

Can IMODIUM® Help?

IMODIUM® products contain an active ingredient called Loperamide, which works to help restore the digestive system to its normal pace. If systems persist for more than two days or gets worse, consult your healthcare professional.

Of course, it’s best to try to avoid diarrhea if possible. That’s why we’ve provided tips on managing your diarrhea and preventing it from happening again or in the first place.

 

IBS Digestion and Diarrhea

Do you have IBS-related diarrhea?

IBS can cause diarrhea. IMODIUM® products releive the symptoms of diarrhea. Consult your healthcare professional if you think you may have IBS.