Diarrhea has such a broad range of causes. It could come from food poisoning to medications to medical conditions. Diarrhea can cause a problem for anyone. It can get us out of bed from a dead sleep to feeling like you have no social life because you must find the bathrooms where ever you go.

What Are Some Causes of Diarrhea?

  • Flu
  • Bacteria infection
  • Parasites
  • Colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Irritable Bowel Disease
  • Cancer
  • Pancreatic Insufficiency
  • Alcohol
  • Food Poisoning
  • Laxatives
  • Medications
  • Celiacs
  • C. diff.
  • Overuse of antibiotics


There are several treatment options from dietary changes, to lifestyle changes, to herbal formulas to pharmaceuticals to help treat diarrhea.  Some of the treatments include:

  • BRAT diet. If the diarrhea is a mild case, doing things like a BRAT diet can help ease the symptoms. In a day or two, you should be back to normal.
  • Activated charcoal helps to suck up any foreign bacteria that might be lingering in the intestines.
  • Bentonite clay also helps suck up E. Coli, C. diff., and other bacteria.
  • Probiotics help to recolonize the gut. Normalize bowel movements.
  • Glutamine is an amino acid that can help repair the gut lining.
  • Peppermint can help soothe the intestines.
  • Marshmallow root can help bring down inflammation and coat the intestines.
  • Goldenseal is a great herb to help restore gut function.


Several tests can be done to see what is going on to see what the cause might be for diarrhea. Types of tests are:

  • Stool test
  • Blood test
  • MRI
  • CT scan
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopy

When to See a Doctor?

If your symptoms don’t get better in a few days or even get worse to where you see blood in your stools, mucus, weight loss, nausea, a decrease in appetite, fever, or cramps it may be time to see a doctor.

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