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I get diarrhea when I am stressed. What can I do?

For the last few decades, digestive disorders including diarrhea have become epidemic. One form or symptom of digestive disorders is diarrhea. While not overly pleasant to talk about, diarrhea used to be a fairly uncommon issue and was almost always easily reversed with a simple technique or two, or even simply waiting a day or two for it to end.

Those days are gone. We have helped people rid themselves of diarrhea who have suffered for years, even after physician care. We know a couple of things about diarrhea most people don’t. Please give us a couple of minutes to show you how.

Some likely causes of diarrhea:

  • Intestinal flora imbalance
  • Infection
  • Illness
  • OTC, prescription, and illicit drug use
  • Stress onset diarrhea
  • Over acidification of the digestive tract

Before we get to solutions, let me warn you of serious concerns regarding diarrhea:

  • Dehydration
  • Electrolyte depletion
  • Malnutrition
  • Death from one of the above

Yes, not to be a doomsayer, but diarrhea is serious, especially if it lasts more than three days. Believe it or not, we have helped people with multi-year diarrhea, when no one else could. If you have diarrhea lasting more than three days we not only suggest a doctor visit, but appropriate supplementation. There are two types of supplementation for diarrhea. Diarrhea ending protocols, and nutrition/electrolyte replacement. Both are equally important. Extreme electrolyte depletion and malnutrition are potentially fatal.

Ok enough gloom and doom. Let’s talk about what you can successfully do. It gets a little tricky because proper supplementation and treatment of diarrhea requires diagnosis to decide “why” you have diarrhea.

Look again at the list of six possible causes of diarrhea near the top of this article. If you know why you have diarrhea it is easier to choose the best supplement. If not, you may find a doctor who can tell you or you may “shotgun” using different supplements until you find your solution.

Possible causes of diarrhea (to figure this out yourself) include:

  • Recent or ongoing use of medications with diarrhea as a listed side effect. (no one reads those data sheets but we should. Often a medication can cause diarrhea) if your diarrhea is medication related, consult your doctor.
  • Stress related. Stress causes significant changes in the body including glucose, acid production, hormone changes, intestinal PH lowering, and others.
  • Antibiotic use.
  • Digestive tract imbalance due to illness

With all these possibilities, I have to allow you to decide what the most likely cause is of your diarrhea and give you some tools to use all of or some of to recover.

If you think your diarrhea may be medicine or antibiotic use related, we believe the best recovery option is probiotics. The best is Rachels Pro Berry Chewables, because they are acid resistant which means they are less susceptible to digestive acid and stress related acid, since these factors destroy other probiotics.

If you think your diarrhea is stress related, the best option is a top quality Turmeric Root supplement like Rachel’s Turmeric Extract, along with probiotics if the problem has existed for more than a week or two. Long time frames of stress induced acidification will tend to kill off existing digestive flora just like antibiotics do, but unlike antibiotics, the die off is due to low PH. So again, Rachel’s Pro Berry is the best.

The Pain Free Foods books have some small eating suggestions to help reverse diarrhea faster as well.

Note: Everyone experiencing diarrhea for more than three days should do the following:

  • See your doctor if you can
  • Drink two or more quarts/liters of water per day and more with each diarrhea episode
  • Take an electrolyte supplement.
The best electrolyte supplement we have found is Rachel’s “Effer C” but most grocery stores carry a child’s electrolyte supplement called “Pedialyte” which is a drink. This works well as do the generic equivalents but they are more expensive than Effer C.


Disclaimer: Not everyone has food allergies or sensitivities for the same reason or will experience the same result with this protocol. We are not doctors, nor are these facts reviewed by the FDA or doctors. We are presenting our theories and experience to show you what has worked for us and others using our strategies. Your condition is not known to us and you should not follow us if in doing so you are avoiding medical advice or treatment. 

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