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Diarrhea Facts and Myths

  1. If you are ill, everyone has advice for you. Asked or unsolicited. Likewise if you have diarrhea. But what should you believe now?

Traveler's diarrhea is caused by bacteria in contaminated water or food

  1. Fact. Many people who are on vacation or traveling abroad suffer from traveler's diarrhea. It is often due to a change of environment and / or food in combination with a reduced resistance.

With chronic diarrhea you always have to go to the doctor

  1. Fact. Always consult your doctor if you have diarrhea for more than two weeks. Causes of chronic diarrhea can include inflammation in the colon, digestive disorder, IBS, Crohn's disease.

Diarrhea can be the result of constipation

  1. Fact. This is also called overflow diarrhea. This diarrhea is actually the result of blockage in the gut. If you have severe constipation, hard 'plugs' of stool can form in the gut. Loose stools can then leak out along the hard stool.

You should never eat bananas if you are constipated

  1. Myth! It's about the ripeness of bananas. Unripe and plantains contain a lot of 'non-digestible starch' that we cannot digest and that can cause many complaints. Ripe bananas, on the other hand, are high in fiber. This can actually improve bowel movements.

Sweeteners cause hard stools

  1. Myth. High consumption of sweeteners, such as sorbitol or xylitol, caffeine-containing drinks and sugar can actually cause loose stools.

Gingerbread has a laxative effect

  1. Myth! Gingerbread contains very little fiber. It therefore has no stimulating effect on bowel movements.

Fiber-rich foods are not good for diarrhea

  1. Myth. It is good to eat fiber-rich foods if you have diarrhea. Fiber absorbs moisture. Make sure that you do not eat too much, but always in small amounts. It is important that you also drink enough with it. A

  2. Myth. It is good to eat fiber-rich foods when you have diarrhea. Fiber absorbs moisture. Make sure you don't eat too much, but always small amounts. It is important that you also drink enough with it. A



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