Diarrhea can appear in various circumstances, but it is always a burdensome problem. Both adults and children are equally affected by it. Fortunately we can protect ourselves from its rapid progression and consequences.
What should we know about diarrhea?
Diarrhea is a mere protection of a host from invasion of toxic substances. We define diarrhea as increased number of fluid stools with increased volume. Irritated bowels contract and pass the food more rapidly. Diarrhea may be caused by bacterial invasion in the intestinal mucosa or exposure of the intestine to toxins produced by microorganisms. Diarrhea may accompany infections unrelated to the gastrointestinal tract, such as otitis media, pneumonia or stomach flu. It usually subsides within 2-3 days, but can be chronic and persist even for a few months.
Causes of diarrhea
Diarrhea is induced by various different causes. In children, the most common causes include gastrointestinal viral, bacterial, or parasitic infections, allergies or food intolerance, nutritional errors or complications of antibiotic therapy. Potential sources of diarrhea in adults include neurosis, hyperthyroidism, allergies or food intolerance (e.g. milk), drugs, food poisoning, gastrointestinal diseases (e.g. ulcerative colitis), malignancies.
Should we be afraid of diarrhea?
The biggest threat related to diarrhea is dehydration and loss of mineral salts (electrolytes), in particular of sodium and potassium; diarrhea may also be complicated by severe acidosis. Elderly patients and children are especially at risk. We should not neglect diarrhea. Negligence may result in renal function disorders, and in severe cases in arthritis or purulent lesions in other organs. Live bacterial strains and hydration are used in uncomplicated acute diarrhea (watery stool without blood or mucus). Probiotics help to restore adequate composition of the intestinal microflora.
In the event of diarrhea you can use a synbiotic MULTILAC® that contains as many as 9 selected live bacterial strains and a nutritive ingredient – oligofructose. Due to the innovative encapsulation technology, live bacterial strains included in MULTILAC® are characterized by markedly increased resistance to low pH of gastric juice, bile salts and digestive enzymes. Live bacterial strains restore and maintain balance of the gastrointestinal microflora and the nutritive ingredient is a source of energy required for bacterial development. Therefore, we significantly limit risk of diarrhea and at least we alleviate its course. Remember to start taking MULTILAC® several days before your scheduled trip. One capsule daily is enough. Due to the encapsulation technology, MULTILAC® does not need to be refrigerated and thus can be a particularly beneficial companion of our trip adventures.