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FAQ: How much fluid do I need each day?

An excerpt from my book… How Much Fluid Do I Need Each Day? It’s best to try to exceed the established standard for adequate intake (AI), especially if you have chronic diarrhea. Remember that all non-alcoholic, caffeinated-free fluids count toward your total, including water, ORS, juices, milk, herbal teas, decaf coffee, and soup. Even fruits […]

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Low-FODMAP Diet Resources and My Lightbulb Moment

I recently purchased a copy of Sue Shepherd’s “The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet” book. It was a great read. The photography is beautiful and the information is clear. As a dietitian, I absolutely love learning new information. I was reading along and BOOM! out popped an “A-HA” moment for me. How had I missed this important […]

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One of the most frequently asked questions I receive, is, “Should I drink Gatorade for my diarrhea?”  My short answer is: No. Unless that’s all you have on hand. Read the following excerpt from Chapter 17 of my book, “The Diarrhea Dietitian: Expert Advice, Practical Solutions, and Strategic Nutrition”. My patients with chronic diarrhea often […]

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Acute Diarrhea

This week one of my kiddos had viral gastroenteritis, aka “the vomiting and diarrhea flu”. I thought it would be good to review the topic of acute, or short-term, diarrhea. Medical Intervention Indicated for Acute Diarrhea Diarrhea in infants. Moderate or severe diarrhea in young children. Acute diarrhea for more than 72 hours. Diarrhea associated […]

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I first became fascinated with probiotics in the early 2000’s. There was not much published literature, but there were a lot of theories about how the body’s bacterial population influenced overall health. When I started writing my book in 2006, there was a larger body of literature. By the time my book was nearing completion […]

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Tip #7 Get tested for Celiac Disease or Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

What is Celiac Disease? Celiac disease (CD) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body has a toxic reaction to gluten, the storage protein in the cereal grains wheat, rye, and barley. CD is present in about 1 out of every 133 Americans (some scientists believe it may be closer to 1 in every 100). Common […]

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Over the years, I have compiled a list of strategies to decrease diarrhea. My book goes into detail for each of these strategies, and includes even more! Determine if you have lactose intolerance. Try a lactose challenge. Determine if you have fructose intolerance. Fructose is a type of sugar. Cut back on very sweet or […]

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Do you have Habba Syndrome?

While researching for my book I came across a term I had never heard about, called Habba Syndrome. You can read more about it at:  http://habbasyndrome.com/_wsn/page2.htm According to Dr Saad F Habba, a dysfunctional gallbladder releases excess bile. This in turn leads to urgent diarrhea, particularly after meals. The treatment is taking cholestyramine (Brand name […]

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Tip #6 Avoid Polyols

Poly…what? Polyols are also known as sugar alcohols. The body cannot absorb them like regular sugar, so they pass through the digestive system relatively intact. Food manufacturers use them to add sweet flavor to foods and candy without contributing toward the calories. Unfortunately, if you have a sensitive gut, these sugar alcohols may result in […]

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When clients tell me about their chronic diarrhea, they often complain about how tired and exhausted they feel. I think many people don’t realize that dehydration may be the culprit! It’s important to remember that when you have a lot of diarrhea, you are losing water, as well as essential electrolytes sodium and potassium. Extreme […]

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