Diarrhea can be a pain in the you know what! However, recent studies prove that you can help prevent it!
A systematic review by the Cochrane Collaboration found that prophylactic supplementation with probiotics reduces the risk of Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea by 64% compared to no treatment or a placebo.
It all comes down to flora, the bacterial content of your digestive tract. Good bacteria help your digestive tract break down foods and prevent infection. Unfortunately, we live in a proverbial antibiotic soup. Consider our use of antibacterial hand soap, antibiotics used in meats and fish, as well as the unnecessary use of antibiotic medication for non-life threatening infections or even viral infections. All of that exposure kills the good bacteria, as well as the bad stuff, throwing off the microbial balance of the gut and leading to poor health.
So, what can you do?
First off, throw away the antibacterial soaps at home. They don’t reduce infections any better than regular soap and water, but they can lead to antibiotic-resistant strains that are more difficult to treat. Even the American Medical Association is against them!
Secondly, take a probiotic supplement. I personally take and recommend Innate Choice because of the variety and quantity of bacteria in each capsule. Even if you ignored the benefits of a well-functioning digestive and immune system, a $35 month supply of probiotics is well worth it considering that the estimated cost of treating C. difficileinfections range from $2,871 to $4,846 per case!
If you do get diarrhea, don’t panic. It’s usually just your body’s way of cleaning itself out so you can heal. Stay hydrated (I recommend coconut water), get rest, get adjusted, and don’t venture too far from the bathroom!