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Can a change in diet cause diarrhea?

Can a change in diet cause diarrhea?

Yes: Any change in diet can cause gastrointestinal problems. If you have diarrhea suspected from dietary change - then change back and see if it gets better. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

Refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Might a sudden change in diet cause food poisoning symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea?

Might a sudden change in diet cause food poisoning symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea?

No: Just change in diet is not a cause of food poising, as long as the new diet is not contaminated with microbes or chemicals. ...Read more

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My three year old has had diarrhea for almost a month but without any other symptoms or change in diet. Is this something to be concerned about? Tks

My three year old has had diarrhea for almost a month but without any other symptoms or change in diet. Is this something to be concerned about? Tks

CHRONIC DIARRHEA....: Most of the diarrhea are viral origin, no blood in stool, not much cramp or fever, resolves by an week or so. If longer, your child need to have an exam, test to find out the cause. Check with the child's pediatrician. By the time, give her pedialyte for each diarrhea, some yogurt, bananna, rice, applesauce, toast, etc. ...Read more

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Can a liquid diet cause diarrhea?

Can a liquid diet cause diarrhea?

Liquid diet: It can, but it really depends on what you are drinking. Normally, just drinking liquids doesn't give you diarrhea. If the liquids contain a high amount of sugar, fats, or dairy (among other things), it is possible that your GI tract may not handle that well and the result can be diarrhea. ...Read more

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I am bloated, have diarrhea, gained 3 inches on my waist. Haven't made a major diet change. Please help me to stop feeling this way.

I am bloated, have diarrhea, gained 3 inches on my waist. Haven't made a major diet change. Please help me to stop feeling this way.

Get labs: It sounds like you need to see an MD and get some lab work to rule out possible thyroid disease based on the wt gain. You may want to consider testing for celiac disease also. Your MD needs to do a thorough history (including family history) and physical exam. More tests may be needed (liver enzymes etc) to help diagnose you. Try a probiotic supplement for the bloating and keep a food diary. ...Read more

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I have had diarrhea for 2 weeks since home repair (ceilings) no diet changes. Better last weekend when I was out of town. Back now. What is it?

I have had diarrhea for 2 weeks since home repair (ceilings) no diet changes. Better last weekend when I was out of town. Back now. What is it?

Doctor can evaluate: Colon or rectum symptoms, or diarrhea, can be due to irritation (inflammation) or infection. Symptoms can occur from Giardia infections, infectious viruses or bacteria, inflammatory bowel, celiac disease, etc... Lactose intolerance, or eating excess fruits or sugarfree sweeteners like maltitol or sorbitol, can also cause symptoms. A primary care doctor, or a G.I. doctor, can evaluate and do tests. ...Read more

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Could my ultra-low carb diet have caused my prolonged diarrhea?

Could my ultra-low carb diet have caused my prolonged diarrhea?

Get checked: You've been asking a lot of questions on this site about prolonged diarrhea. I think it's time to see a doctor face-to-face! Good luck. ...Read more

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Can the brat diet work for diarrhea caused by an antibiotic?

A little: Due to the imbalance of healthy bacteria killed by the antibiotics, you need to establish good bacteria in the colon. There are foods that can help do this in addition to the brat diet. Whole wheat products, bananas help for short chained fructooligosaccharides which promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the colon and reestablish the balance between yeast and good bacteria. ...Read more

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I was wondering does the brat diet work for diarrhea caused by an antibiotic?

I was wondering does the brat diet work for diarrhea caused by an antibiotic?

YEs: Bananas- have fiber which will help soak up some of the diarrhea liquid
White rice- cooked of course
Applesauce- has soluble fiber which also helps bind the stool
Tea- try decaff - you need fluids- water or decaff tea, You don't want the caffeine- cause it makes you urinate- and that is dehydrating, and the caffeine can also make you cramp and worsen the diarrhea ...Read more

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Having diarrhea when not on BRAT diet. What infection or condition can cause this?

Having diarrhea when not on BRAT diet. What infection or condition can cause this?

Many: We need more information to help you with this. There are many causes of diarrhea. How long has it been going on? Have you been on any antibiotics in the last few months? Have you traveled outside the US recently? Give us more information and we will be able to help you sort this out. Start a probiotic as soon as possible in any case. ...Read more

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My 5 year old has celiac disease. I change her diet but she still has diarrhea could there be more wrong?

My 5 year old has celiac disease. I change her diet but she still has diarrhea could there be more wrong?

Hidden gluten: There are many hidden sources of gluten and cross contamination in food we eat. You can have her blood tested for antibodies that should improve if she is following the diet. Speak to your health professional about the foods she eats as well as possibility of products that contain gluten you may be unaware of. A stool evaluation for other causes of diarrhea can be done by the pediatrician. ...Read more

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Does food that I eat travel through breastmilk and to baby? My 2, 5months old has diarrhea, I changed my diet but he still has. No other signs

Does food that I eat travel through breastmilk and to baby? My 2, 5months old has diarrhea, I changed my diet but he still has. No other signs

No: Food is broken down by your digestive system into energy units. When I hear this story I advise to stop drinking milk for two weeks to see if a change. Sometimes the protein from cow's milk can pass thru milk and irritate infant. Nicotine and caffeine are the other things to drop. Breast fed babies normal have small squirty yellow stool with chunks with is miscalled as diarrhea a lot.
http://www. Livestrong. Com/article/501339-does-what-you-eat-affect-your-breast-milk/ ...Read more

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What to do if I have gained 27 lbs in 8 mths. No changes in diet. Stomach swells and hardens. Some discomfort diarrhea?

What to do if I have gained 27 lbs in 8 mths. No changes in diet. Stomach swells and hardens. Some discomfort diarrhea?

If weight gain is...: ...unexplained, and is accompanied by GI symptoms of uncertain cause, then evaluation is warranted. Please schedule an appointment with your physician. ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding my 2, 5 months old baby. He has diarrhea for 5 days almost. I changed a diet but it doesnot help. What can I do?

I am breastfeeding my 2, 5 months old baby. He has diarrhea for 5 days almost. I changed a diet but it doesnot help. What can I do?

Keep breastfeeding: Breast milk has antibodies that help reduce viral diarrhea length. There is no medication for diarrhea at this age. Keep buttocks covered in vaseline. However, exclusively breastfed infants will often have squirty mustard looking stools with chunks - often called diarrhea by those used to harder firm stools of formula fed stools. If this persists, make appt with MD to check weight and check health ...Read more

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My stool has been light tan color and always have diarrhea. I've been really stressed lately, and changed up my diet, could this be a factor?

My stool has been light tan color and always have diarrhea. I've been really stressed lately, and changed up my diet, could this be a factor?

Light colored stool: The light colored stoolmay be due to a prominent milk diet. In fact, if you have constant diarrhea you may be lactoseintolerant. ...Read more

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Just started a new diet that has me drinking 148 oz of water a day. Can that cause my diarrhea? Or can it be the vitamins I started taking.

Just started a new diet that has me drinking 148 oz of water a day. Can that cause my diarrhea? Or can it be the vitamins I started taking.

Be careful: That's a lot of water (almost 4 1/2 liters). Yes, I suspect the loose stools. Be careful of fad diets that involve extremes of any particular food or supplement or excessive water. ...Read more

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Could SIBO cause weight loss without diarrhea, I have SIBO and lost about 15lbs in 5 months and can't seem to gain weight, been on a low fodmap diet.

Could SIBO cause weight loss without diarrhea, I have SIBO and lost about 15lbs in 5 months and can't seem to gain weight, been on a low fodmap diet.

Not likely: Alternate causes for weight loss should be explored. Also, generalized abdominal pain is not a typical symptom of bacterial overgrowth. Your symptoms should be further investigated. ...Read more

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I've been having flat poop for about 6 months now. Its usually of diarrhea consistency. I don't have the best diet. Added fiberno change. How can I stop i?

I've been having flat poop for about 6 months now. Its usually of diarrhea consistency. I don't have the best diet. Added fiberno change. How can I stop i?

The shape of: Your stool suggests SPASM of your lower bowel. Certainly this was always thought to be a major symptom of what WAS called "spastic colon", now we recognize an entity called "IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. You need to see your Primary Care Provider who can decide whether a consultation with a Gastroenterologist is necessary!
Hope this helps!

Dr Z ...Read more

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Green diarrhea started taking new vitamins two days ago. And started drinking green tea recently and a sudden change of diet what's wrong?

Green diarrhea started taking new vitamins two days ago. And started drinking green tea recently and a sudden change of diet what's wrong?

Diet change: Any conditions which cause the stool to transit too rapidly through the intestines can lead to green, moist stool. Eating green leafy vegetables can lead to green stool. Green cabbage, lettuce, peas, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, green salad, green leaves, celery & green beans as well as food that contains green food coloring can lead to green stool. Some meds can change stool color. ...Read more

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Can a low carb diet cause daily diarrhea and urgency to defecate?

Can a low carb diet cause daily diarrhea and urgency to defecate?

Multiple etiologies!: Consult Ur Family MD or Gastroenterologist.
It could be your diet. You may want to restrict fat or food additives in your diet, or U could have some simple condition like Irritable bowel syndrome to serious conditions like Tropical Sprue or chronic pancreatitis.etc. U may want to try more Fiber in the diet (25-30gm/day). Try "Optifber or Benefiber" ...Read more

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No diet change or teething. All of a sudden my baby girl has had diarrhea 9 times in 24hrs. No fever. Little bit of a cough. What could it be?

Stomach flu: Is the second most common illness kids get, after common cold. the common symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea, and/or fever. the condition usually last 4-8 days. Good rest, lots of fluids and Tylenol (acetaminophen) OTC for pain management will help your girl to recover. If concerned call your doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I recently increased by fiber intake from 10-15g to 25g. It cured my constipation but now I get diarrhea. Side effect of the sudden diet change?

I recently increased by fiber intake from 10-15g to 25g. It cured my constipation but now I get diarrhea. Side effect of the sudden diet change?

Could Be: Settle down and adjust amounts. Fiber is good for you and usually not enough in Western diet. You can always increase it slowly after symptoms resolve. Overall a good idea though. ...Read more

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Consistent diarrhea for 3 weeks. No changes in lifestyle or diet. No extra stressorsno solid stools. Diarrhea is dark brown in color. Imodium (loperamide) not helpin?

Consistent diarrhea for 3 weeks. No changes in lifestyle or diet. No extra stressorsno solid stools. Diarrhea is dark brown in color. Imodium (loperamide) not helpin?

See a doctor-: The chronicity of the diarrhea will require some testing of the stool and further diagnostics such as colonoscopy that will be done by a specialist. It may or may not be due to an infection. ...Read more

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My son has diarrhea and its like water and smells bad, he had this before and the doctor switched him to soy milk. His diet hasn't changed. Help?

My son has diarrhea and its like water and smells bad, he had this before and the doctor switched him to soy milk. His diet hasn't changed. Help?

Diarrhea: Due to the bad smell, I recommend a culture of the stools be done. Soy formula is now shunned as a substitute formula. If your baby really needs a formula change, try another one that is not soy-based - gentlease, similac sensitive, nutramigen, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea = increased frequency of stools which ...Read more