Causes of Diarrhea
1. Systemic infections
The most common cause of diarrheal distress is a (systemic) infection that can be caused by: viruses, bacteria and parasites.
Usually, if the underlying infection clears up, diarrheal episodes should pass as well.
Antibiotics, cardiovascular medications, blood pressure altering drugs, diuretics and antacids can
disrupt the normal stool passage and can have diarrhea as a side effect.
3. Food intolerances
Lactose is a type of sugar, characteristically found in milk and dairy products. People with lactose intolerance cannot properly digest this type of sugar. As a result, the undigested lactose
accumulates in the colon, causing osmotic imbalances that results in diarrhea.
Fructose is a kind of sugar that is naturally present in higher amounts in fruits (e.g. apples, watermelons, pears, mangos as well as dried fruits), honey and agave syrup. Vegetables like asparagus, sugar snap peas and artichokes can also contain significant fructose concentrations. Just like lactose, fructose can be hard to digest for some people, thus resulting in unpleasant episodes of diarrhea. Fructose malabsorption can vary from individual to individual. Thus, some find it easier to tolerate low- fructose fruits such as bananas, blueberries, strawberries, kiwi and citrus fruits.