Constipation – Diarrhea are common signs of food allergy | food intolerance | gluten sensitivity | gluten intolerance | celiac disease. So whenever you have on-going bowel symptoms – think about a food reaction. Of course it can be something else.
Constipation – Diarrhea
Constipation – hard bowels need investigation
Constipation is hard and infrequent poos/bowel motions. This can be uncomfortable or painful. Straining at stool.
Food intolerance/allergy can cause of constipation. Cow’s milk (in the first years) and gluten (later on) are the most common foods that cause constipation. Without the removal of the offending food, the constipation drags on.
Constipation also has to do with the amount of fiber in the diet, the amount of water you drink, and the probiotic bacteria in your colon. Taking a regular probiotic is a good idea.
If you are using laxatives, then think of the possibility of food allergy | food intolerance.
In my Clinic almost everyone who has a constipation, soiling problem get better. However, it can take months. Why take laxatives constantly if you can change your diet and improve.
Diarrhea – Loose bowels need investigation
Diarrhea (diarrhoea) is the word for runny poos – loose bowel motions – sloppy feces.
Diarrhea poos/faeces has a wide range of descriptions: slushy, splattery, gassy, runny, liquid, mushy, watery, smelly, green, pale, stinky. Diarrhea is caused when the poos have more water in them – this makes them loose/runny – and they are often more frequent.
It is a good idea to have to the poop tested for bugs and parasites.
Food intolerance is often the cause
Food allergy can cause loose poos. A nappy rash is common symptom of a food intolerance effecting the bowel (allergens travel through with the poop). Cow’s milk, gluten, soy and eggs are the most common foods implicated in causing diarrhea. If you (or your child) have funny poos, then think about a food allergy/intolerance.