DIARRHEA: What it Means and How to Stop It

GutChek for Food Sensitivities and Diarrhea  

Digestive health is essential for optimal vitality. If you experience loose stools or chronic diarrhea, this may indicate that you have food sensitivities. Symptoms of pain, cramping and GI discomfort may be prevalent with diarrhea. Three or more loose stools per day are considered to be diarrhea and may warrant a visit to the doctor. Most people have had severe diarrhea sometime in their life. Many people experience loose stools frequently. It happens when you pass excessive liquid stool during bowel movements and is usually a symptom of other health concerns.

Food sensitivities are a common cause of chronic loose stools. Bloating and gas are additional symptoms that may be present because the digestive system is reacting to various foods. Food sensitivities are different from food allergies. Think of them as a warning sign vs a full-blown reaction. The immune system is responding to certain foods, but there is not an anaphylactic response. Food sensitivities left unattended can lead to increased inflammation and more significant issues, which is why they are important to isolate and address.

If you experience intermittent loose stools, monitor your diet for these common food-related causes:

Lactose intolerance:

The body’s inability to digest sugars contained in dairy products can cause loose stools, gas and bloating. If you have low levels of lactase, the enzyme that catalyzes digestion of milk, consuming foods rich in milk components may cause loose stools.

Fructose intolerance:

Honey and natural fruits contain a type of sugar known as fructose. When people with fructose intolerance consume products with this kind of sugar, regardless of the fact it’s natural, this can lead to bowel irritation, and consequently diarrhea.

Gluten intolerance:

Gluten is a protein found in wheat and other grains. Sensitivities or intolerance of this protein is common. Some people are sensitive to grains because the high fibre content irritates the bowls.

Reaction to artificial sweeteners:

Artificial sweeteners, such as sorbitol, and aspartame can also be problematic and lead to digestive disturbances. These sweeteners are prevalent in processed diet foods.

Fatty and fried foods:

Fatty and deep-fried foods can be difficult to digest for even the healthiest people. Bloating and diarrhea could follow as a result.

What you can do to help loose bowels and diarrhea:

Proper Hydration:

Since you pass excessive liquid in your stools, drinking extra fluids is essential. Water, soups and juices are beneficial to easing symptoms.

Dietary Changes:

When recovering from diarrhea and related symptoms like bloating, gradually introduce low fibre foods into your diet after taking liquids. If it’s genuinely diarrhea, the recommended standard is the BRAT diet.  Bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. These foods are less likely to cause bowel discomfort. If loose stools and suspected food sensitivities are the culprits, removing these triggers from your diet is crucial.

Dietary Observation:

Keep a food journal and track everything you eat and drink. Sensitivities may present themselves up to 72 hours after consumption, so note the time of each meal too. After a week or two, look at the big picture and observe any trends.

GutChek: A Food Sensitivity Test:

The Slimwell Program integrates a food sensitivity test for every client. We send a hair sample to the lab and three weeks later, a comprehensive list of food and environmental sensitivities are determined. The results even reveal metal toxicities. A science-based approach to preparing for the next step.

Follow an Elimination Diet:

Abstain from all potential food sensitivities for 6-8 weeks. The body will have time to rest from exposure and likely begin repairing itself. After 6-8 weeks, you introduce eliminated food one-by-one to find which ones the body is reacting to. Your body will naturally tell you which foods you need to drop entirely.

Many people struggle with this because eating is habitual. A certified holistic nutrition consultant can be the most helpful tool here. They can view dietary habits objectively and can help devise suitable replacements; an elimination diet does not mean you should feel deprived when your favourite ‘go-to’ food is on the chopping block.

Experiencing loose stools, diarrhea, or any other related symptoms such as bloating is no reason to panic. In most cases, these issues can be managed. More often than not, it is just our body’s way of trying to communicate; we just need a dietary and lifestyle change.

If you suffer from loose stool and are interested in discovering the right food choices to support your healthy lifestyle, our friendly Slimwell staff can help guide you in the right direction. Call us today for a no-obligation chat about your needs.

What is Coolsculpt?

Slimwell recognizes there are plenty of ways to lose fat these days. While there will never be a substitute for healthy eating and exercise, there may always be that stubborn fat that diet and exercise alone can’t get to.  In that case, you may be considering Coolsculpt.

Coolsculpt is a great option when looking to target problem areas. However it is not always the right option if you have 15lbs or more to lose. Here’s why.

What is Coolsculpt?

Coolsculpt is a non-invasive procedure that works by freezing fat cells. Someone getting a coolsculpt done doesn’t go under the knife; there’s no surgery or cutting involved, so the procedure is safer than other types of surgery, such as liposuction.

How Coolsculpting Works

The technician uses an applicator that works in a similar way to a vacuum, though not anywhere near as powerful. The skin is sucked into the applicator, which cools the fatty cells. The area will go numb, and it’s likely the patient will experience a cold sensation around the treated areas.

The procedure takes approximately one hour. There might be some tenderness or soreness at the spot, but there’s no recovery time needed — unlike actual surgery.

It can take between four and six months for the fat cells to disappear entirely.

Does Coolsculpting Work?

Fat cells treated with Coolsculpt go away completely. However, the procedure won’t stop new fat cells from growing, so keeping the weight off requires a change in daily habits around nutritional choices.

What sort of cost is involved?

Coolsculpt is considered a cosmetic treatment so it generally won’t be covered under insurance. The prices can vary depending on where you’re located and how many treatments might be needed. Someone with fat located on several parts of their body might need more treatments than a person with only one or two areas that need treating.

Coolsculpt is a great way to target those stubborn areas especially, after you have lost weight and are still feeling like a little more tone is needed. Instead, if you’re looking to lose weight and keep it off a nutritional choices are the lifelong solution. However Coolsculpt is a fast solution for targeting 5-10lbs of fat in problem areas.

It’s also important to discuss coolsculpting with your doctor or GP. Weight gain can be linked to more than just unhealthy eating and can be indicative of other health problems, such as diabetes.

Coolsculpt may act as a quick way to target those unwanted bulges or problem areas. It’s non-invasive, doesn’t hurt, and you don’t need to spend ages recovering from surgery.

Consider your end goal.

Are you looking to target specific areas OR do you have more than 15lbs to lose and wish to keep it off?  

A great candidate for Coolsculpt, is someone who is close to their target weight, but with some areas that may need a little extra help with toning or targeting those stubborn areas

However If you’re looking for help with achieving your optimal weight, consider a nutritionally focused weight loss program like Slimwell that focuses on losing weight and keeping it off.

Contact our team at Slimwell for a free consultation. We’ll explain our approach and why it boasts a success rate of more than 90% for those who stick to it.

Why Healthy Foods Don’t Always Lead to Weight Loss.

You’ve decided to embark on a journey of losing weight, and you should feel good about this decision; a healthy lifestyle is not only linked to a longer life but a happier one as well.

But where do you start? There are numerous ways you can lose weight fast. The problem is that simply eating less is likely to leave you feeling unsatisfied and hungry.

Juggling a weight loss program with family and work life can be a daunting experience especially when done on an empty stomach.

The good news is you do not have to endure this, with a simple adjustment to your diet you can be on the road to jumpstarting your weight loss, without suffering hunger pains.

Losing weight is as much about you, as it is about the foods you eat.

•    The first thing to understand is that all calories are not the same; some calories can fill you up without  having a profound, adverse effect on the body.

•    The metabolic process varies for different foods and different bodies. Some take longer pathways through the body, while others react with you differently based on your genetic makeup.

•    Different foods have enormous impacts on your unique body, with effects that can range from raging hormones to feelings of hunger to the amount of fats your body can efficiently burn.

DID YOU KNOW?

At Slimwell, we include a food sensitivity test with every weight loss program to identify the foods that may be creating inflammation in your system and to help you make the best food choices for your unique dietary needs.

Not quite ready to commit to a weight-loss program? The following advice should start you down the right path.

Healthy foods to eat to lose weight

While no one particular food holds the magical wand to weight loss, the following foods are likely to help you stop the hunger, without adding a lot of fat. Most of these foods are known to have a low energy density, which means that you can have large portions without going overboard on calories. They also have high fibre which will help suppress your appetite by keeping you full for longer and making weight loss a little easier.  

I.    Avocados

This monounsaturated fatty acid fruit contains dietary fibre, phytochemicals and potassium. According to studies, people who enjoy avocados regularly, typically enjoy low body weight, BMI and waist circumference. This creamy and flavourful fruit has a satisfying fat and fibre combination which will help you cut down on your weight, without going hungry.

II.    Eggs

The egg’s high-quality protein contains essential nutrients including choline and vitamin D. The other good thing about eggs is that they are typically eaten in the morning, which makes them a protein powerhouse that helps regulate hunger and appetite hormones.

III.    Beans

If you are trying to lose weight, then your best friend should be healthy foods that are high in fibre. Luckily, this is a condition that beans fulfil effortlessly. They keep you feeling full for longer and score relatively low on the calorie level.

IV.    Yoghurt

The protein-packed goodness is full of probiotics which help you lose weight by keeping your bacteria happy (which is excellent for your metabolism).  Stick with plain yoghurt instead of the flavoured yoghurts, which are often packed with sugars and calories.

V.    Salmon

It provides high-quality protein that is equipped with plenty of good omega-three fatty acids. It will help you feel more satisfied when you are watching your weight. It’s versatile, delicious and provides the recommended servings of white meat.

VI.    Fruit

Add in fresh fruit in place of unhealthy snacks. It’s a natural treat that holds the benefits of antioxidants and fibre. Studies show that high consumption of fruits lowers the risks of becoming obese.

Conclusion

We hope that this list of healthy foods helps motivate and encourage you to achieve your goals. Of course, diet is just one of many factors that influence weight loss. For the chance to learn about ways to accelerate your weight loss – contact us directly and speak with one of our Slimwell advisors. You won’t regret it!