Diarrhoea & Constipation Dietitians Brisbane
Many people don’t like talking about diarrhoea and constipation, but our team of Accredited Practising Dietitians here at New Life Nutrition do.
Our nutritionists and dietitians, who have worked closely with the FAILSAFE support group, are all professionals in their field with years of experience in assisting Brisbane patients on how to better deal with their diarrhoea and constipation. Call us to book your appointment now.
What is Diarrhoea?
Diarrhoea is a condition characterised by the excretion of very loose, watery or runny stools more times than usual.
There is no universally-accepted number of times to poop per day or week, but you may observe that your normal number of pooping may be doubled during your diarrhoea episode.
What Causes Diarrhoea?
Bacterial infections, viruses, or certain chronic conditions, such as IBS, may be the reason behind your watery stools and frequent visits to the bathroom.
What Can I Do To Avoid Diarrhoea?
Practicing good hygiene is often enough to keep yourself protected from most cases of diarrhoea. Washing your hands on a regular basis, especially before you prepare or eat food, is a proven way to reduce your chances of being infected by diarrhoea-causing bacteria or viruses.
What is Constipation?
Constipation is a condition marked by hard, small stools that are difficult to pass, so much so that you have to strain in order to relieve yourself. Your bowel movement may become infrequent or painful when you are constipated.
What Causes Constipation?
There are different gut and bowel health conditions that cause constipation, including coeliac disease, diverticular disease and IBS. Diabetes and hypothyroidism may cause constipation as well. Pregnancy also poses a greater risk of constipation due to the pressure that the uterus places on your intestines.
What Can I Do To Avoid Constipation?
Eating a healthy diet is an important factor to minimise your risk for constipation. Reducing your caffeine intake, as well as your dairy and alcohol consumption, can help prevent constipation. It is important to note, however, that constipation is not always diet-related.
Are Diarrhoea & Constipation common?
Yes, diarrhoea and constipation are very common conditions that affect many people, though they aren’t topics that are openly discussed often.
Does Diarrhoea & Constipation Cause Major Damage To My Health?
Diarrhoea doesn’t cause long-term damage to your health when it happens infrequently. But when you experience frequent episodes of diarrhoea, you may suffer from dehydration, which could lead to more serious health issues.
Likewise, infrequent cases of constipation usually clear up on their own, but if you struggle with chronic constipation, you may want to consult with our qualified team of practitioners to better tackle this issue.
We Can Help You Manage Your Diarrhoea & Constipation
Our team are experts in identifying the possible causes of your diarrhoea and constipation. We conduct rigorous testing, notably the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s (RPAH) elimination diet to determine and manage your food sensitivities so we can find out if a certain type of food is behind your diarrhoea and constipation.
Once we have identified the food that causes your diarrhoea and constipation, our team will formulate easy-to-follow, practical and personalised lifestyle programs that will help you better manage your diarrhoea and constipation so you can enjoy a higher quality of life.