Loose stools and diarrhoea can be caused by a number of reasons including viruses and food poisoning. Conditions of the gut such as IBS and Inflammatory Bowel Disease can also cause diarrhoea.
If you have had ongoing issues with loose bowel motions, it’s important to see your doctor for a check up. Diarrhoea-predominant IBS or functional diarrhoea are often diagnosed once more serious causes (Coeliac disease, IBD, infections) are ruled out.
Diarrhoea caused by IBS or a food intolerance can be managed well by modifying your diet to reduce trigger foods, such as lactose, fructose, sorbitol, caffeine, spicy food and other common food triggers.
How do you know if diarrhoea is triggered by a food intolerance?
Working with a gut health dietitian can help to identifying if specific foods are triggering your symptoms and develop a plan to manage diarrhoea.