If you are like me you do not discuss diarrhea with anyone. Commercials on TV make fun of the mother than announces to the world that her son needs medication for diarrhea and anyone who sees these commercial can not help for feel sympathy for the guy. It is hard enough to bring up the subject with your doctor and without it lasts longer than a few days most people will never talk to a doctor about it.

I wanted to know the common definition, as opposed to find a more technical or medical definition, of what diarrhea is to make sure we are talking about the same thing. To find out without having to go talk to anyone about the subject, I decided to look up the subject on About.com. It says that diarrhea is loose, watery stools occurring more than three times in one day. That sounded about right to me; however, it is important to know that this website also said that prolonged dirrhea can be a sign of other problems. If it lasts for 3 days or more I recommend going and seeing a doctor.

However there are some steps you can take to avoid having the problem in the first place. How to avoid diarrhea depends on what it is caused by, and if it goes away in a day or two finding out why is usually not needed or even possible to determine.

One cause is bacterial infections. Several types of bacteria, consumed through contaminated food or water, can cause diarrhea. I have learned that in some cases the bacteria is already in your body and these bacteria can flare up and make you sick due to the foods you eat or food contamination. Other than the obvious solution of controlling the food you eat or the way your food is cleaned and cooked to try to avoid contamination, I have seen studies that indicate the kinds of bacteria already living in your body can have an impact on how often you get an effect diarrhea.

There is research that suggests that having a healthy and stimulating intestinal flora can reduce your susceptibility to contamination or flare ups of bacteria that causes diarrhea. The intestinal flora are the microorganisms that normally live in the digestive tract and can perform a number of beneficial functions for their hosts. Your colon contains trillions of bacteria. Once of these useful functions is the suppression of bacterial infections caused by the beneficial microorganisms or probitocs that grow and live in the digest tract.

My solution to help avoid this problem is something called prebiotics supplements. Prebiotics are really something old that was named recently since the term was coined in 1995. Prebiotics nourish all the good bacteria, or probiotics, allowing them to grow, flourish, and multiply. This can literally crow out the bad bacteria that causes sickness like diarrhea.

While it is true that bacterial infections is only one cause, avoiding it is certainly desirable. I believe that your digestive health can go a long way to avoiding diarrhea. There are a lot of healthy things happening when you get adequate prebiotic fiber. To learn more you will need to do more research or take advantage of my research by visiting my website.