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How to Reduce Intestinal Gas

Learn how to reduce intestinal gas from gastroenterologist Lisa Ganjhu, M.D. in this Howcast video about stomach problems and digestive disorders.

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So what causes diarrhea? To understand what causes diarrhea we need to know what is diarrhea. So basically, diarrhea is watery stools, and a multitude of them. And, some people can have loose stools all the time and that is their normal. But if any change of your normal bowel habits, where you are passing a lot of liquid stool, may have some cramping with it, that is what is called diarrhea.

So the best way to treat diarrhea is, first and foremost, to re-hydrate yourself. And then products such as Pepto-Bismol help to decrease the inflammation because the diarrhea may be caused by the inflammation of the colon. There are products that are anti-diarrhea such as Imodium or, which your doctor can help you decide which one to take, help to stop the digestive tract from moving, and allows the bowels to firm up the stool so you do not have that much diarrhea.

Another great way of helping with diarrhea is adding a little bit of fiber to your diet, taking either Citrucel or Metamucil with less water. And what that does is as it tracts down your colon it absorbs the extra water to help solidify the stools. So you can have more manageable bowel movements and help treat the diarrhea [music].

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