Acute Diarrhoea is experienced by nearly everyone at one time or another with symptoms usually lasting around 48 hours. Diarrhoea may cause a loss of significant amounts of water or salts so important to keep hydrated. Most clear up without treatment. Chronic Diarrhoea lasts much longer and can be a sign of IBS or a more serious disorder such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and needs to be medically investigated.

Other Common Names: 

Loose bowels, watery stools.


Frequent watery bowel movements, sweating , urgency.

Additional Symptoms: 

Fluid Loss, dehydration, general fatigue, malaise.

Possible Causes: 

Chronic diarrhoea has many causes and needs to be medically investigated as can be a symptom of other more serious ailments. Acute diarrhoea can be serious if a lengthy bout ensues due to sufferers becoming dehydrated. It is important to drink plenty of fluids during spells of diarrhoea and it's also important to try and eat normally. Some of the more common causes include gastric flu, food poisoning, IBS , infections, and malabsorption. Diarrhoea is frequent in babies and young children and is referred to as toddlers diarrhoea, the condition usually clears before a child reaches four years old.

Associated Diagnostics: 

Health conditions are complex and have many contributing factors, some conditions may be managed through diet and nutrition, whilst others may benefit from one or more of the following functional diagnostic tests.

Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis, IgG Food Antibodies, Food Sensitivity Screen, Thyroid Function, Coeliac Disease, Lactose Intolerance, Intestinal Permeability Assessment, Organic Acids.