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Things You Need to Know About Anxiety and Diarrhea

By Ken Chisholm ; Updated August 14, 2017

Diarrhea is characterized by frequent watery or loose stools. Diarrhea can be caused from a wide variety of factors, physical or otherwise. The most basic cause of diarrhea is the insufficient absorption of water in the large intestine. This typically occurs as a result of some triggering factors, such as medications, infection, inflammation or some type of disease such as Crohn's disease.
Anxiety and stress can exert a powerful influence over normal physical dynamics of the body, such as blood pressure, dietary habits or the formation of stomach ulcers. The intestinal tract is no exception, so there is some evidence to suggest that diarrhea can be caused or exacerbated by anxiety.

Diarrhea is characterized by frequent watery or loose stools. Diarrhea can be caused from a wide variety of factors, physical or otherwise. The most basic cause of diarrhea is the insufficient absorption of water in the large intestine. This typically occurs as a result of some triggering factors, such as medications, infection, inflammation or some type of disease such as Crohn's disease.
Anxiety and stress can exert a powerful influence over normal physical dynamics of the body, such as blood pressure, dietary habits or the formation of stomach ulcers. The intestinal tract is no exception, so there is some evidence to suggest that diarrhea can be caused or exacerbated by anxiety.

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