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Renalaid for Going Beyond Bladder Health

Renalaid for Going Beyond Bladder Health

Renalaid for Going Beyond Bladder Health Dr. Claire Arcidiacono, ND   Today’s product highlight probably seems out of place in a conversation mostly about respiratory health. However the health of our respiratory tract is inherently linked to another system. That is our immune system. Keeping 

Digestive Health Part 8: Diverticulosis Vs Diverticulitis

Digestive Health Part 8: Diverticulosis Vs Diverticulitis

Dr. Claire Arcidiacono, ND dives into the differences between Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis, the causes and best supplements to take.

Digestive Health Part 6: Diarrhea

Digestive Health Part 6: Diarrhea

Written by Dr. Claire Arcidiacono, ND Digestive

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Last week we talked about constipation, today we are discussing the exact opposite- diarrhea. Diarrhea is a frequent bowel movement caused by thin or loose watery stool. Severe diarrhea can be very dangerous especially in children and senior citizens. It is important to seek medical attention if diarrhea lasts more than 2 days, there is blood in the stool or a fever above 101.†


Causes and Symptoms

In addition to causing frequent thin/watery stool, diarrhea can cause stomach bloating stomach/intestinal cramps, nausea, vomiting or a feeling of urgency to have a bowel movement. Long term diarrhea can also cause what is called anal leakage as well as a decrease in sensitivity in both the tissues and in the natural “urge” to have a bowel movement. Chronic diarrhea can lead to a propensity to have trouble knowing when a bowel movement will occur and even controlling it. Both diarrhea and anal leakage can cause a painful irritation of the skin to occur. Chronic diarrhea, just like many chronic conditions, can be associated with anxiety and even depression as individuals start to feel anxious about their lack of control regarding bowel movements. They often feel isolated because the frequent bowel movements force them to stay home.† (1)

Chronic diarrhea can also be caused by pathogens just like constipation. Diarrhea that starts abruptly is often caused by bacteria i.e. food poisoning. Parasites from recent travel are another common cause. Usually known as the “24 hour bug” or stomach virus will often result in diarrhea.†

Certain medications can also cause diarrhea. Unfortunately many of the conventional treatments for constipation, such as laxatives, can lead to diarrhea. An example of medications that commonly lead to diarrhea are antibiotics.  Treatments for different forms of cancer can also cause diarrhea. Food allergies or sensitivities like Celiac disease and lactose intolerance can also lead to diarrhea.†

Irritable bowel disease, functional bowel disorder, and Irritable bowel syndrome are certain intestinal diseases that can cause diarrhea. If an individual has a gallbladder dysfunction, had it removed, or has a “sluggish” gallbladder it can lead to diarrhea. If the gallbladder has been removed, it makes it very difficult to break down fat; part of why diarrhea can be experienced.† (2)

Several systemic issues can and do cause diarrhea such as diabetes type 1 and 2, Thyroid disorders and autoimmune disorders such as Systemic lupus erythematosus.† (3)


Diarrhea and Digestive Health

Just like with constipation, in order to effectively work with diarrhea, it is important to know the underlying cause. If there is a systemic concern, it must be addressed first since working with the underlying concern will often result in the diarrhea or constipation naturally resolving itself. In many cases, diarrhea can be a result of a “24-hour bug” or virus which can resolve by itself quickly. If the diarrhea doesn’t clear up in a few days or is accompanied by a fever, going to a gastroenterologist can help you get down to the root cause.†

A stool test can help to rule in or rule out pathogens such as parasites, bacteria, fungus or even yeast. A breath test can help to rule out the pathogens that cause Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). There are also tests to help rule out any food allergies or sensitivities.†

Once lab work is done and we know what is going on, the diarrhea is easier to treat. A food diary is always helpful. I always tell people to write down what they eat, how they felt, and if the diarrhea improved on certain days. It is very important to stay hydrated when you have diarrhea. Due to the loss of electrolytes, I suggest using Rice Water. (4) Following the BRAT DIET is helpful for your stomach after experiencing an episode of diarrhea: Bananas, rice, applesauce and toast (5) Eliminate food allergies or sensitivities from your diet. It is important to address any underlying systemic condition such as Hyperthyroidism.† (6)

Eliminate any pathogens with Probiotics that can help populate the digestive tract with good bacteria; eliminating any pathogens that cause diarrhea. (7) InviteⓇ’s Probiotic Hx, Probiotic Weight, Core Probiotic, and Probiotic Maintain are helpful supplements to build that good bacteria back up. Colostrum is one of the first things I will recommend when it comes to working with diarrhea. It helps to kill pathogens directly and boost the immune system. Colostrum also helps building up the mucus layer in the digestive system, what protects the digestive system from being damaged and leading to things such as leaky gut. (8) Our powered colostrum called Neuroimmune helps restore the damage in the digestive system.†

Antimicrobials have been found in studies to help eliminate pathogens that can cause both diarrhea and constipation. Caprylic acid has been found in studies to help eliminate H. Pylori, Candida and other types of pathogens. (9) Garlic has been found in studies to help eliminate bacteria and fungus such as Candida. (10) InViteⓇ’s Nutristatin 144 contains both Caprylic acid and Garlic to help eliminate bacteria and fungus. Our Aged Garlic can help eliminate bacteria and fungus as well. Olive Leaf Extract has been found to help eliminate microbes such as yeast in the body. (11). InViteⓇ’s Olive Leaf Extract as well as our Renalaid formula are helpful for eliminating microbes.†

Digestive enzymes are helpful when there is an issue with digesting, a person will often experience diarrhea. A good digestive enzyme will help eliminate this issue by breaking down the food. (12) InViteⓇ’s Digestive Hx and Prozyme Digest contain good digestive enzymes to help you with any digestive issues you may experience.†

If you are having any concerns regarding diarrhea, feel free to contact an InViteⓇ nutritionist for more information. Next week, we’ll delve into the differences of IBS vs IBD and how to work with these conditions.†


  1. https://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/digestive-diseases-diarrhea
  2. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/diarrhea
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3150032/
  4. https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-get-rid-of-diarrhea-fast#rice-water
  5. https://www.healthline.com/health/brat-diet
  6. https://www.healthline.com/health/foods-that-cause-diarrhea#food-and-diarrhea
  7. https://www.healthline.com/health/probiotics-and-digestive-health
  8. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-39644-x
  9. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21830350/
  10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4458355/
  11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5490280/#:~:text=The%20present%20stud
  12. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/digestive-enzymes-and-digestive-enzyme-supplements


Microbiome Basics – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 350

Microbiome Basics – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 350

You’ve probably heard of the microbiome and good bacteria before, but do you know what role they play in your body? Learn about how your microbiome impacts digestion, immunity, skin health and so much more from Amanda Williams, MPH.

Clinically Studied Strains Of Bacteria to Support Overall Health – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 288

Clinically Studied Strains Of Bacteria to Support Overall Health – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 288

Not all probiotics are created equal! It’s important to understand the quality and purity behind your probiotic formulation. Here’s what you need to know about beneficial bacteria.

Why You Should Take A Probiotic When On Antibiotics – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 275

Why You Should Take A Probiotic When On Antibiotics – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 275


Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey. Ph

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Antibiotics save lives. There’s no doubt about it. Antibiotics are drugs used to treat infections. But there are some issues with antibiotics. There are some side effects and toxicities that occur, many of them largely due to reducing the number of healthy bacteria in your intestines.

Bacteria and antibiotics

You have trillions of bacteria living with you. They vastly outnumber your own human cells. There are viruses, yeast bacteria and a whole zoo full of other bacteria living with you. Some of them are incredibly healthy and some of them are incredibly dangerous. However, when you have a balance and there’s enough of the healthy bacteria with certain strains and species involved, they help prevent the bad bacteria from acting out.†

When you take many antibiotics, they have what’s called a broad spectrum of activity. They kill many bacteria. Hopefully, they’ll kill the infection that they’re intended to kill, but that doesn’t always happen. However, they frequently kill off your good bacteria and what’s leftover can be really tough, dangerous bacteria, especially one called Clostridium difficile. It’s a very common cause of diarrhea in people who have used antibiotics, but it can also cause a severe form of colitis, which is severe inflammation of the lining of the colon that, in some people, will be terminal.† 

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Study after study shows that when you use a high-quality probiotic, it helps prevent this problem with Clostridium difficile, which is a very common problem. Clostridium difficile can cause such severe inflammation in the intestines and specifically in the colon, that they actually have to remove part of the damaged colon.† 

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When an antibiotic kills off all your friendly bacteria and there’s just some nasty strains leftover, that’s a situation called dysbiosis. This means that you’ve shifted and damaged the balance of bacteria in your intestines. A lot of the leftover bacteria release toxins that inflame the intestines and lead to a condition called leaky gut syndrome. The lining of your intestines is supposed to be a really good barrier to keep things in the intestines from getting into the bloodstream. However, when there are certain strains of bacteria that release toxins that inflame the lining of the intestines, that lining is very thin and it becomes leaky, so now things that shouldn’t leave the intestines are exiting and getting into the bloodstream. This is dangerous. This leaky gut syndrome has been linked to certain autoimmune diseases, cancers and many other ill effects.†

How to help your intestines

There are a number of things that heal your intestines, but healthy bacteria and a good diet alone can heal your intestines. I always tell people to cater to your good bacteria in three ways.

Number one is a good diet. Healthy bacteria live on the ingredients in many fruits, vegetables and foods, like whole grains, cocoa and legumes. If you give sufficient supply of these foods, there are nutrients in them that will feed the good bacteria. Typically, this includes any good source of fiber, like green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, salads and vegetables. Plus, the good bacteria can change things in the food that then go onto protect you from viruses, certain cancers, heart disease, mental deterioration, etc.† 


A second way, and kind of a step up, is having fermented foods, like kefir, yogurt, tempeh, miso and natto. These foods give you bacteria.†

The next step up is the most powerful step you can take. This is if you choose certain probiotic strains that can amazingly improve your digestive health. If you’re going to take a probiotic supplement, you want to get a probiotic with at least two different bacteria and you want at least a billion of each. It would be good if there was a little food for the bacteria in there. They call this a prebiotic and it might be called chicory or fructooligosaccharides (FOS). That makes the probiotic bacteria more successful at culturing and growing in number, leading to better health.†  

Tune into the full podcast episode for more details on the relationship between antibiotics and the digestive system. 

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