Your bulimia recovery
Tap here to read more about the bulimia recovery program

My online program and private recovery community has helped hundreds of women beat bulimia.
Click here to learn more

Beat bulimia using my online recovery program and private community. Hundreds of women who were just like you have done the same!

Click here to learn more Member Login

Beware of artificial sweeteners and foods that contain them causing diareah which leads to lazy bowel

by Sonya Lynn Moran
(Bowling Green, KY)

I would like your readers to be aware that artificial sweeteners can cause severe diarrhea and then lead to lazy bowel. Before I began replacing sugar in my morning coffee with the artificial sweetener,Splenda,(see info on the web about the class action lawsuit against Splenda.) to try to lose a few pounds, I was as "regular" as the morning sunrise. After I started using Splenda; however, I would have loose bowels right after drinking my 2 mugs of coffee. Since this was happening after my morning coffee I decided that perhaps I was drinking too much coffee so I cut my coffee consumption in half and now drink 2 cups or less than 16 oz each day not having any idea that the artificial sweetener could be to blame. This helped; however, instead of having to run to the restroom right after drinking my morning coffee, I began having terrible cramps. It was as if I was in a "tug of war" and somehow the large rope was around my waist and both sides were pulling as hard as they could! Grasping for relief I would take Gas Ex which would send me running to the restroom with diarrhea. I had asked my family physician about it and he basically said just treat the symptoms which I continued to do. Several months later when I saw him again and told him I was having the same problems, I was told I needed a colonoscopy and an appointment was made; however, before I had the test, I happened to see an episode of Dr. Oz in September of 2011 in which he said that artificial sweeteners can cause diarrhea. Dr. Oz also aired a show about Splenda in December of 2011. After viewing the September show I cut Splenda out of my diet. I had also developed a urinary tract infection probably a result of having so much diareah and after seven, yes seven, rounds of antibiotics and two, yes two cat scans, I was referred to see an OB/BYN and a Urologist who both then referred me to a Gastrointerologist who suggested I another x-ray and a colonoscopy before he could tell me definitively that I have lazy bowel. Although I haven't yet received a professional diagnosis that I have a lazy bowel, I believe that I do and have already gotten some relief from following a plant based diet with very small amounts of chicken and turkey breast and I know all too well that if I eat a delicious steak or burger, I will have my bowel to pay.

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to lazy bowel.



Article by Shaye Boddington
Author of
and creator of The Bulimia Recovery Program and Community

The Bulimia Recovery Program