1. Summer Diarrhea: Is There Such a Thing?
Base this purely on observation- and then I’ll present to you some facts.
Isn’t it common for our washroom visits to increase during times of extreme heat- thanks to the constant churning and aches in the stomach?
An article in JAMA Network discusses the reason why mortality rate from diarrhea among infants and young children during summer may be higher than in other seasons. The explanation could be two-fold: unclean food and hot weather. “Bacteria of various sorts, whether introduced from the food, or already present in the intestine, are undoubtedly the exciting causes, but they seem unable to act deleteriously until the vital resistance of the child has first been decidedly weakened by protracted heat or humidity.”
Speaking with FIT, Dr Ashwini Setya, a Gastroenterologist and Programme Director in Delhi’s Max Super Speciality Hospital, explains that the link between temperature and digestion is indirect.
“Humans are warm blooded. The enzymes in their bodies are programmed to maintain the average body temperature at 37’C- no matter where they are,” he adds.