Gastroenterologist Questions Diarrhea

Why do I have diarrhea when I eat spicy food?

Lately I realized that I am just not able to eat spicy food. Even the slightest amount of spice causes diarrhea for me. What could be the reason? Is there any way to prevent this?

4 Answers

Very little information is provided here but if I were to venture a guess, it might be that the diarrhea is caused by a gastrocolic reflex or irritable bowel syndrome. You need a diagnosis first before any preventative measures can be recommended.
Not sure, but if there is a causal relationship avoiding it is the best solution.
Certain spices in large amounts can be irritating to the intestines however, other possible intestinal disorders may need to be considered as well.
It is possible that your system is not breaking down capsaicin and cayenne, spices that can cause diarrhea. It is also possible you have underlying functional bowel disease (or irritable bowel syndrome), which can have such a reaction to spices. Perhaps you can tirtrate how much you eat in spices to the point you don't have a reaction.