People love is the best feeling ever. Me? I think finding a toilet when you have diarrhoea is better. The only thing better than that may be not having diarrhoea at all or more realistically, a quick home remedy to get you out of this fresh hell you find yourself in. Diarrhea also spelt diarrhoea, is a gastrointestinal infection that causes excess discharge in the form of loose watery stools accompanied by a stomachache. Something tells me you already know that. Here are some natural home remedies to effectively treat it.
Symptoms of diarrhoea
- Frequent, watery stools
- Abdominal cramping
Home treatment of diarrhoea
Resist the impulse to reach for medication because most antidiarrheal drugs are more appropriate for frequent or severe diarrhea. For an incidental bout, home remedies are a better choice. Medication can actually move you from one extreme to constipation which is equally unpleasant.
Diarrhea can lead to a deficit of fluids, including water. This causes the body to lose electrolytes such as sodium and chloride. Recovery begins with restoring the lost fluids. Dehydration can be dangerous in children and older adults. Drink plenty of water, clear juices, clear broths, or electrolyte-rich sports drink.
Some people find that a liquid diet for the first 24 hours of diarrhea helps settle the digestive system. This may include salty broths, bland soups, and drinks.
The BRAT diet is recommended. BRAT is an acronym for bananas, rice, applesauce/apple, and toast. It is comprised of low-fiber foods that help firm up the stool.
Other foods that may help include:
Organic apple cider vinegar (ACV)
Anecdotal evidence suggests that apple cider vinegar offers relief in as little as 20 minutes. Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial, antiviral, and antiparasitic properties. It also helps replenish the supply of good bacteria in the digestive tract which helps in treating diarrhea.
Mix 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in warm water and drink on an empty stomach. Repeat this process every three waking hours for 24 hours. Afterward, take the mixture once in the morning and once in the evening until your trials and tribulations are over.
Ginger (and cinnamon)
Fresh ginger has a wealth of benefits and is excellent for treating abdominal pain and digestive disorders. This solution is however not recommended for people with blood pressure problems because ginger lowers blood pressure and may counteract medication.
Wash, peel, and grate or chop the ginger. Boil 3 tablespoons of the chopped or grated ginger in 3 cups of boiling water then strain it. You can also add cinnamon to the boiling mix. Add honey and lemon to taste.
Turmeric works equally fast and is available in most kitchens. It has microbial and binding properties that help stop diarrhea fast. Mix a teaspoon of turmeric with honey and eat it. You can also boil it and drink it like tea with any combination of ginger and cinnamon with lemon and honey to taste.
Chamomile is commonly used to treating a wide range of issues including hemorrhoids, gastrointestinal conditions, ulcers, insomnia, menstrual issues, inflammation, and hay fever. You can also replace it with Green Tea to improve digestive function.
Activated charcoal though not as readily available as ginger, turmeric and cinnamon is a natural product that is incredibly effective in the treatment of diarrhea. It is available in most health foods stores and pharmacies. Activated charcoal works by absorbing the bad bacteria and microbes that are causing the problem. It helps relieve the nauseousness and intestinal gas that sometimes accompany diarrhea. It also helps bulk up the stool.
Carrots have an antiseptic property that is highly beneficial in this time. They also have a compound called pectin which lessens diarrhea symptoms. Just wash some carrots and boil them for 15 minutes then blend the softened carrots.
Foods to avoid
Dairy impairs your ability to digest lactose, a type of carbohydrate found in milk products. In fact, you could temporarily become lactose intolerant.
- Coffee and caffeinated drinks
- Sugary drinks and foods with artificial sweeteners
- Prune juice
- High-fat foods
- Greasy foods
- Spicy foods
- Foods with high levels of fructose
See you on the other side!