Diarrhea is loose, watery stools that often occurs more than two times a day. Diarrhea could lead to dehydration as the body often lose a lot of fluids and electrolytes due to increased frequency of stooling. Dehydration could be a serious issue especially if you have a weakened immune system.
Acute diarrhea usually lasts for a day or two. Then, it goes away. However, chronic diarrhea lasting more than a few days could be a symptom of a chronic disease. Traveler’s diarrhea could occur if you travel a lot to developing countries and consume contaminated water or food.
Common causes of diarrhea include; viruses such as rotavirus or norovirus, bacteria from contaminated food, parasites in contaminated foods, food intolerance (such as lactose intolerance), drugs (such as antacids, antibiotics, and cancer drugs), and diseases that affect the digestive tract or colon (such as Crohn’s disease).
Symptoms that accompany diarrhea include; uncontrolled need to use the toilet, stomach cramps/pain, and involuntary bowel movement.
Here are some good practices and tips, to consider, in order to prevent diarrhea;
- Do not eat unwashed fruits and vegetables.
- Make sure your meals are properly cooked to minimize the risk of infection.
- Boil tap water, or use iodine tablets, before using it.
- If you use water purification systems, ensure you carry out the recommended scheduled cleaning and maintenance on them.
- Avoid eating foods from street vendors.
Below are 31 home remedies and natural treatments for diarrhea;
Ginger can greatly help in improving the digestive system thereby relieving the symptoms of diarrhea. Ginger could reduce abdominal pain and cramps associated with diarrhea in a safe and natural way.
Take a small piece of ginger and grate it. Mix it with honey and consume it. Avoid drinking water just after consuming the ginger. Another way to relieve diarrhea is to drink ginger tea by adding a slice of freshly cut ginger in a cup of hot water and boil it for a few minutes. Add some honey sip this tea, 3 times a day, to improve your digestion.
Yogurt, with live culture, would deliver great benefits when you are dealing with diarrhea. Yogurt helps in increasing the number of good gut bacteria that eliminates the cause of diarrhea and relieve the symptoms. It also assists in generating the lactic acid that removes the bacterial toxins from the gut and provides a faster relief. Consume fresh yogurt several times a day until you see improvements. You can consume it with your meals or make a smoothie with it.
The soothing action of chamomile is beneficial for treating diarrhea. The high amount of tannins present in chamomile makes it easier to deal with diarrhea naturally. It promotes healing thereby reducing associated pain and discomfort.
Pour some hot boiling water in a cup and add some dried chamomile flowers. Also, add a few peppermint leaves and let it steep for 12-15 minutes. Strain it and drink the tea 2-3 times daily until the problem subsides.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
The acidic nature of the apple cider vinegar is helpful in eliminating the harmful bacteria from the gut and ease diarrhea. ACV also aids in maintaining the pH of the stomach and promotes better digestion. Fill a glass with water and add a teaspoon of ACV to it. Mix well and drink it 1-2 times every day for a fast and effective action against diarrhea.
Banana is yet another great food to eat when you are dealing with diarrhea. Bananas contain a high amount of pectins which helps in absorbing the excess liquid in the intestines and relieve diarrhea. Banana also replenishes the electrolytes lost due to an increased bowel movement.
Peel and mash a banana in a bowl and add a teaspoon of tamarind juice and a pinch of salt for taste. Eat it 2 times in a day to get rid of diarrhea symptoms. Alternatively, you may simply eat 1 or 2 bananas in your breakfast.
6. Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek seeds have high mucilage content that helps in treating diarrhea in a natural and effective way. Fenugreek seed also helps in bulking up the stools and prevent loss of water from the body due to diarrhea. Avoid using fenugreek seeds to treat chronic or acute diarrhea in small children.
Simply take 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds and swallow it with a tablespoon of plain yogurt. You may also make another remedy by adding 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds with one tablespoon of cumin seeds (roasted) to 2 tablespoons of plain unsweetened yogurt and eat it 2-3 times in a day.
Blueberries are helpful in treating diarrhea effectively. Blueberries contain pectins that ease diarrhea symptoms in a natural manner. Blueberries also contain a compound called anthocyanosides that kill the harmful bacteria in the gut. The high quantity of antioxidants, present in blueberries, promotes healing and cures diarrhea.
Take a few dried blueberries and chew it several times during the day to improve your digestion. Alternatively, make a tea by crushing dried blueberries and adding it to a cup of hot water. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes, strain and drink it a few times in a day.
8. Soy Milk
Dairy products are not recommended when you have a compromised digestive system. They may worsen your condition. However, soy milk is considered to be beneficial for the gut as it helps in improving the digestion and relieve diarrhea symptoms. Soy milk also promotes bone health and should be consumed on a regular basis. Simply drink a cup of soy milk to relieve the symptoms. It can be given to children if they are not allergic to it.
9. Coconut Water
Coconut water would help in replenishing the lost electrolytes during bowel movements when you are dealing with diarrhea. It also improves blood circulation that may promote healing and help you recover fast. Obtain fresh coconut water and drink it 2 times in a day to effectively get rid of dehydration caused due to diarrhea.
The compound bromelain, found in pineapple, is great for fighting the infection that causes diarrhea. Pineapple also boosts your body with vitamin C that strengthens the immune system and promotes recovery from diarrhea symptoms in a fast and effective way. Peel and chop pineapples. Eat a cup of it two times in a day to alleviate the condition naturally.
11. Rice Water
Rice water contains a huge amount of starch which can relieve diarrhea in an incredible way. This remedy is easy to make and is safe for small children. The starch helps the body to retain fluids and electrolytes thereby relieving the condition. It also relieves inflammation of the gut and promotes healing. Take 3 cups of water and 1/2 cup of brown rice and bring it to boil. Simmer for 30-14 minutes and strain the rice water. Pour it into a cup and drink it several times a day. The rice water can be refrigerated for later use.
12. Olive Oil
The oleic acid, present in olive oil, is beneficial for curing diarrhea. It slows down the digestion and helps in alleviating the symptoms. Consume 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil in the morning (on an empty stomach) and 1 tbsp during the day before your meal.
13. Orange Peels Tea
Orange peels contain a huge amount of pectin that may relieve diarrhea in an excellent way. Sipping the tea reduces dehydration too. Take 1/2 cup of boiling water and add 2 tbsp of chopped orange peels. When cool, add a little lemon and honey to taste and sip it several times a day to reap the benefits.
Pumkin contains soluble fibers that aids in bulking the stools and provide relief from diarrhea. It also contains potassium beneficial in treating the symptoms. Eat a cup of canned or fresh pumpkin twice daily for 2-3 days for effective results.
Raw garlic kills the diarrhea-causing bacteria in the gut and promotes healing in its own unique way. It also relieves pain and abdominal cramps associated with diarrhea. Consume 5 grams of fresh raw garlic each day until the ailment subsides. You may also add it to your food to effectively reduce diarrhea.
The soluble fibers in oatmeal make it an excellent food to consume when dealing with diarrhea. Oatmeal also helps in retaining fluids while promoting digestion. Take a cup of oatmeal and add 1/2 cup of buttermilk to it. Mix well and consume it twice every day to reduce the symptoms.
If your diarrhea is due to intake of antibiotics that kill the good bacteria of the gut, kefir may help in providing some relief. Since it improves the beneficial gut bacteria, it helps in promoting better digestion and alleviate diarrhea. Consume a few cups of kefir yogurt 2-3 times during the day to treat the condition.
18. Peanut Butter
Peanut butter can be a tasty treat when you are suffering from diarrhea. Experts advice consuming little amounts of peanut butter to treat diarrhea and improve your digestive system. Spread some peanut butter on a toast and include it in your breakfast for a fast recovery. Make sure you are not allergic to peanuts before using it.
19. Green Tea
Green tea is known to be one of the best natural remedies for diarrhea caused due to Helicobacter pylori. The catechins found in the tea promotes healing while the antioxidants aids in the better functioning of the digestive system. Prepare a cup of green tea and drink it 2-3 times daily.
20. Jello Water
Jello water contains gelatin that hardens the stools and treats diarrhea. It also prevents dehydration while healing the digestive tract. Take about 2 cups of water and add jello powder according to the instructions mentioned on the pack. Dissolve it and drink the water before the gelatin sets.
21. Carrot Soup
The antiseptic properties of carrots are helpful in treating diarrhea. Besides, the high nutritional content of carrots makes it an excellent food to replenish the body with lost nutrients. Wash and dice some carrots and put it in a pan with water. Boil it for 15 minutes and strain it. Add salt to taste and consume this soup once every day several times in a week.
22. Black Seed Oil
Black seed oil is a great ingredient for dealing with digestive problems. It can relieve diarrhea, colic, intestinal worms, gas, and diarrhea. Black seed oil is also beneficial in treating high blood pressure, high cholesterol, irregular menstruation, and hemorrhoids. Take a glass of unsweetened yogurt and add 1 teaspoon of black seed oil to it. Consume it once every day to treat diarrhea in a simple and natural way.
23. Chicken Soup
Chicken soup is another great remedy to recover from diarrhea. It rehydrates the body while replenishing the lost nutrients. It also boosts energy levels and strengthens the body to fight better against the condition. Prepare some chicken soup and consume it once daily to treat diarrhea. Avoid eating chicken in fatty and oily dishes as it may aggravate your condition.
24. Pomegranate Juice
The phytochemicals present in pomegranate assists in improving the health of your digestive system and treats diarrhea. It is also beneficial for the health due to the antioxidants that have a healing effect on the body. Extract 3-4 cups of its juice and consume it every day until you start seeing improvements.
Potatoes are high in starch which are beneficial in curing diarrhea. Consuming them could also help in restoring the lost nutrients although avoid consuming oily dishes such as french fries or fried and spicy dishes. Eat boiled potatoes in your meals to incorporate more starch and heal your body fast.
26. Sapodilla Fruit
Sapodilla fruit is another incredible remedy for diarrhea. It has antimicrobial properties that help in relieving diarrhea symptoms. Sapodilla fruits also contain tannins which is beneficial for treating the condition. Take some water and add about 15 grams of sapodilla fruit and steam it. Strain it and drink the water two times in a day after your meals. Do this for 3-5 days to alleviate diarrhea.
27. Salt And Sugar
A solution made of salt and sugar will easily help in restoring the fluids and electrolytes that are lost due to bowel movements. It will keep you hydrated and promotes healing in a faster way. Take a glass of water and boil it. Let it cool to the room temperature and add a half teaspoon each of salt and sugar. Stir it until the ingredients are completely dissolved. Drink it several times in a day.
Flour can be effectively used to relieve the symptoms of diarrhea as it helps in thickening the stools and retains water and nutrients in the body. Take a cup of water and add some flour to it. Stir it to make a smooth consistency. Add some salt to enhance the taste and drink it to alleviate diarrhea.
29. BRAT Diet
It is important to avoid eating oily, spicy and diarrhea-causing foods. The BRAT diet helps in soothing the irritated stomach and intestines in an excellent way. It promotes healing and reduces diarrhea symptoms. BRAT diet consists of Bananas, Rice, Apple, and Toast. Have these in your meals until you are completely free from your stomach issues.
30. White Rice
Consuming plain white rice is also beneficial in curing diarrhea. It contains a huge amount of starch along with other nutrients such as iron, vitamins B1, and vitamin B2. Cook white rice and eat it in your meals to improve your digestion.
Guava has a healing effect on the digestive system and is an easy remedy to get rid of diarrhea. It can also be given to small children. Eat guava fruit in moderation during the day to reap the benefits. You may also make tea by boiling guava leaves with green tea and dried mandarin peels in water. Also, add a piece of ginger to it. Strain it and drink the tea several times in a day. Chewing guava leaves also helps in relieving diarrhea while keeping you hydrated.
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