How to treat Diarrhea at home


Loose motions or Diarrhea is one of the most common ailments across every age group – from infants and mothers to the elderly. Diarrhea is a digestive problem that causes loose, watery bowel movements. It can be uncomfortable for a few hours or days, after which the symptoms should improve. In some instances, they last longer. Diarrhea is the frequent passage of watery or loose stools across irregular intervals. There are many possible causes of Diarrhea. These include allergies, food poisoning, infections and stress.  As such, Diarrhea is merely a symptom of one of many possible causes. Diarrhea is often your body’s way of dealing with disruptions in your gastrointestinal system. Acute diarrhea lasts less than 2 weeks and can come from many sources, such as:

  • a viral infection
  • a bacterial infection
  • food poisoning
  • recent antibiotic use
  • water contaminated with an infectious agent

If you have diarrhea that lasts for a long time or is accompanied by a fever, severe pain or bleeding, you should seek medical care, but for less severe, passing diarrhea, there are plenty of things you can do at home that will see you through the unpleasant episode.

There are a couple of different things that cause diarrhea. Contaminated water and food, parasites, viruses, food allergies, strong medicines, and incorrect colon functions can cause diarrhea. It can also come as a side effect of a recent stomach surgery.

Home remedies for Diarrhea

  1. Probiotic Foods:

One of the most well-known and effective foods containing probiotics is yogurt. Yogurt is abundant in probiotic rich strains of bacteria which help combat the infective bacteria in your digestive tract that causes diarrhea. The good bacteria that live in your intestinal tract are necessary for the normal functioning of your gastrointestinal system. They play an important role in protecting your intestines against infection. Other foods that contain probiotics include some juices and soy drinks, sauerkraut, miso, and some pickles. Some people claim they’ve found diarrhea relief by taking digestive enzymes or glutamine powder, though there’s little evidence to support this.

  1. Potassium Rich Foods:

Fruits and Vegetables such as bananas and potatoes are high in potassium. They also contain pectin – a water-soluble fiber that helps to absorb excess water in the intestines. In addition to this, bananas contain important electrolytes that your body loses if suffering from loose motions. They also provide your dehydrated and tired body with much-needed energy.

Eat a ripe banana every two hours. If you prefer something slightly more savory, you can mash a banana and have it with rock salt or have mashed potatoes with chives.

  1. Drink Tea:

Some people swear by chamomile tea as a simple remedy for diarrhea, but the evidence is spotty. One study did find that a combination of chamomile flower extract, myrrh (a tree resin) and coffee charcoal helped with acute diarrhea.

  1. Citrus Fruits:

Citrus rich foods such as lemon, gooseberry, grapefruit and sweet lime, help to clean out the toxins that accumulate in your body if you are suffering from diarrhoea. You can eat citrus fruits throughout the day. However, make sure that you don’t eat them on an empty stomach or at night. If you do, it can lead to excess irritation and bloating.

  1. Re hydrating:

Hydrating the body is essential to recovering from diarrhea. Diarrhea causes a deficit of fluids, including water. This causes the body to lose electrolytes such as sodium and chloride. To support recovery, it is vital to restore fluids. Drinking water is the first step to re hydrating. A person can also to create an oral re hydration solution by mixing 1 liter of water with half a teaspoon of salt and 6 teaspoons of sugar. Consuming sugar and salt with water helps the intestines to absorb fluids more efficiently. This solution more effectively rehydrates the body after a bout of diarrhea than water alone. Studies have shown that for adults with mild symptoms of diarrhea, sports drinks and over-the-counter rehydration solutions are equally effective.

Alcohol, milk, soda and other carbonated or caffeinated drinks should not be used for hydration, as they may make your symptoms worse.

  1. Eating recovery food:

A diet of small, frequent meals can be better than eating three larger meals a day when recovering from diarrhea. While it might sound counter intuitive to eat if you have diarrhea, eating certain foods can help alleviate your diarrhea symptoms and ensure your health doesn’t worsen from not eating. Stick to low-fiber BRAT  foods that will help firm up your stool. These include:

  • bananas
  • rice (white)
  • applesauce
  • toast

A good diet for someone with diarrhea may involve:

  • foods rich in pectin, such as fruit
  • foods high in potassium, such as potatoes and sweet potatoes
  • foods with electrolytes, such as miso soup and sports drinks
  • cooked, soft vegetables
  • adequate amounts of protein
  1. Avoid Exercise:

Your workouts, especially strenuous ones, could dehydrate you even more. This is not the time to start training for a marathon; You can do daily activities, but don’t expend a lot of extra calories.”  It’s a good idea to avoid high-fiber, gas-producing foods like beans and fruit before a run and to drink plenty of fluids during your run if you’re prone to runner’s diarrhea. Since dehydration is the thing to avoid when it comes to diarrhea, it might not be a bad idea to skip the workouts until this passes on by. Working out can make you sweat, and the sweat can dehydrate you more than diarrhea already is.

  1. Try Ginger:

People have turned to ginger for thousands of years as a remedy for all kinds of stomach problems, but it’s probably more effective in treating nausea  than diarrhea. It’s commonly used in food, tea and supplement form to alleviate motion sickness, pregnancy-related queasiness, and nausea after surgery or chemotherapy. Ginger is good medicine if you have an upset stomach. Try to add ginger teas or using the root as a seasoning in your cooking. You should be careful that you do not have too much of the ginger in one go because too much of the root can make diarrhea worse than it is, to begin with.

  1. Honey Tea:

Honey has almost countless health benefits for the body, and one of them is stopping diarrhea. With all of the anti-inflammation and antioxidants in honey, in addition, the different health pluses, it is not much of a shock that honey should help with diarrhea. Most teas should be avoided when you are dealing with diarrhea, but there are two or three kinds of tea that people swear by for getting rid of diarrhea. The first is lemongrass. Lemongrass tea calms your stomach down and can help to ease the cramping.

  1. Buttermilk:

Drink a glass of buttermilk with a half teaspoon of dry ginger three times a day. Some people swear this helps, some people disagree. Perhaps it works because of the ginger or perhaps it works as a placebo? There has to be a point in trying it if it has helped someone, right?.

Hope this Symptoms and cure article will be helpful to all. Do not forget to share your valuable suggestions if any.

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