When stools get liquefied and loose consistency, one is bound to suffer from diarrhea. This is the most effective way by which the body gets rid of all unwanted or harmful substances. Diarrhea is usually accompanied by symptoms of stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, dehydration and thirst.
Diarrhea may be unpleasant and uncomfortable to manage, but it is not a serious concern, for otherwise healthy individuals. In case, diarrhea gets chronic or occurs in chronically ill, old, very young or weak people, it is time for worry. One needs to be careful with regard to fluids intake, to avoid this condition and prevent it, from becoming complicated.
Natural Cures For Diarrhea
Keep Yourself Hydrated
One looses fluids and electrolytes, which are both crucial for running body’s daily needs, during diarrhea. Make sure to intake lots of fluids in form of fresh drinking water, fruit juices (except prune and apple), soda pop, Gatorade and light tea (with minimal sugar and milk).
Even WHO recommended, ready to use electrolyte formula can be used as these are prepared with minerals and fluids in the right proportions. Intake liquids in cool form so that it is less troublesome and take small sips of it rather than gulping down liquids in one shot.
Consume more of starchy foods like potatoes, cereals, cooked carrots and precooked rice as these help to comfort the tummy that is affected by diarrhea troubles. Be careful of not adding excess salt or sugar as these worsen diarrhea. But, avoid French fries and more fried foods that may ache or aggravate diarrhea. Starchy foods rich in fibers should also be avoided like oatmeal as high fiber is not good in diarrhea. Steer clear of high fiber and greasy foods, during diarrhea as these are hard for intestine to digest, during illness.
Usage of fenugreek seeds have proven to be beneficial for digestion and recovering from diarrhea in adults, but safety in children is not completely established so far. Mix a half teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in water and drink it.
Yogurt And Probiotics
Include yogurt with live cultures of good bacteria that will protect intestine from harmful effects of diarrhea. Lactic acid from yogurt kills away the troublesome bacteria.
Probiotics are nothing, but source of friendly bacteria that aids in proper digestion, healthy stool formation and eradicates diarrhea completely. Take these daily till the situation improves completely.
Avoid Dairy Products
Dairy products, except curd or yogurt are complete no during diarrhea and even a few weeks post recovery of diarrhea. Milk and milk products get digested within the small intestine, which gets affected in diarrhea and hence, no more able to digest milk products at all.
Ginger Root Tea
Make use of fresh ginger root and prepare tea as it is helpful in treating many digestive problems, including diarrhea.
Green bananas are known to be helpful as they improve digestion and slow down elimination.
Blueberry root has been beneficial since ages for treating diarrhea. A soup of dried blueberries is a common remedy in Sweden, for all tummy related problems like diarrhea.
Blueberries are potent antioxidant and loaded with anthocyanosides, tannins and antibacterial properties that combat diarrhea.
Avoid Sugar And Caffeine
Caffeine stimulates the nervous system and gives a jump start to the intestine. But, this should never happen during diarrhea, when intestine are not able to work efficiently. Even high sugar consumption increases diarrhea, so all sugary foods and even fruits need to be fully avoided.
Take Extra Rest
During chronic diarrhea, the body exhausts a lot and need more rest and sleep to get recover fast. Take complete rest and sip lukewarm broth, with a little salt to comfort the tummy and enrich yourself with electrolytes. Putting a heating pad around the belly also helps to get relief from abdominal cramps.
Intestine inflammation is healed using chamomile as it offer anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. Either steep one teaspoon each of chamomile flowers and peppermint leaves, in boiling water for 15 minutes or get packaged chamomile tea bags. Drink chamomile tea three cups in a day. Moreover, tannins in the black tea are loaded with anti diarrheal effects.
These well tested natural solutions are easily available to everyone, to reduce discomfort and severity of diarrhea fast and effectively. For chronic or long lasting diarrhea that stays for weeks and repeatedly happens, it could be more serious situation than one may be able to decipher. Do visit doctor and get it analyzed, to rule out possibilities of food poisoning or irritable bowel syndrome.
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