If you’ve spent half of your day clutching your stomach and the other half in the toilet, then you need some sound tips to combat and overcome your diarrhea.
If you habitually maintain good personal and food hygiene, then the chances of pathogen-related diarrhea are slim for you. But, you cannot always control your environment and pathogens can still sometimes find their way into your body.
However, diarrhea is not always caused by pathogens. If some medications disagree with your body or if you are intolerant to certain kinds of foods like lactose, you may still develop diarrhea.
In most cases, diarrhea is really more of a symptom than a disease in itself. In diarrhea, the bowel movements become loose and watery. Medically, a person is said to be suffering from diarrhea when they have three or more loose stools in a day.
Diarrhea can lead to loss of electrolytes in the body, which in turn has effects varying from simple dizziness or fatigue to more serious issues like shock and coma.
- Natural Ways to Get Relief from Diarrhea
- Method 1: Use the BRAT Diet
- Method 2: Use an Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS)
- Method 3: Use Rice Water
- Method 4: Use Carrot Soup
- Method 5: Use Apple Cider Vinegar
- Method 6: Use Yogurt
- Method 7: Use Ginger and Honey Tea
- Method 8: Use Activated Charcoal
- Method 9: Use Turmeric with Warm Water
- Tips to get relief from diarrhea
Natural Ways to Get Relief from Diarrhea
While usually, a person may get well in two to four days, diarrhea can be potentially life-threatening if not taken care of. When dealing with diarrhea, your modus operandi should be primarily to keep yourself hydrated. Also, your meals should be easy on your stomach as well as nourishing.
Here we are providing you with nine fast relief home remedies to treat your diarrhea, which you can choose from depending upon your condition.
Method 1: Use the BRAT Diet
BRAT is an acronym for banana, rice, applesauce, and toast. The BRAT diet is considered good for a body weak with diarrhea as it includes foods that contain stool-binding fiber, allowing the body to recover. (5)
Bananas are a great source of potassium, fiber, and calories that provide energy to the weak body. Rice can easily cater to your daily requirement of carbohydrates. Unsweetened applesauce is a good source of pectin, which is good for binding the stool.
A single serving of applesauce can provide up to 80 percent of your daily allowance of vitamin C. Plain unbuttered toast may sound welcome to the taste buds of a sick person. It also supplies calories and carbohydrates to the body.
The BRAT diet should be coupled with a rehydrating regime like ORS or cereal soup for a full effect and to prevent dehydration in the body. It may be continued up to 24 hours after diarrhea subsides.
Method 2: Use an Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS)
Things you’ll need:
- Drinking water – 1 quart
- Sugar – 2 tablespoons
- Salt – ½ teaspoon
Mix the sugar and salt in the water
- Take 2 leveled tablespoons of sugar in a clean container.
- Add ½ leveled teaspoon of salt.
- Pour 1 quart of water to it.
- Stir well to dissolve the sugar and salt in the water completely.
- Take a sip of the solution every 2 to 5 minutes.
Your homemade ORS is ready.
Usually, diarrhea, whether or not it is accompanied by vomiting, results in loss of electrolytes in the body. The effect of loss of electrolytes varies from fatigue and dizziness to shock and coma. The main role of an ORS is to replenish the electrolytes and keep the body hydrated. (5)
This homemade ORS should be prepared and served as hygienically as possible to prevent further infection.
Infants should be fed the solution from a spoon. The ORS should be continuously consumed throughout the sickness period, even in the case of vomiting.
Method 3: Use Rice Water
- Take ½ cup of white rice.
- Add 1 quart of drinking water to it.
- Bring it to a boil.
- Let the rice simmer on low for about 20 minutes.
- Drain the rice, collecting the water.
- Season the rice water with a little salt.
- Let the rice water cool down before drinking it slowly.
This starchy rice water is replete with electrolytes, which makes it as effective in treating diarrhea as an ORS. (4) Drinking it throughout the day at the first sign of diarrhea can also help you nip the problem in the bud.
Method 4: Use Carrot Soup
Things you’ll need:
- Carrots, chopped – approximately 18 oz
- Water – a little over ½ cup
Step 1. Put carrots and water in a pan
- Pour a little more than ½ cup of water into a pan.
- Add the chopped carrots to it.
In order to prevent any additional infection, wash the carrots thoroughly before peeling or scraping their skins off. Chop the peeled carrots into small pieces.
Carrots contain pectin, a soluble fiber that helps soak up excess liquid in the gut. They also safely replenish the nutrients in a diarrhea-affected body. (6)
Step 2. Cook the carrots to mush
- Bring the carrots to a boil.
- Turn the heat down to a simmer.
- Cook the carrots to mush, so that you can easily mash them up in the pan with a wooden spoon.
This carrot soup is an ideal meal for a person sick with diarrhea. It also helps replenish the fluids in the body.
Step 3. Season with salt
- Season the carrot soup to your taste with salt.
- If you find the soup too bland, you may add a dash of pepper as well.
- To add a little color to the soup, add a sprig of cilantro or parsley before serving it.
Your carrot soup is ready. Eat the soup slowly, as scarfing it down may make you nauseous.
Carrot soup should be included in a daily meal when suffering from diarrhea.
Method 5: Use Apple Cider Vinegar
Things you’ll need:
- Apple cider vinegar – 1 to 2 tablespoons
- Drinking water – 1 glass (250 ml)
Add apple cider vinegar to water
- Take 1 glass of drinking water.
- Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to it.
- Mix it well.
- Drink this solution 3 times a day for relief.
Apple cider vinegar is good at reducing the number of pathogens responsible for diarrhea and also soothes the lining of the colon. It also helps ward against nausea, cramps, and spasms. (3)
Apple cider vinegar is considered beneficial in cleansing and maintaining the pH level of your gut.
Method 6: Use Yogurt
Plain unsweetened yogurt is a very effective home remedy for a diarrhea-ridden body. Yogurt contains probiotics, the good bacteria that protect your gut lining from harmful pathogens. The lactic acid present in yogurt also works to eliminate the pathogens. (1)
Consuming yogurt is a healthy and natural way to regulate the digestive tract without causing an imbalance in the body.
Consume 1 cup of yogurt twice a day, after meals for best results. If possible, opt for Greek yogurt as it contains a lot more probiotics than regular yogurt.
Method 7: Use Ginger and Honey Tea
Things you’ll need:
- Ginger, peeled and sliced – 1 to 2 inches
- Water – 1 cup
- Honey – ½ to 1 teaspoon
Step 1. Put ginger and water in a pan
- Peel 1 to 2 inches of raw ginger.
- Cut it into thin slices.
- Put the ginger slices and 1 cup of water in a pan.
Ginger is great for relieving gastric trouble and cramps due to diarrhea. It aids and regulates digestion as well, thus normalizing the consistency and frequency of the stool. (2)
Step 2. Bring the ginger to a boil
- Turn the heat on.
- Bring the ginger root to a boil.
- Let it simmer on low for 2 minutes.
Step 3. Strain the tea and add honey
- Strain the tea into a cup.
- Add a little honey, about ½ to 1 teaspoon and not more than that.
In moderate amounts, honey soothes the digestive tract and also helps clear the gut of harmful pathogens.
Slowly sip on the ginger and honey tea. Drink 1 cup of this tea a day to relieve symptoms associated with diarrhea.
Method 8: Use Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal has long been used as a remedy to cure digestive ailments. It works by binding the toxins, thus preventing them from being absorbed in the body. (7) It also prevents the liver from breaking down the toxins.
Activated charcoal can be taken orally to relieve the symptoms of diarrhea. It is a common over-the-counter product that you can easily get your hands on.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of charcoal powder in a glass of water.
- Consume this charcoal drink once a day.
- If it's in capsule form, take 4 capsules with water.
- For severe diarrhea, this remedy can be repeated every 2 to 4 hours.
Method 9: Use Turmeric with Warm Water
Things you’ll need:
- Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
- Warm water – 1 cup
Mix the turmeric in water
- Take 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder.
- Add 1 cup of warm water to it.
- Mix it thoroughly.
- Take the turmeric drink once a day for relief from diarrhea.
- If you find it unable to consume the bitter drink, try consuming the spice dry, washing it down with 1 cup of warm water.
Turmeric is antiseptic and helps relieve the digestive tract, (8) especially the intestines, from the trouble caused by bacteria and parasites. It also calms your stomach, sending you along the road of a speedy recovery.
Tips to get relief from diarrhea
- If your diarrhea persists after 3 days or if it is severe or accompanied by other symptoms like blood in the stool, visit your doctor immediately.
- New versions of the BRAT diet have also become popular: BRATY with a ‘Y’ for yogurt and BRATT with an additional ‘T’ for tea (plain and unsweetened).
- Honey and turmeric benefit a body ailing from diarrhea when consumed in small amounts. However, in copious amounts, they often end up worsening the situation. So stick to the prescribed dosage.
- Although turmeric powder (1 teaspoon) may also be taken with milk or yogurt, people with lactose intolerance should avoid dairy at all costs.
- Kefir, a fermented milk drink, is a good option for the lactose intolerant. Kefir is lactose-free but rich in probiotics that make it a good choice for people ailing with diarrhea.
- If you don’t have access to raw ginger root, dry ginger powder may also be used.
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