Remedies for Diarrhea

by on December 22, 2011

Natural Remedies for Diarrhea      

             The average person suffers diarrhea at least twice in a year. Caused by a lot of factors, diarrhea is the body’s natural response to a gastric irritant, a bacterial infection, a viral infection or a parasitic infection. The frequent defecation of watery stool is your body trying to flush out the bad stuff inside it. And if it doesn’t go away on its own (which it usually does) then there are natural home treatments you can use to take care of it.

What is diarrhea?

Diarrhea is the body’s natural way of expelling certain toxins that our bodies consider dangerous for us. We could’ve ingested something that our body considers a threat like spoiled or dirty food, and our body reacts by speeding up our gastrointestinal functions. Some food and drink can also be considered gastric irritants like chili peppers and beans, which cause our body to speed up digestion and cause diarrhea.

Diarrhea could also be an indication of some other disease such as a parasitic, viral or bacterial infection. Some medication prescribed by your doctor can also have diarrhea as a side effect. Diarrhea that lasts more than two days can cause dehydration; a very serious problem that will need immediate medical attention.

Symptoms of diarrhea

            Stool is normally solid and formed. But when it comes out as watery, it’s already considered diarrhea. Other symptoms of diarrhea include:

  • Fever
  • Frequent defecation (more than 3-4 times in a day)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Cold sweats
  • Weight loss
  • Excessive thirst

How to prevent diarrhea

            Making sure that what you eat and drink was prepared in a hygienic manner is very important in making sure you don’t suffer diseases, including diarrhea. A bit of moderation on food and beverages that’s considered “heavy” to our digestive tract like dairy products, oily food, spicy food and alcohol is also a good way of preventing diarrhea.

Home remedies for diarrhea

Diarrhea usually goes away on its own when the body considers that it has done its job in expelling what could be potentially dangerous to our body. Natural remedies often work best for this condition since it’s one of the body’s natural responses to whatever it considers a threat to itself.

Blackberry tea is a good way to treat mild diarrhea. For severe diarrhea, activated charcoal tablets work best in relieving diarrhea. It neutralizes toxins that you might have ingested and relieves stomach upset.

Boil some brown rice and water for 45 minutes to an hour and eat it. This will help ease digestion and neutralize the acidity that diarrhea causes at the same time.

Good bacteria such as lactobacillus acidophilus and lactobacillus casei will help your digestion a lot, since its natural digestive balance has been compromised by the diarrhea.

A lot of rest and fluids should help your body recover from diarrhea in no time. However, if the diarrhea continues for more than two days and the natural cures aren’t helping, it’s best to seek medical attention. Diarrhea might be a natural occurrence of the body, but its real cause and the side effects are what we’re looking out for. See a doctor immediately if diarrhea persists.

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