In diarrhea, there is a frequent passing of loose or watery feces which may be accompanied by abdominal cramps, bloating, vomiting, and a headache. If the problem continues, it can lead to dehydration due to loss of large amounts of fluids and salts from body. Diarrhea is normally caused by bacteria or viruses found in infected food or transmitted from one person to another. In addition, some drugs, such as antibiotics, can cause short-term diarrhea. Indigestion, nervousness, or eating some wrong food or food combination can also create diarrhea. An episode of diarrhea normally clears up within a few days, but ongoing or recurrent diarrhea can indicate an underlying bowel condition.
- Frequent, loose, watery stools.
- Stomach cramps.
- Bloating and flatulence.
- Loss of appetite.
- smelling stools.
- Blood in the stool.
Home Remedies for Diarrhea
- It is best to let diarrhea run its course because it is the body’s way of eliminating infection.
- ORS: Try taking ORS (oral rehydration solution) – Add one teaspoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of lime juice, and a pinch of salt in a glass of water and sip this solution throughout the day to prevent dehydration.
- Banana: Eat ripe bananas which help to build up the body’s healthy bacteria, which will prevent further infection.
- Yogurt: Take equal parts of yogurt and water; add about 1/8 tsp of fresh grated ginger and drink.
- Fennel and ginger: For acute diarrhea, mix 1/2 teaspoon fennel powder with 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder, and chew this mixture 2 or 3 times a day.
- Ginger: Take 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder with one teaspoon of raw natural sugar. Or Take 500 mg in capsule form and/or 1-2 cups ginger tea a day. Ginger decreases intestinal inflammation.
- Marshmallow root: Take 500mg of marshmallow root in capsule form three times a day. Marshmallow root is soothing to the digestive tract.
- Slippery elm: Drink 3 cups of slippery elm tea everyday, or take 500mg in capsule form for its soothing effect on intestines.
- Rasberry: Drink red rasberry tea. To make rasberry tea, add 1-2 tsp of dried leaf in a cup of hot water. Let it steep for 10 minutes, then sweeten to taste. Red rasberry has traditionally been used to relieve symptoms of diarrhea.
Do’s for Diarrhea
- Stay hydrated. Drink at least 8 glasses a day of clear liquid such as water, thin soups.
- Drink black tea as it natural antidiarrheal.
- Take few tablespoon of carob powder in water. This has shown to reduce the duration of diarrhea.
- Take probiotic product such as yogurt to help with digestion and fight infection.
- Wash your hands thoroughly to prevent the spread of infection.
Don’ts for Diarrhea
- Avoid tea, coffee, and cola, dairy products, alcohol, and fatty and spicy foods during diarrhea and for few days after it has cleared up.
- Avoid raw, fibrous, greasy, and cold foods. Also avoid the foods that are difficult to digest such as beans, soy.
- Avoid magnesium and vitamin C during active episodes of diarrhea.
- Noticed blood or mucus in feces.
- Have severe pain in abdomen and vomiting.
- No improvement in 24-48 hours.