Diarrhea can stem from a variety of causes. These range from viruses to the side effects of certain medications. Here are a few natural remedies to help with this problem.
Certain antibiotic medications can remove bacteria called probiotics that are actually beneficial to your digestive system. When this happens, it creates an internal imbalance than can result in diarrhea. Yogurt with live cultures, which are essentially friendly bacteria, contain probiotics that can replace what was destroyed in the digestive system.
Probiotics are also available in supplements, and can help re-establish the normal bacterial flora in the intestines.
A live yeast called Saccharomyces boulardii is used in Europe to fight diarrhea stemming from antibiotics. However, anyone considering using them is cautioned to consult with a doctor as well.
Drinking two quarts of fluids each days while afflicted with diarrhea can help the body replace minerals such as sodium and potassium. Sources advise consuming three quarts if you are running a fever. Fruit juices, sports drinks and other drinks that can replace electrolytes are strongly recommended by certain sources – others advise caution with fruit juice due to the high fructose content. Drinking regular water, while it won’t replenish electrolytes, can be easier on the stomach and replace fluids.
Stay away from drinks like prune juice and apple juice that have a laxative effect. Apple sauce, however, contains pectin – a fiber that absorbs excess fluid in the intestines.
Ground psyllium can also absorb excess intestinal fluid.
Chamomile has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties that may fight abdominal cramping and intestinal inflammation. During a 2009 study, researchers discovered the herb could reduce the growth of Campylobacter jejuni – a bacteria that causes severe diarrhea. Drinking three cups a day of chamomile tea may reduce diarrhea symptoms.
Traditional Remedies for Diarrhea
Tea made from chopped orange peel is considered a traditional remedy for diarrhea. It is recommended that sufferers use organic oranges due to the possibility of pesticides on other orange peels.
Another traditional remedy is blueberry root. Another one is soup made from dried blueberries, which contain anthocyanosides – these can fight bacteria and contain tannins, which work against diarrhea. Raspberry tea has similar effects.
Black tea also contains tannins.
While fried foods should be avoided, foods containing starch can help calm your stomach. Potatoes, cooked white rice and tapioca cereals can all prove beneficial, although extra salt or sugar should be avoided. Certain vegetables such as carrots can help as well.
Carrots, like apple sauce, are also a source of pectins. Vegetables such as beans, cabbage and Brussels sprouts should be avoided due to high roughage content, which makes them difficult to digest. Oatmeal should be avoided during a bout with diarrhea due to the high fiber.
Probably the most famous remedy for diarrhea are bananas. Bananas are a rich source of potassium and easy to digest. When combined with a diet that includes brown rice and the right fluids, it can clean out the bowels while replenishing the body.
Note: If your diarrhea is combined with vomiting and fever, or you continue to worsen see your doctor. For Mayo Clinic advise on when to see your doctor or go to the hospital, click HERE.