You might not believe me when I tell you this, but it’s worth a try. Did you know that a run in with diarrhea might just be good for you?
The reason you may have diarrhea is because you probably just ate something that your body is trying to get rid of such as a dangerous strain of bacteria or a parasite. Therefore, taking an over-the-counter or prescribed antidiarrheal medication might not be such a good idea. Instead, use a natural remedy for diarrhea. A home remedy for diarrhea might not necessarily stop it, but it would sooth your digestive tract, which will make the situation a little easier to deal with.
Alternative home and herbal remedies for diarrhea
Get soothing relief with slippery elm:
Slippery elm is an herb that is known to help soothe the inflamed and irritated lining of the colon, which aids in the calming of diarrhea. However, you’re going to have to use a large quantity of the herb to get the results that you’re seeking, but don’t worry, the herb is very safe.
The most effective way to use slippery elm is to open a few (preferably 3) 370 milligram capsules and mix the powder with water until it turns into a gel-like paste. When you’re done, take a tablespoon of the paste. In addition, depending on your taste, you can also mix the powder with apple sauce or mashed bananas. Apple sauce and mashed bananas are good for diarrhea as well. If you suffer with acute diarrhea, you may want to take triple the dose of what’s on the label.
Balance intestinal bacteria with probiotics:
Everyone’s colon is filled with good bacteria that help with the process of digestion. When you take a supplement containing these beneficial bacteria it is called a probiotic. These helpful bacteria can help with the normalization of the colon which in turn eases diarrhea.
To get the right effectiveness from this remedy, make sure you get the supplement that’s in the refrigerator of the store and that it contains no less than four billion units of the bacterium acidophilus.
The use of probiotics is also beneficial against what’s known as traveler’s diarrhea. To prevent traveler’s diarrhea, make sure you take the supplements a week prior and also during your time abroad.
Try taking colostrum:
Colostrum is a substance that’s milk-like in nature and it’s produced by female mammals shortly after giving birth. This substance is has a rich concentration of immune-supporting elements, which many natural health practitioners believe can help with the soothing of chronic and acute diarrhea. For best results, find the purified, non-allergenic, and concentrated form of cow colostrum. Make sure that you follow the recommended dosage on the label.
Try homeopathy to soothe the most crippling diarrhea:
People that are suffering from severe diarrhea can use a homeopathic remedy until they can eventually see a doctor. Phosphorous is the way to go if you’re having watery, burning stools and if you’re thirsty. In addition, you can use Veratrum if you’re diarrhea is violent and stools are loose with green mucus.
For each remedy, let two 6C potency tablets dissolve under your tongue every fifteen minutes until the diarrhea calms down.
Remove toxins with charcoal:
If your diarrhea is a result of food poisoning, activated charcoal is an excellent remedy to turn to. It works by binding up the diarrhea causing toxins that’s produced by bacteria out of the body. For diarrhea relief, take 4 to 6 250-milligram capsules every two hours until the symptoms subside.
If you travel outside of the United States, it would be a good idea to take some charcoal capsules with you just in case you develop traveler’s diarrhea.
However, if you take charcoal regularly over a period of time, it could increase the risk of gastrointestinal obstruction and it could interfere with the absorption of nutrients. In addition, if you’re taking other medications along with charcoal, it could interfere with the absorption of the medication. Therefore, you should take them at least two hour apart. If you abuse charcoal, which means taking it in extremely high doses, it could cause upset stomach, constipation, diarrhea, and vomiting.
If you suffer from chronic diarrhea – diarrhea that lasts for months, you should see your doctor as soon as possible so that he or she can ascertain the cause. However, you might want to mention that you’re interested in using home remedies if it’s possible. Many doctors are now embracing the fact that alternative remedies could be more beneficial to their patients than drug medications.
Add bulk to loose stools using fiber supplements:
Chronic diarrhea sufferers can see great results by taking fiber supplements alongside meals. Fiber helps to make stools firmer. To get proper results from fiber supplements, look for products that contain psyllium seeds, just make sure that they contain no dyes or fillers. Take 2 teaspoons with a glass of water or milk (preferably fat-free). Juice is also acceptable.
You might want to stay away from simple and complex carbohydrates:
Many chronic diarrhea sufferers do not have certain enzymes that allow them to break down disaccharides, which are double sugars that are simple carbohydrates.
Try to limit the amount of simple carbohydrates that you consume. Therefore, a low-disaccharide diet is in order. This type of diet will have eliminating or reducing consumption of lactose, sucrose, and maltose. In addition, you need to avoid sugar alcohols that are used as alternative sweeteners, such as sorbitol. Sorbitol has been linked to diarrhea and gas. You should also limit or eliminate starches such as breads and corn, pasta, and many other flour products.
If you stay away from or eliminate all of the aforementioned items for a few weeks, you’ll notice that your problem with diarrhea will subside or disappear. This diet will also help you zero in on the foods that have been causing you problems. Once you know what foods are problematic, it’s up to you to eliminate them from your diet.