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Home Remedy: How to Get Rid of Diarrhea Naturally

Unfortunately, everyone will suffer from some form of diarrhea at some point in their lives. 

Diarrhea can be acute or chronic (constant diarrhea) and leave us feeling weak, drained, and sometimes even embarrassed.

When you have diarrhea, your stools are very loose and watery and you may also experience abdominal pain and nausea with it.

You may have to use the bathroom more frequently during the day. Acute diarrhea comes on suddenly but goes away after a few days.

Diarrhea is caused because your digestive system isn’t working properly. Some of the reasons for experiencing an upset stomach are:
Lack of Water Causes Dehydration 

  • Viral or bacterial infections
  • Food poisoning
  • Taking antibiotics
  • Anxiety and/or stress

Usually, a bout of diarrhea that has been caused by one or more of these symptoms will only last a few days. However, sometimes diarrhea can last for many weeks and it can be a sign of a more serious digestive disorder.

Dr. Thomas Lamont, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, says that chronic diarrhea is when a person has three or more loose stools per day for at least 4 weeks.1 The reasons for chronic diarrhea can be:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Food intolerance
  • Intestinal infections

Let’s have a look at what you can do to treat diarrhea if it comes on suddenly. There are many natural, home remedies to relieve the symptoms of diarrhea and get rid of it quicker.

How to get rid of diarrhea
Most cases of acute diarrhea will clear up within a few days. However, there are some foods and natural supplements that you can take to help you cure diarrhea naturally. Foods to eat when you have diarrhea

Yogurt is a great food to help you get rid of diarrhea. Make sure that your yogurt is natural without artificial sweeteners and flavorings and that it contains live active cultures (probiotics) like lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium. These bacteria help to restore balance to your gut.

You can tell if the yogurt has these bacteria because usually it will be mentioned on the packaging or be called “live yogurt” or “yogurt with live & active cultures.”

Eating yogurt is especially important if your diarrhea is a result of taking antibiotics. Other studies into the effects of probiotics have shown that they are effective in treating and preventing diarrhea that connected with viral infections like the rota virus.

Ginger has been used for centuries to provide relief from gastrointestinal problems and it’s also an excellent natural remedy for diarrhea. Ginger is a wonderful natural ingredient which helps to reduce stomach cramps. It also contains flavonoids which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

To use ginger as a home remedy for diarrhea, you can make a cup of delicious ginger tea. All you have to do is slice a small piece of ginger and add it to a cup of water. Boil the water in a pan for a few minutes and strain the ginger tea into a cup.

Bananas and foods containing soluble fiber
Bananas have many health benefits, and are another natural ingredient that can help you get rid of diarrhea faster.

This is because bananas contain pectin, a soluble fiber which is good for the digestion.

Many people associate fiber with making stools looser and helping them to move through the digestive system. So, foods containing soluble fiber can help to stop diarrhea. Other foods containing soluble fiber which can be good if you have diarrhea are:

  • Oats
  • Peas
  • Apples
  • Citrus fruits
  • Barley
  • Carrots

One of the most serious complications of diarrhea, especially in babies, children and the elderly, is dehydration which can have adverse effect on the body.

When we have diarrhea we lose, not only a lot of water, but also essential minerals and salts from the body. Therefore, it is important to drink plenty of fluids. After each bout of diarrhea, it is good to drink a glass of water.

If diarrhea lasts for more than 3 days in children and the elderly and 5 days in adults, you should see a doctor. - Online Sources 

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