How To Treat Diarrhoea Naturally
Diarrhoea is when you are passing looser stools or passing stools more frequently than you normally do. It will affect everyone at some point, and normally this is nothing to worry about. That said, it can be unpleasant, and take a few weeks to completely pass.
Although there are so many different reasons as to why someone would have diarrhoea, the most common, in both adults and children is because of a bowel infection. Other common causes include; anxiety, a food allergy, or a long-term condition, such as irritable bowel syndrome.
Like we have said, it is usually nothing to worry about, and will either clear up on its own, or by using some of the natural remedies that are listed below; however it is important to note that you should stay at home until forty-eight hours after the last bought of diarrhoea, to prevent the spread of infection.
If you are at all concerned though, it is important to seek medical attention; particularly if you have blood in the stool; you are vomiting persistently; you have a severe or continuous stomach ache; you have experienced weight loss; you are showing signs of severe dehydration, including drowsiness, passing urine infrequently, or you are feeling lightheaded or dizzy; or your stool is dark or even black, as this can be a sign of bleeding inside of your stomach.
If you are not concerned though and are feeling well in yourself; here are just some of the best natural remedies that you can try at home.
As we have already mentioned, dehydration and diarrhoea can be very serious, so it is so important to stay hydrated. Infants should be fed as normal, with either breastmilk or formula, to ensure that they are getting all of the liquid that they require.
Do not be tempted to stop drinking in the hopes that this will make your diarrhoea pass quicker, as this can be very dangerous. Be sure that you are drinking plenty of water, rehydration sachets, or sports drink, as these will help to replenish lost nutrients. Avoid drinks like alcohol, milk soda, or caffeinated beverages, as these can actually make your symptoms worse.
Make sure you are eating the right things
Some food can make diarrhoea worse, so it is important that you are eating things that will help to alleviate your symptoms and not worsen them. Make sure you are sticking to low fibre food that will help to firm up the stools. These include; bananas, white rice, applesauce toast, oatmeal, boiled or baked potatoes with the skin removed, baked chicken with the skin removed and chicken soup.
Avoid anything that is fried or overly greasy, as well as high fibre foods. The main ones to avoid are; alcohol, artificial sweeteners, beans, berries, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, chickpeas, coffee, corn, ice cream, leafy green vegetables, peas, peppers, and prunes.
Make yourself fresh orange peel tea
Orange peel tea is a traditional natural remedy for diarrhoea, but a really effective one, as orange peel has been proven to stimulate digestion. It should be noted though that it is really important to use organic oranges in this, as non-organic ones might have dye and pesticides in the skin.
To make your tea, simply peel an orange and chop the peel finely. Place the peel in a pot, before covering with a pint of boiling water. Cover the pot tightly, and allow to steep, until the mixture has cooled. Strain, and then sweeten with honey if needed. Sip on this throughout the day to help keep symptoms at bay.
Drink chamomile tea
If orange peel tea does not sound like your type of thing, why not choose chamomile tea. This is an incredibly gentle tea, which is known for its relaxation powers and can also calm bouts of diarrhoea.
It will help to reduce the inflammation, as well as ease the intestinal spasms, which will make it all a lot easier and more comfortable for you to deal with.
Honey really is the wonderful ingredient that should be kept in all cupboards. It has wonderful healing abilities, and it is a well-used cure for diarrhoea in many different cultures.
To use honey effectively as a diarrhoea treatment, simply mix four tablespoons of honey into a cup of hot water. Let this cool, before drinking. Because it is so sweet, you might feel like it is going to be counterproductive, but it is actually a very effective remedy.
Try sipping on some vinegar water
Apple cider vinegar, is again, often used in natural remedy treatments, but can be a very effective solution to diarrhoea, if a bacterial infection is a cause. This is because apple cider vinegar has some great antibiotic properties, as well as pectin, which will also help to soothe the intestinal spasms that are associated with a stomach bug.
Drink some buttermilk
Although we have said to try and avoid cows milk as this can make diarrhoea worse, many different cultures actually swear by drinking buttermilk as an effective remedy.
If you are experiencing diarrhoea, try mixing one-half teaspoon of dry ginger into one cup of buttermilk and drink it three to four times a day to help improve symptoms.
Drink some caraway tea
Finally, if you are experiencing pain and intestinal spasms and discomfort that more often than not accompanies a bought of diarrhoea, try sipping on some homemade caraway tea.
You can make this easily at home, by adding a teaspoon of caraway seeds to a cup of boiling water, before covering and letting it steep for fifteen minutes. The mixture should then be strained thoroughly through a fine sieve before serving. This can be drunk as often as required for you to see an improvement in your symptoms.