Diarrhea is uncomfortable and embarrassing, and can lead to severe dehydration if not careful. It can be a result of viral infections, bacterial infections, food intolerance, IBS, and more. Because it is not only uncomfortable but can also be dangerous, it is important to address diarrhea as quickly as possible.
There’s a reason why we drink ginger ale when we have the flu: it helps relieve cramps and abdominal pain that so often accompany diarrhea. You can consume a small amount of grated ginger with a teaspoon of honey, or make a ginger root tea and drink 2-3 times per day.
2. Black Seed
Black seed is helpful with gas, constipation, and diarrhea. You can mix in one teaspoon of black seed oil into a cup of plain yogurt and eat this two times every day.
Yogurt with live bacterial cultures (i.e. organic, if possible, or at least not laden with added sugars) is an excellent remedy for bacteria. The live cultures in plain yogurt help restore the natural balance between good and bad bacteria in your gut. When suffering from diarrhea, aim for 3-4 cups of plain yogurt per day.
4. Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek seeds are able to help things reach a more solid state and thus reduce your diarrhea. Combine one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds into your yogurt and eat up.
Bananas, especially ripe ones, contain high amounts of pectin, which is a fiber source that will help reduce diarrhea. The potassium in bananas will also help the body recover lost electrolytes. Aim for 2 bananas per day while suffering from diarrhea.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is effective in helping the body fight the bug that is causing the diarrhea in the first place. Simply add one teaspoon of ACV into a glass of water, mix well, and drink up. You can drink this two times every day until symptoms subside.
Another great source of pectin, carrots are most effective when made into a juice or puree. Just cook the carrots until very soft and then toss in the blender with a little bit of water for an easy puree. Eat as needed, but no more than ½ cup per hour.
8. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea significantly helps not only with diarrhea, but also with stomach cramps. Make yourself a nice cup of chamomile tea and drink 2-3 times per day. If you don’t have chamomile flowers or tea handy, you can opt for green tea instead.
Goldenseal is capable of killing many of the bacteria that cause diarrhea, such as E. coli. Berberine is the active compound in this herb. Take 2-3 capsules of dried goldenseal daily to kill off bacteria in the stomach.
Ground psyllium seeds contain a lot of fiber that makes the stool bulkier by soaking up excess fluid in the intestine. Take 2-3 tablespoons mixed in water each day to help absorb excess water and thus solidify the stool.
Blackberries rich in tannin are a long-standing folk remedy for diarrhea. Make a tea by boiling dried blackberry leaves or 2 tablespoons of blackberries in 1 ½ cups of water for 10 minutes, then strain. Consume 2-4 cups daily until the diarrhea subsides.
Suffering from diarrhea can be exhausting and frustrating. You can speed up your recovery significantly be incorporating some of these natural remedies into your day until all symptoms are gone. Be sure to avoid tomato juice, beans, cabbage, brussel sprouts, and citrus when suffering from diarrhea.
Make sure you are drinking clear liquids, such as coconut water, clear broths, and homemade ginger ale. Also be sure to drink at least 8 glasses of pure water every day.