Top 7 Home Remedies for Diarrheaadmin
Diarrhea is one of the worst and most common GIT symptoms. It is usually associated with watery stools, increase the frequency and urgency to go to the bathroom, abdominal pain, cramps, and bloating.If you have persistent diarrhea, you must go to the hospital. Here are the top 7 home remedies for mild diarrhea.
You must stay hydrated when you have diarrhea since dehydration due to diarrhea is very dangerous, especially in children and old adults. Studies show that kids suffering diarrhea should continue taking their formula or breastfeeding and older adults should try over-the-counter medications and sports drinks. (1, 2, 3, 4)
Probiotics are rich in useful bacteria making your digestive system healthier. You can find probiotics in green olives, beet kvass, aged soft cheeses, cottage cheese, kefir, pickles, and of course yogurt. When you increase your intake of probiotics, you restore the balance between the good organisms and any pathogens in your digestive system, which relieving diarrhea. (5, 6, 7)
4. Over-The-Counter Medications
There are some over-the-counter medications for acute diarrhea available on the market such as loperamide and bismuth subsalicylate. They can relieve your diarrhea and reduce its severity but they will not treat the underlying cause; that is why you need to consult your doctor first. (8, 9, 10)
4. Foods to Eat
Certain foods can lower your diarrheal symptoms and make things better for your digestive system. Studies show that it is normal to eat while having diarrhea but certain foods are better than others. The low-fiber foods are the best including bananas, white rice, applesauce, and toast. (11, 12, 13)
3. Foods to Avoid
You should avoid any foods that upset your digestive system while having diarrhea. This includes high-fiber foods such as bran, bloating-inducing fruits and vegetables, fried foods, and greasy foods. Also, alcohol should be avoided completely. (14, 15, 16)
Ginger has been used for years as a traditional treatment for digestive problems including bloating, nausea, and diarrhea. Ginger can be added to your meals to relieve your symptoms. However, it is better to use it for other associated symptoms, not for diarrhea in particular. (17, 18, 19, 20)
1. Avoid Exercise
Exercises usually depend on straining too much, which may not be good for your diarrhea. In addition, you will lose a lot of water, which may lead to dehydration.
There is a term called “runner’s diarrhea”, which occurs after running long distances.
If you have diarrhea, rest and take care of yourself. (21, 22, 23, 24)