Remedies for Diarrhea

Popularly known as loose stools, diarrhea is the condition wherein the body experiences frequent passage of watery, unformed stools. Generally, the intestine absorbs the water secreted by stomach, liver and pancreas as well as the water present in the food we consume. When a person gets affected with the disease, the intestine is not able to absorb excess of water. This results in the passage of loose stools. Right from young kids to the aged people, diarrhea can strike everyone. It may either be in a mild form, acute or even chronic. Though not a very serious ailment, If left untreated, diarrhea can lead to major complications in the body functioning. In the following lines, we have provided some of the causes and symptoms of diarrhea.


You can lose a lot of liquid in diarrhea, but you also lose electrolytes, minerals such as sodium and potassium that are critical in the running of your body. Here’s how to replace what you’re losing:


  • Drink plenty of fluids. Consume two quarts (eight cups) of fluids a day, three quarts (12 cups) if you’re running a fever. Plain water lacks electrolytes, but it’s a good, gentle-on-the-tummy option that can help you replace some of the fluid that you’ve lost. Other choices include weak tea with a little sugar, sports drinks such as Gatorade, flat soda pop (decaffeinated flavors such as ginger ale are best), and fruit juices other than apple and prune, which have a laxative effect.
  • Buy an over-the-counter electrolyte replacement formula. Pedialyte, Rehydralyte, and Ricelyte are available without a prescription from your local drugstore. These formulas contain fluids and minerals in the proper proportion.
Causes Of Diarrhea
  • Overeating
  • Incomplete digestion of the food consumed
  • Putrefaction in the intestinal tract.
  • Viral and bacterial infections
  • Food allergies
  • Bowel disorders
  • Organic diseases
  • Nervous irritability
  • Use of antibiotic drugs
  • Excessive intake of laxatives
  • Emotional stress
  • Anxiety
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol
  • Infected water
  • Wrong combination of foods
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Radiation or chemotherapy
Symptoms Of Diarrhea
  • Stomach ache
  • Nausea
  • High temperature
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased frequency, volume and weight of stool
  • Frequent loose stools
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Bloating

Avoid Certain Foods

 Avoid milk, cheese, and other dairy products (except yogurt, unless you don’t usually tolerate it well) while you have diarrhea as well as for one to three weeks after it stops. Thesmall intestine, where milk is digested, is affected by diarrhea and simply won’t work as well for a while.

Chamomile is good for treating intestinal inflammation, and it has antispasmodic properties as well. You can brew yourself a cup of chamomile tea from packaged tea bags, or you can buy chamomile flowers and steep 1 teaspoon of them and 1 teaspoon of peppermint leaves in a cup of boiling water for fifteen minutes. Drink 3 cups a day. Also the tannins in ordinary black tea have an anti-diarrheal effect.





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