Diarrhea is a bothersome disorder which every one of us has passed through. Before discussing remedies, it is important to study some science behind it.Let me take you back to grade five and understand briefly our digestion process.
When we chew our food, it gets mixed with saliva and through food pipe reaches our stomach.The food gets digested here; nutrients are extracted and the remaining undigested food is removed through our intestines in the form of urine and stool.Now sometimes, because of certain problems, our large intestine extracts extra water and passes it off along-with the stool.
This is how we get hit with diarrhea. Diarrhea is a very routine problem and running to doctor every time is neither feasible nor preferred. In such times, home remedies serve as best friends.Below are some of the best home remedies in curing diarrhea.
Natural Cures for Diarrhea
Shift to Fluids
Diarrhea results in loss of important electrolytes such as sodium, potassium and chloride apart from water. Hence, resorting to liquid diet will not only put lesser burdens on our bowels, but also replenish the lost electrolytes.
Starch containing liquids such as barley water, coconut water and rice gruel should be preferred since these help in binding the stool.However,liquids containing high amounts of fructose and alcohol should be avoided as they are bulky compounds and are difficult to be degraded.
Milk or dairy items are a bad idea in treating diarrhea.But buttermilk is a sure shot remedy to get relief from diarrhea.Buttermilk contains species of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifido-bacterium which have dual action – firstly they help in building useful bacteria in intestine and secondly help in fighting the germs and bacteria in our body.
Carrot is a one-stop solution to all the problems of diarrhea.It checks dehydration, restores lost electrolytes, fights with harmful germs and bacteria, stops vomiting sensation, aids digestion process and gives soothing effect from abdomen pain.
Prepare carrot soup by adding half kilogram of carrot in one liter of boiling water. After carrot becomes soft, remove the pulp and store the liquid. Drinking this liquid in every half an hour quickly checks the diarrhea problem.
Fresh lemon juice is one of the most trusted home remedy in diarrhea. It will help in fighting against the dehydrating condition and support the weakened immune system.Prepare fresh lemon juice by adding a pinch of salt and three teaspoons of sugar.One tablespoon of ginger and a pinch of black pepper can also be added for enhanced action.
Garlic is a powerful and promising remedy in diarrhea. It contains rich extracts of potassium which helps in proper contraction of intestine muscles and aiding digestion.Simply chew one to two raw garlic cloves two to three times a day.Soon it will relieve you from the burning sensation.
Ginger effectively catalyzes the digestion process and hence is a very useful remedy in attending the problem of diarrhea. Prepare ginger tea by adding two tablespoon of grated ginger in one cup of boiling water.Drink it hot for about three to four times at interval of one hour.It helps in alleviating cramps and abdominal pain.
The starch in rice helps in thickening stools. Cook one cup of raw rice in three cups of boiling water.When rice is properly cooked, drain the excess water.Cooked rice is considered as one of the best remedy in diarrhea.
Honey is mostly available in our homes.Gulp the mixture containing four tablespoons of honey in one glass of water. Have it about two-three times a day. If you are suffering from diabetes, this cure is not advisable.
Pomegranate helps in supplementing the essential nutrients to the diarrhea patients with its astringent properties.Have half a glass of fresh pomegranate juice two to three times a day.It will immediately check on diarrhea problems.
Turmeric is a world-renowned remedy in curing inflammation.In diarrhea also, it acts as an antiseptic agent for intestine and as a medicine for stomach by stimulating gastric enzymes- thus checking diarrhea. You can either directly take one teaspoon of dry, powdered turmeric with water or alternatively with buttermilk.
So, next time, try these remedies rather than rushing to doctor and see for yourself the benefits of these remedies. But yes, if you find that these remedies are not combating diarrhea completely, or if you find blood in your stools, see a doctor without any delay. Wishing you a speedy and healthy recovery!