Natural remedies for diarrhea treatment are very effective and without the side effects of over the counter diarrhea remedies. The top 6 home treatments for diarrhea include apple cider vinegar, colloidal silver, activated charcoal, kefir, turmeric, and diet changes. These folk remedies have been recommended in various parts of the world for generations because they work well.
The greatest risk of diarrhea is dehydration, which can be a very serious condition, especially in children and the elderly.
Top 6 Home Remedies for Diarrhea
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar works well to balance the gut. Take 1 – 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water once or twice a day.
Activated charcoal powder, available in powder or capsules online or at your health food store works for diarrhea. Mix 1 teaspoon of charcoal powder into a glass of water, or take 4 charcoal capsules or tablets with a glass of water. For severe diarrhea, this remedy may need to be repeated every 2-4 hours.
Charcoal adsorbs toxins and is appropriate for chronic or acute diarrhea. Charcoal can adsorb medications, so do not take charcoal within 2 hours of any medication.
Turmeric works very well for diarrhea. One teaspoon of the powder can be mixed into almond or rice milk or 4 capsules can be taken, several times a day. Turmeric will often stop diarrhea very quickly. It reduces inflammation caused by diarrhea and also fights infection.
4. Colloidal Silver
If you are dealing with diarrhea from food poisoning or an infection, colloidal silver is a great option. Colloidal silver is best taken on an empty stomach.
5. Dietary Changes
If you have chronic diarrhea from IBS or food sensitivities, you may need to keep a food diary to see what foods bother you and which ones suit you best. Some common foods that cause diarrhea in some people are dairy products (especially milk and ice cream), grains, and sugar or other processed foods. Some people cannot handle a lot of raw foods, especially salad.
6. Yogurt, Probiotics, Kefir
If your diarrhea is caused by an imbalance in your digestive system or by anti-biotic use, a pro-biotic supplement, milk kefir, or yogurt will help to repopulate the good and necessary bacteria in your gut. Any time you must take an anti-biotic, it is a good idea to add one of these pro-bitoics to your diet for at least a time.
Watch Out for Dehydration
Dehydration is a real threat whenever there is diarrhea. The body is pulling fluids out of the cells to flush out whatever is offending. If you do not replace those fluids, you are at risk of dehydration, which causes a variety of secondary problems and can even result in death, especially in young children and the elderly.
While plenty of water is good for diarrhea to keep hydrated, some type of oral re-hydration solution (i.e. Pedialyte, Gatorade) is actually better. These will help to replace lost minerals that are critical for body function. Adding blackstrap molasses to water will provide many of the nutrients lost. Adding a pinch of sea salt is another way to help replace lost salts and trace minerals.
If diarrhea cannot be brought under control with these measures or over the counter products and dehydration begins to set in, seek medical counsel. A simple IV with fluids can be life saving.
What to Eat When you Have Diarrhea
While you are suffering with diarrhea, eat simply. The traditional BRAT diet is a good one. (Bread, rice (white), applesauce, toast.) Dairy products, fried foods, and spicy foods are best avoided until the diarrhea problem is resolved.
Causes of Diarrhea
- Acute diarrhea can be caused by food poisoning, infection, influenza, the stomach flu etc.
- Chronic diarrhea can be cause by IBS, food sensitivities, a nervous stomach, or parasites.
- Diarrhea can also be a side effect of different medications, especially anti-biotics.
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