I had diarrhea on Monday morning. It was bad. I woke up at 4am and went to the toilet 3 times. I had another one when I woke up at 9am. Let me tell you, it was painful. The area around my tummy felt sore. I felt weak. My reason for diarrhea was dirty food. I ate at a roadside stall nearby my house the night before. Now it’s in my blacklisted list. I had work to do and needed to stop and cure diarrhea. So, I went out on a home made remedy hunting spree and came up with these info.
Diarrhea is often caused by viruses and bacteria toxins. Part of the digestion process includes mixing up food with water. So food is actually watery before it reaches the colon, as the colon’s job is to suck up water and leave the remaining as semisolid stools. An inflamed colon inhibits absorption, thus watery stools result.
Once the body detects something wrong with the food content, it will want to dispose of it. If it’s detected early, it’s purged from the top. Once it enters the lower intestines, the only way out is anally. Immediately, Na+ is transported from other parts of the body to the gut, causing CL- and HCO3- to flow passively with water. This in turn triggers the intestine to contract, pushing the contents out through anal tunnel. This is the body’s natural self defense mechanism which should never be prevented. Meds like Loperamide should not be used because it prevents contractions, leaving the virus / bacteria toxin still intact in the body.
Stop the virus, not stop the body. Strengthen the body, instead of preventing it from doing it’s job. Here are 8 natural home remedies that is commonly found in every household which can be used to stop diarrhea.
Helps to make firmer bowels. Know that a lot nutrients are lost from the body when a diarrhea occurs and potassium is one of the most. Bananas will not only help absorb excess fluid, they will also help replenish potassium levels.
Blueberries are rich in anthocyanosides, which have antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Tannin, an astringent that is found mostly in teas, helps to stop excess secretion from the intestinal lining.
Chamomile tea has antispasmodic properties. Know that black tea also contain tannins.
The best natural anti bacteria. Learn to love it. Wrap up chopped, raw garlic into any type of edible leaf and swallow it with water if you have to.
Toast helps to firm bowel movements as it is bland and starchy.
Rice can be handled easily by recovering diarrhea victims. The starchiness reduces the amount of fluid lost and restores intestinal flora, which leads to a speedy recovery.
Drink a cup each hour that you are awake. I started at 10am every hour until 10pm at night.
‘Live cultures’ are friendly bacteria that provide a layer of protection in the intestines. Taken after diarrhea, yogurt helps to generate lactic acid to wipe out bacterial toxins. Diarrhea caused by oral antibiotics is preventable when ‘live culture’ yogurt is taken together. Antibiotics will kill all types of bacteria, including good ones, but ‘live culture’ replenishes the good ones. I took a cup of ‘live culture’ yogurt before lunch, the day I had diarrhea.
Last but not least,
- Avoid caffeinated drinks because they can irritate the bowel.
- Avoid carbonated drinks as they can affect intestinal contractions and make diarrhea worse.
- Avoid alcohol. Causes digestive disturbances.
- Avoid cold drinks. Digestion is aided by warmth.
- Avoid dairy products, except yogurt as no enzymes will be available to break down milk sugar during this period.