Diarrhea or Diarrhoea is something we have all experienced at one time or another. The target during home treatment of diarrhea should be:
- to ensure an adequate supply of fluids and nutrients
- to decrease the frequency of loose motion/diarrhea to below 3 times in 24 hours
If you are not being able to take fluids orally or have a severe bout of diarrhea and vomiting due to which you are not being able to retain fluids, you should immediately call a doctor or go to the closest emergency room for IV fluids. Once the initial bout has settled, the treatment can be continued at home with oral rehydration.
Here are 6 home remedies for diarrhea you can start immediately.
Diarrhea results in a loss of minerals from the body and can easily result in dehydration if not treated properly. You must ensure proper hydration during this time. Or in severe dehydration, you should take over-the-counter electrolytes. If an electrolyte solution is not readily available you can make one at home.
Preparing an Oral Rehydration Solution at home
- Fill a jug with 5 glasses of clean drinking water
- Add 6 teaspoons of sugar
- Half a teaspoon of salt and mix
You can drink this multiple times a day to ensure your body maintains the required salt and sugar.
Alcohol, milk, soda, and other carbonated or caffeinated drinks should not be used during diarrhea, as they can worsen your symptoms.
The next step is taking fiber and probiotics to support your digestive system.
Yogurt is a probiotic that helps your gut heal. It is one of the best ways to treat diarrhea at home. Make sure you are eating plenty of it.
A study has shown both the commercially available probiotic and regular yogurt to be equally effective for treating diarrhea. So you do not need to worry about which yogurt you are having, as long as you are having it.
Psyllium husk is a soluble fiber that is very effective in treating diarrhea. It absorbs the extra water in your gut slowing down your diarrhea and easing your loose motion.
Multiple studies have found Psyllium Husk to be one of the most effective foods to stop diarrhea in adults.
It is one of the essentials at my home as well and the first line of action against diarrhea. I just add 1-2 two tablespoons of psyllium husk to water, stir it and drink it quickly.
It bulks up really quickly in water and becomes difficult to drink if you let it stay. So make sure you drink it immediately after putting it in water.
If you don’t like the texture of water and husk, you can try having it with a bowl of yogurt.
Bananas are the quickest home remedy for diarrhea as they supply an instant boost of nutrients to your body. At the same time, they also slow down the bowel making you feel better. It is best to eat green bananas as studies have shown they are a rich source of potassium, starch, and pectin, and are more nutritious as compared to their yellow counterparts.
But that does not mean you cannot have the regular yellow bananas. Both are great for treating diarrhea, so if you find the green variety, that’s good, but the yellow one will also work.
Just eat a couple of bananas after your next visit to the toilet and you’ll feel better.
Applesauce is great for diarrhea as it contains nutrients needed by your body as well as pectin which slows down the bowel. It is best to make it at home as most of the ones available at stores have other ingredients that are not healthy.
Remember to stay away from processed foods.
Rice is one of the oldest home remedies for diarrhea. Multiple studies have shown rice and rice-based diets to be highly effective in the treatment of persistent diarrhea.
Studies have also shown rice water to be highly effective in rehydration. It is an easy, fast, and effective home remedy for diarrhea. Here is how you can make rice water:
- Put 2 cups of clean, drinking water in a pot
- Add 1 cup regular white or brown rice to the water
- Boil for 8-10 minutes
- Strain the rice and save the water in a glass or a cup
Let the rice water cool down and save it for consumption. Please note that this should be consumed preferably on the same day.