Authored by Nickie Fleming in Diseases
Published on 05-20-2009
Diarrhea is a nasty condition, so we try our best to prevent it. It can be caused by a change in the diet, and is often experienced when traveling abroad and eating different foods. I advise travelers to bring along some meds for diarrhea on any trip, but it is also good to know there are lots of natural remedies to relieve the symptoms.
Let’s give a summary of possible cures:
- The old Romans cured diarrhea with lentils. These are good sources of minerals which can restore some of the normal intestinal flora.
- The Chinese advise to eat a peeled crab apple at every meal, and they drink a cup of freshly squeezed radish juice twice a day.
- Grated raw apples were also used by the early American settlers as a remedy for diarrhea. Apples, namely, are a rich source of pectin which is a soluble fiber.
- Different types of berries can also be used against diarrhea.
Raspberry leaves are rich in nutrients which help to balance the body and relieve diarrhea.
Blackberry juice is mainly used in Italy, mixed with jam, or wine, or brandy (the preferred dose would be six ounces of blackberry juice with one teaspoon of jam, or two ounces of wine or two tablespoon of brandy every four hours).
Blueberries are used in Sweden, because they are rich in anthocyanosides which kill bacteria that often cause diarrhea.
- Another juice that can be used is that of the pomegranate
- Cooked carrots can be an effective treatment, especially for infant diarrhea. They provide the necessary bulk to get rid of the diarrhea, but also replenish the supply of minerals and vitamins which were lost during an attack.
- Leek juice is often used in Great-Britain. It contains many minerals, and works like the cooked carrots.
- Yogurt has also been used for hundreds of years as a remedy against diarrhea. It contains living microbes that hinder the growth of bacteria which cause diarrhea.
- Mexican and Oriental cooking often use ginger. It is a popular herb because it aids in the removal of excess waste and helps naturally to prevent gripping and diarrhea.
- Slippery elm is also an excellent remedy against diarrhea. It reduces irritation of the colon and the small intestines.
Many natural remedies against diarrhea will be made from starchy foods and fluids. A few examples are lentil soup, rice porridge, carrot soup, tapioca pudding, coconut juice and chicken noodle soup. Other remedies include cereals, bananas, rice, tapioca and root vegetables, such as carrots and potatoes. And why not eat a piece of cheese?
During outbreaks, it is best to avoid most dairy products, because they tend to make the diarrhea worse than it was – the one exception being yogurt.
It is also advisable to drink a lot of water, to prevent dehydration.
When you need pain relief, you can use chamomile. It is a natural pain reliever which helps your body to get rid of cramps and inflammation.