Pain shooting from the insides, leaving your stomach in a knot. You start breaking out in a cold sweat and you feel nauseous. You’ve spent half the day in the toilet. It might be that big Mexican lunch with your officemates or the sushi you had for dinner with friends, whichever the culprit is, you know the food you ate did not agree with your stomach. And now you’re dealing with full-blown diarrhea.
Diarrhea is an uncomfortable, unpleasant condition caused by bacterial infection. There are two types of diarrhea: acute and chronic. In most cases, the condition is acute or short-term loose bowel movement. Symptoms of acute diarrhea – also known as stomach flu – include watery stool, frequent bathroom breaks, stomach cramps, nausea and bloating.
Thankfully, acute diarrhea isn’t a health concern. As long you get plenty of rest and fluids, the discomfort will go away on its own. Below are all-natural methods that’ll eliminate symptoms of diarrhea:
1. Drink Plenty of Water
When you are having bouts of diarrhea, you lose a lot of fluids. You have to replenish body fluids to prevent dehydration. We recommend drinking more than 8 glasses of water and beverages with electrolytes.
You can get electrolyte replacement formulas from your local pharmacy. These formulas will replenish lost vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes. Also, we recommend drinking cold beverages rather than warm or hot drinks. Colder beverages are less irritating to the stomach.
Diarrhea is often caused by bacterial overgrowth. Antibiotics will kill bad bacteria, but it will obliterate beneficial bacteria too.
The gut has a delicate ecosystem, bad food could tip the balance, causing bacterial infection. Eating foods rich in beneficial bacteria helps restore the natural flora of the stomach. A great way to start is by eating plain or Greek yogurt. Yogurt contains culture or friendly bacteria that aid in digestion. The lactic acid in yogurt also kills bad bacteria on contact. Regular consumption of yogurt or fermented foods helps cut the risk of diarrhea altogether.
3. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is an excellent remedy against intestinal inflammation. It contains anti-spasmodic properties, soothing stomach cramps. To treat diarrhea using chamomile tea, steep a tea bag over a cup of hot water. Add peppermint leaves and enjoy. Drink the solution thrice per day.
All types of starchy foods help ease diarrhea symptoms. Potato is best because it has a mild flavor and thick texture. It’s also nonirritating to the stomach. This starchy root crop is loaded with essential vitamins and minerals too! We recommend eating boiled potato with a little salt and nothing more. Do not fry potatoes. Don’t add butter either! Greasy and fried foods will only aggravate an upset stomach.
Rounding up our list of excellent remedies against diarrhea are blueberries. Blueberries are packed with vitamin C, antioxidants and anti-bacterial properties. All these nutrients help ease stomach cramps, prevent bacterial overgrowth and replenish the body’s lost fluids. Blueberries also aid in digestion. The berries are loaded with tannins, antioxidants that fight bad gut bacteria.