Diarrhea is an awful condition that can force you to completely put your life on hold.
Got a cold? Then you can still muddle through and leave the house to buy supplies/run errands. A broken bone? Then you just need to be careful not to bash the limb and to rest up whenever possible.
But if you have diarrhea, then you are going to have no option other than to stay at home or at least make sure you stay near a toilet.
So, in that way, diarrhea is actually one of the most disruptive conditions. On top of that, it can actually be dangerous if it leads to dehydration, making it even more important that you deal with the problem quickly and effectively.
With that in mind, this post has collected 21 highly effective home remedies for diarrhea that can help you to overcome the condition or at least gain some relief. Let’s take a look at them…
First though, what is it that causes diarrhea in the first place? Actually, there are a number of different issues which can make it somewhat difficult to treat.
In many cases, diarrhea is actually caused by a bowel infection, which is called gastroenteritis. This in turn will often be the result of a norovirus or rotavirus. In other cases, it will be caused by bacteria such as clostridium difficile, Escherichia coli, salmonella or shigella. These are the bacteria which are responsible for food poisoning – so if you have eaten something that hasn’t been properly cooked, or that has come into contact with something that hasn’t been properly cooked, then that might be responsible.
A number of parasites can also caused diarrhea. These include the giadia intestinalis parasite which causes diarrhea.
But there is more. Diarrhea can also be the result of stress, with our hormones and moods actually having a profound effect on our bowel movements. It can come from consuming too much alcohol as well, or from food allergies and appendicitis. In some cases, diarrhea might be caused by malnutrition and if you aren’t getting enough fiber then this can cause your stool to become very soft.
Malabsorption of nutrients can also cause this problem.
Finally, irritable bowel syndrome can also cause the issue. This is a condition that isn’t fully understood but which is known to negatively impact on the functions of the bowels.
With all this in mind, what can you do to help combat diarrhea and gain temporary and long-term relief? Let’s take a look.
When you have soft and rapid stool, you might be tempted to assume that hydration would be a negative thing. After all, it follows that drinking more water would make your stool softer and wetter.
In fact though, drinking fluids is incredibly important when you have diarrhea because diarrhea is draining your body of liquids, thereby leaving you potentially dehydrated. Dehydration causes many of the other negative symptoms that come from diarrhea, so make sure you are well hydrated.
Likewise, consider that water is important for generally boosting your health and can even help you to better absorb nutrients from your food.