Diarrhea natural remedies

•  Commission E in Germany promotes the use of agrimony for common diarrhea, probably due to its high tannin content. Make a tea using 2 to 3 teaspoons of leaves.

• Apple has long been used as a remedy for diarrhea. The pectin is useful in that it helps harden stool. It's actually amphoteric, which means it's also good for constipation because it will soften stool when necessary.

• Blackberry and raspberry are high in tannins. Make a tea with 2 teaspoons of either, or 1 of each.

• Carob powder shortens the duration of diarrhea. One study focused on 41 infants with bacterial or viral diarrhea. The placebo group had diarrhea for an average of 4 days; babies given the powder had it for just 2 days.

• Diarrhea natural remediesFenugreek seeds contain almost 50% mucilage, so they swell in the gut and relieve diarrhea. Use no more than 2 teaspoons at a time, or you may have abdominal pain.

• Psyllium works the same way as does fenugreek. Assess your reaction, though; many people are allergic to this herb.

Dosages may vary, depending on duration and severity of symptoms. Follow any package directions, or consult a qualified health practitioner.

What makes it worse?

•  Rushing back to food will make your cramping and diarrhea recur almost without fail, since the toxic or infectious assault on the gastrointestinal tract leaves it temporarily weakened and unable to tolerate "normal" solid meals.

• Dairy products place an added burden on the system, because absorption of milk and other dairy foods requires a special enzyme (lactase) to break down the milk sugar. The "sick" bowel quits making the lactase, and it takes several days to coax it back into production. If, before your bowel is, ready to cooperate, you eat some milk or cheese, you won't be able to absorb it and you'll develop diarrhea once again.

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