Diarrhea is a condition that is characterized by frequent excretion of watery, loose and inconsistent stools. It may also be accompanied with additional symptoms of nausea, fever, thirst, fatigue, stomach cramps and vomiting. This condition is very common and affects every one at some point in their lives. Diarrhea could be caused due to a large number of reasons, some of which are; viral infections, bacterial infections, parasitic infections (through pathogens), intestinal diseases or disorders, reactions from certain medications and food intolerance. Some of the symptoms of this condition are, water stools, mucus in stools, bleeding if there is a severe infection, abdominal cramps, mild fever, fatigue and exhaustion, loss of appetite, dehydration and vomiting. This condition if ignored can prove to be fatal, particularly if there is a substantial loss of body fluids.

Here are a few home remedies that can help in treating this condition. To a glass of water add one teaspoon of sugar and a pinch of salt. This solution should be sipped on by the patient through out the day. It is the simplest and oldest method of treating this condition. Another very effective remedy for treating this condition is by eating apples. Peel and apple and then shred it. Keep the shredded fruit aside for 15-20 minutes, till it turns brown. This should then be eaten by the patient. Two to three apples, when had in this form, will prove to be beneficial, as it contains a substance known as pectin, which will help in adding fiber to stool, while also soothing the gut. A glass of coconut water should be had twice a day, it will help in restoring lost body fluids. Consuming a bowl of fresh yogurt will also help.

Mix together a teaspoon each of honey, freshly squeeze lime juice and mint. This mixture should be fed to the patient 2-3 times a day. Add a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lime juice to a glass of water. This concoction should be had every two hours, it will help in combating dehydration. Consume light and small meals. Fruit juices, vegetable and lentil soups and rice porridge are recommended. Pomegranate juice in particular, is recommended for this condition, as it helps in restoring body fluids. Avoid all kinds of dairy products, chocolates and spicy foods. Caffeine and alcohol is a definite no no. If none of these remedies work and the symptoms begin to get worse then seek medical aid immediately.

answered by G M

One thing that it is important for you to avoid doing when you suffer from diarrhea is taking antidiarrheal medication. Such medication will only prevent the body from purging itself, and thus prolong the infection.

Apart from this, it is important that you consume sufficient fluids. One major side effect of diarrhea is dehydration, which in very severe cases can even require hospitalization. Be sure to drink lots of water, fresh juices, and sports drinks that contain glucose. If you feel up to it, you can even make your own drink by adding a teaspoon of sugar and a pinch of salt to a glass of water. Since your digestive system will probably not be able to take solid food, you should also have clear soups such as chicken broth. If you feel able to handle solid food and are hungry enough, you may eat small amounts of light foods such as toast, bananas, and yoghurt. However, it is a good idea to give your system a rest at least for the first day. In any case, you should avoid aerated drinks, milk, legumes, pasta, apples, and pears.

If diarrhea lasts longer than three days or if the symptoms are particularly severe, you should visit a doctor.

answered by G M

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