When diarrhea strikes, drink plenty of clear liquid (including rehydration fluids) to replace the lost water and the salts essential for retaining water in the body.
This traditional remedy can ease the unpleasant stomach camps that often accompany diarrhea
- 1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) dried thyme
- 1 cup (250 ml) boiling water Infuse the dried plant for 5 minutes and strain. Drink three cups a day.
• Sip non carbonated mineral water or black tea flavored with sugar and a pinch of salt.
• Buy a pack of special glucose electrolyte mixtures from a pharmacy to offset salt loss. These solutions arc especially important for children, pregnant women and older people for whom major fluid loss is particularly dangerous.
• Make your own electrolyte solution: Mix 2 cups (500 ml) non carbonated mineral water with 7 teaspoons (35 ml) sugar, 1 teaspoon (5 ml) salt and 2 cups (500 ml) orange juice or fruit tea to provide potassium and flavoring. Drink throughout the day.
• Drink at least 1 cup (250 ml) tea three times a day. Tea made from catnip or raspberry leaves contain tannins that have a soothing effect on the intestines.
WHEN TO CONSULT A DOCTOR Infants and small children with diarrhea should see a doctor right away. Adults should seek medical treatment if the diarrhea continues for more than 3 days.
• Slippery elm powder soothes the inflamed lining of the digestive tract. Take 1 teaspoon (5 ml) daily.
• Eat yogurt, which contains “good bacteria,” to combat any harmful bacteria that may have caused diarrhea in the first place. Replacing them can help you feel better faster.
• Eating 1-2 teaspoons (5-10 ml) dried blueberries is a time honored Swedish cure for diarrhea. The berries act as an astringent, contracting tissue, reducing inflammation in the intestine and ultimately slowing diarrhea.
• Dark chocolate contains a high percentage of cocoa and flavonoids that ease diarrhea.
• Apply a little heat. Heat calms the intestine and makes you feel better. A hot water bottle or a warmed wheat bag should do the trick.
• Boil two handfuls of fresh calendula flowers in water, strain, place the flowers into a cloth bag and put it on your stomach. Test it with a fingertip first to make sure that it’s not too hot.
• Calm your nerves. Nervous diarrhea can be treated with aromatherapy massage. Mix 3-4 drops of chamomile, sandalwood, juniper or lavender oil with 2 teaspoons (10 ml) almond oil and massage your lower abdomen clockwise.
• Stick to low-fiber foods. such as toast, when recovering from an acute case of diarrhea.