Posted on Sep 07, 2007 | Comments 1
Have the problem of loose and watery stools? Then your condition might be diarrhea.
If you are suffering with diarrhea you will pass stool more than three times in a day.
Diarrhea is of three types. One is acute diarrhea and is a common problem in most people. It goes away on its own without any special treatments.
Prolonged diarrhea continues for more than 2 days and this can be a sign of a more serious problem and also induces the risk of dehydration.
So, your body don’t get enough fluid to function properly. Dehydration is a serious risk especially in children and older people.
The last type is chronic diarrhea and it can be a feature of chronic disease.
Diarrhea can be caused by bacteria, viruses and parasitic infection. Usually, this can be accompanied by abdominal pain, bloating, cramping, and nausea. Based on the cause, you can also get fever or blood stools.
Food poisoning leading to diarrhea:
Sometimes food poisoning can also cause diarrhea. Foods which are half boiled and not prepared properly can cause diarrhea. You will observe food poisoning in most of the people thus having the symptoms of loose stools.
In order to overcome from this, drink plenty of water and also drink dehydration salt, eat apples and bananas. Water is essential because you are dehydrated. When you or your child is affected with diarrhea, avoid the foods such as apricots, fruit juices, peas, pears, peaches, plums, prunes, etc.
Include the foods such as apple, banana, buttermilk, carrot, mint, papaya, potato, pomegranate, etc. in your diet.
Probiotics to treat infectious diarrhea:
According to the researchers, probiotics can greatly help you to prevent episodes of antibiotic-associated diarrhea. These are defined as micro-organisms that give beneficial effects on human health especially when you have disturbed bowels.
Probiotics help to modify the intestinal flora. In order to decrease the risk of diarrhea in infants, you should use probiotic dietary supplements which contain healthy bacteria or yeasts. They can help your child to restore the body’s natural balance.
Probiotics are the excellent source to prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD) in your child.
Natural remedies for diarrhea:
If you or your child didn’t get cure from using medications and some other methods, you can use natural remedies to treat diarrhea.
- If you feel that you have eaten spoiled food, then take homeopathic arsenicum.
- Drinking ginger tea can stop cramps and pain. You can also take ginger in capsule form.
- Drink plenty of water and fluids. Avoid caffeine and alcohol consumption. For example, drink carrot juice and ginger ale. They make your stool less watery.
- If you have mild symptoms, then you can drink blackberry tea.
- Drink lemon juice mixed in a large glass of water three to five times a day. This kills the pathogens which are the main cause of diarrhea.
By properly taking probiotics, you can reduce diarrhea to a greater extent. If you do not get cured, then you can use natural remedies. Some of them can also cause side effects.
Posted in: Digestive & Intestinal Disorders