Diarrhea is a condition where stools are frequently eliminated, quite often loose and watery. The ailment is very common and can sometimes be accompanied by other symptoms. A person usually passes stool more than three times in a day. If diarrhea is chronic or persists for more than two to three days it is recommended to see a physician especially due to dehydration.

Diarrhea can have many causes. It can be due to any of the following as well as combinations of these conditions.

  • Poor food absorption
  • Bacteria in food or water
  • Gastroenteritis, caused by a virus
  • Lack of Fiber
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Food poisoning
  • Reaction to rancid or unripe food
  • Colitis
  • Enzyme and chronic vitamin A deficiency
  • Lactose and gluten intolerance
  • Reaction to chemicals in food
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol and caffeine
  • Large amounts of sugar substitutes
  • Overuse of laxatives
In addition, diarrhea can be due to some specific health conditions. If you know or suspect that you suffer from one of these conditions you should talk to your doctor for help treating the symptoms.
  • Celiac disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • bowel cancer
  • ulcerative colitis
  • hyperactive thyroid
  • Crohn's disease
  • Celiac disease
Symptoms of diarrhea can include several of the following:
  • Increased thirst: dehydration
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Intestinal grumbling
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sometime vomiting and fever
  • Fatigue

When you have diarrhea it is highly recommended to replace fluids that are lost to prevent dehydration. Medicines can be taken but they are not always helpful. There are many remedies that can help restore healthy bowel function.
  • Acidophilus
  • Yogurt
  • High fiber foods like brown rice and green leafy salads
  • Plenty of liquids
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Ginger
  • Papaya
  • Peppermint or chamomile tea for the stomach
  • Lemon that can help kill off pathogens
  • Clears soups and broth
Things to Avoid

To prevent diarrhea while traveling outside of the United States there are thing you should avoid. Often there you can bring your own bottled water and possibly fruit and vegetables.
  1. Public tap water (including brushing your teeth)
  2. Ice made from tap water.
  3. Do not drink unpasteurized milk or dairy products
  4. Avoid raw fruits and vegetables such as pre made green salads and fruit salads, unless you can peel them yourself
  5. Raw or rare meat and fish
  6. Shellfish that is not cooked completely
  7. Food at vendors
It is usually recommended to wait at least 2 days before calling a doctor unless you have severe symptoms. You also want to make sure children and elderly get quite a bit of liquids to avoid dehydration as much as possible.

There are also herbs that might be helpful. Please consult a reputable herbalist or doctor before administering herbs.

Herbal diarrhea remedies
Aloe Vera
Green tea
Slippery Elm
White Oak bark
Bee pollen